Easy and Delicious Bourbon Bread Pudding Recipe

Easy and Delicious Bourbon Bread Pudding Recipe

Indulge in this rich, buttery, and boozy bourbon bread pudding dessert that’s perfect for brunch or any special occasion.

This irresistible bourbon bread pudding is a true crowd-pleaser. With its luxurious texture and intoxicating aroma, it’s the ultimate comfort food that will have everyone asking for seconds.

Pro Tips: The type of bread you choose is crucial for the perfect texture. Ciabatta will give you the firmest result, while a French baguette works well too. For a softer pudding, opt for brioche or challah, but remember to reduce the soaking time.

Expert Tweaks: Elevate this recipe with two simple steps. First, soak the raisins in the butter-sugar-vanilla mixture for extra flavor. Then, after assembling the pudding in the baking dish, let it rest for an hour at room temperature before baking to allow the flavors to meld.

Bourbon Bread Pudding


For the Pudding

  • 1 1/2 pounds ciabatta, brioche, or challah, cut into 2-inch cubes (9 cups)
  • 4 cups half-and-half
  • 12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons pure vanilla extract
  • 5 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup golden raisins

For the Bourbon Glaze

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons bourbon
  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream


  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (180°C) and position a rack in the lower third. Butter a 9-by-13-inch baking dish lightly.
  2. Prepare the pudding: In a large mixing bowl, combine the bread cubes and half-and-half. Let the mixture sit at room temperature while you work on the custard.
  3. Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Remove from heat and stir in the brown sugar, granulated sugar, and vanilla until smooth.
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs and gradually add the butter-sugar mixture, stirring until well combined. Pour this custard over the soaked bread, gently tossing to ensure even distribution.
  5. Transfer the bread mixture to your prepared baking dish, spreading it evenly. Sprinkle raisins over the top and gently press them into the pudding. Ensure the liquid covers all the bread. Cover with foil and bake for 55 minutes.
  6. Uncover and continue baking for 10-15 minutes until golden brown. Set aside while you prepare the glaze.
  7. Create the bourbon glaze: Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Remove from heat, add bourbon and confectioners’ sugar, stirring until incorporated. Mix in the cream until smooth.
  8. Pour the glaze over the warm bread pudding and let it sit for 15 minutes before serving. Enjoy this delectable dessert warm, or refrigerate for up to 4 days.
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
659 Calories
31g Fat
84g Carbs
11g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings: 12
Amount per serving
Calories 659
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 31g 40%
Saturated Fat 19g 93%
Cholesterol 158mg 53%
Sodium 368mg 16%
Total Carbohydrate 84g 31%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 56g
Protein 11g
Vitamin C 1mg 6%
Calcium 211mg 16%
Iron 3mg 16%
Potassium 343mg 7%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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