Apple-Cinnamon Bread Pudding with Creamy Bourbon Sauce

I am a big fan of bread pudding.  Bread pudding for dessert, bread pudding for a snack, and bread pudding with milk and a sprinkle of sugar for breakfast!   Yum.  When I was a little girl my mom would make it for us, it was fairly basic back then....stale bread, raisins, and custard.  There is a flair to bread pudding these days with the addition of coconut, apples, or pecans, and wonderful sauces such as a lemon-rum sauce or a brandy sauce or a creamy bourbon sauce.

When I was assigned The Weekend Gourmet for this month's post for The Secret Recipe Club, my love of bread pudding lead the way to Wendy's Apple-Raisin Cinnamon Bread with Creamy Bourbon Sauce.  This was a recipe that I was certain to love!  Really....what's not to love?

Wendy's recipe was mighty good!  I only made a couple of changes to meet our taste.  I added 1/2 cup of coconut and I substituted Emeril's whiskey sauce recipe.

Apple-Cinnamon Bread Pudding 
with Creamy Bourbon Sauce

Preheat Oven: 350° F.
Butter a 13 X 9 baking dish

Bread Pudding

4 eggs
1 cup sugar
2 cups whole milk
4 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 tsp cinnamon
Dash of nutmeg

Place above ingredients in a large mixing bowl.  Whisk well to combine.

1/2 cup pecans, chopped
1/2 cup flaked coconut (I added this, just because...)
1 medium apple, peeled and diced in 1/2 inch pieces
3 1/2 cups diced or torn cinnamon-raisin bread (I used Franz.)

Add the next four ingredients to the custard mixture.  Stir well to combine all of the ingredients.  Pour the mixture into the buttered dish.

Bake for one hour, rotating the dish about halfway through for even cooking.  During the last 10 minutes of baking time, sprinkle a mixture of cinnamon and sugar (2 Tbsp sugar and 1 tsp cinnamon) over the top of the pudding.  Continue baking.  The pudding is done when it is puffy and golden brown.

Bourbon Cream Sauce

1 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup whole milk
1/4 cup sugar
1 Tbsp cornstarch
3/8 cup bourbon, divided (I used Pendleton Bourbon.)
Pinch of salt
1 Tbsp unsalted butter

Combine cream, milk, and sugar in a one quart saucepan and set over medium heat.  Place the cornstarch and 1/8 cup bourbon in a small mixing bowl and whisk to blend making a slurry.  Pour the slurry into the cream mixture and bring to a boil.  Once the sauce begins to boil, reduce the heat to a gentle simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes.  Remove the sauce from the heat, add the salt, and stir in the butter and the remaining bourbon.  Serve warm.


This was even better the next day!  I know that I will be making this again, it was delicious!  What even made it better is that there is an apple tree growing in the backyard at my daughter and son-in-law's house.    (We just welcomed their daughter and our granddaughter to the world four days ago and I am staying here to help out for few days.)  It is a single tree that was grafted with five different varieties.  I picked two different varieties of apples for the pudding.

A few words about Wendy:  Wendy started her blog as a creative outlet and an easy way to share family recipes.  Her vision has taken her to the television studios to cook "live" as well as opened partnerships with many food companies.

Bread pudding fans might also like Bread Pudding with Brandy Sauce and San Francisco Bread Pudding.


  1. You posted my absolute favorite dessert. I love bread pudding! Your recipe looks amazing, and I can not wait to make this. Love the apples coming from your daughters yard. So cool! Great recipe!

  2. Oh, I love bread pudding...and one with apples is even better!!! Great SRC pick :)

  3. I am a bread pudding kind of girl myself. Love it! You forgot to mention that it is good eating it over the kitchen sink too, right out of the baking dish.


  4. Love me a big ole' bowl of comfort food! This looks super delish!

  5. Delicious! I love the flavors in this one...makes me ready for fall :)

  6. I've never actually tried Bread Pudding, but your's does look yummy!

  7. What a delicious way to ease into fall and I love the sauce.

  8. My husband just loves BP..Thanks kate..Hope you are having fun:)

  9. Bread pudding is one of my faves and the bourbon sauce - divine! You had me at the mere mention of Bourbon (and Pendleton - will have to try that one. I normally have MM stocked in the liquor cabinet but I'm always looking to try new ones).

  10. I love the addition of apples to bread pudding, but I'm fixated on the bourbon cream sauce! Very nicely done!

    And - congratulations!

  11. Ok, I just got back from vacation and have vowed to go on a diet. This recipe certainly isn't helping! Bread pudding is one of my favorites. I know I can make this gluten free too. It sounds amazing and I will save it for company or something so I won't end up eating the entire batch myself! :-)

  12. oooh, yum! Craving fall dishes! Looks fantastic!

  13. This looks perfect fall! I am SO ready for fall weather and fall flavor!

  14. What a wonderful nod to Fall! This would be great for coffee with Ma one Saturday soon:@)

  15. Wendy's site rocks! And, so does yours. So glad I got you for this SRC pairing. Really enjoyed lurking around your site. :)

  16. that sounds magnificent! and looks just divine!

  17. Delicious and that bourbon sauce is calling my name.

    If you haven't already, I'd love for you to check out my group "A" SRC entry: Chicken Satay Noodle Salad.

    Cook Lisa Cook

  18. I agree, what's not to love! Sounds delicious.

  19. welcome to the universe your baby grandchild! I love the bourbon sauce :)

  20. oh holy everything that is good in the world. i am in love. bourbon? apples? bread pudding? you are my new favorite person, darling.

    happy src reveal from a group D member :)

    p.s. tomorrow is the Wednesday Fresh Foods Blog Hop - I would LOVE if you'd come share your seasonal post with us. it's exactly what we're looking for. and because it has bourbon, it's exactly what I'M looking for. ;)

    xo, kristy

  21. This looks absolutely delicious!
    So happy for your family with this new little one.
    About 4 more weeks for me. I know it must be so exciting.

  22. Holy moly this looks fantastic! I can't believe I have never tried bread pudding! Now on my ever growing to-do list :)

  23. thank you for taking the time to share with us at The Wednesday Fresh Foods Blog Hop - we hope to see you again this week with more incredible posts! xo, kristy


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