Whiskey Bread Pudding

Written by Charli Mills

Charli Mills, a born buckaroo, makes literary art accessible at CarrotRanch.com. She writes about the veteran spouse experience and women forgotten to history.

March 21, 2014

Recipes From the RanchSpring is subtle. While it’s difficult to capture the exact moment when grass greens or to know when the last snow squall will cover tilled sod or early peas, the light has returned to our days noticeably. I’ve read that it is light, not warmth, that triggers the return of migratory birds. This explains why robins show up, pecking at piles of snow.

Warmth, we can still gather from our ovens. And from a shot of whiskey.

On these spring mornings when the ranch pastures are coated with heavy frost, bread pudding seems like a direct line to heaven. Whiskey Bread Pudding is versatile. You can use up stale bread or cinnamon bagels. When company comes a’calling you can let a loaf of French bread harden on the shelf and then break it up for bread pudding.

In addition to using different breads, you can change the flavor profile easily. Sometimes I’ll toss in a cupful of frozen huckleberries or add raisins and cinnamon. Tomorrow, I’m making pumpkin bread pudding for guests to serve with linguica for breakfast. It’s supposed to be a cold spring day so we’ll enjoy the warmth of bread pudding and who knows–maybe we’ll splash a little whiskey into our coffee cups.

Whiskey Bread Pudding (Pumpkin Version)

  • 5 cups of torn chunks of baguette
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 cup pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. freshly crushed cardamon (optional)
  • 2 Tbsp. whiskey

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Tear apart a stale baguette (about 5 cups) into a 13″ x 9″ baking pan (ungreased). Mix remaining ingredients until smooth, like pumpkin-colored satin. Pour mixture over the bread. Bake for about 40 minutes, until an inserted butter-knife pulls out clean. You may need to bake 5 to 10  minutes longer.

You can serve this with whipped cream or whipped cream and Whiskey Sauce. Why not? It’s spring and it’s still chilly!

Whiskey Sauce

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 beaten egg yolk
  • 2 Tbsp. water
  • 2 Tbsp. whiskey

Melt butter, add sugar, yolk and water into a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon until it boils and the sugar crystals have dissolved. Remove from stove and add whiskey. Serve warm over warm bread pudding.

While warmth is the key factor to yummy bread pudding, whipped cream forms best with cold utensils. I place my Kitchen Aid whisk and bowl in the freezer for 10 minutes before whipping up the cream. Or you can use a buckaroo cheat–Cool Whip.

(Note: the photo below is of a blueberry version which omits the pumpkin and spices, increases the milk to 2 and 1/4 cups, reduces the bread to 4 cups (I used cinnamon bread for this one), omits the whiskey and is baked in an 8 x8 inch pan. Experimenting with bread pudding is easy!)

Bread Pudding

 

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8 Comments

  1. susanzutautas

    Oh I can taste it now.

    • Charli Mills

      It was!!!

  2. Diana Wenzel

    If that bread pudding doesn’t warm you, nothing will. I like the versatility of your recipe. So many yummy options.

    • Charli Mills

      Very warming, indeed! This summer, I’m going to experiment with the recipe in a Dutch oven over a campfire. I’ll post an update when I do!

  3. outdoorsydiva

    Oh my! I had to pin that to my personal sweet tooth pinterest board. I will be making it very soon. Do you think rum would work in place of whiskey?

    • Charli Mills

      Oh, especially that Trinidad rum! Rum would be splendid, and if you have some cardamon pods from which you can crush seeds, add some raisins and dried pineapple, maybe some finely diced crystallized ginger and you’ll have a Caribbean-influenced bread pudding. I think I’ll try that next time!

      • outdoorsydiva

        Oh my….sounds like a project for me this weekend! Thank you.

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