Succulent Bread Pudding with Salted Caramel Sauce has a perfectly moist, creamy interior with a crisp outer crust. The layer of bourbon-splashed caramel sauce in the middle of the bread pudding is the secret to this velvety-rich interior. Learn more tips for making perfect bread pudding—no matter the recipe—in this helpful how-to guide.
5 cups (1/2-inch) cubed French bread (about 8 ounces)
1 cup evaporated fat-free milk
3/4 cup 1% low-fat milk
1/3 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons bourbon
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
2 large eggs
3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
3 tablespoons bourbon
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
6 tablespoons half-and-half, divided
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
How to Make It
Preheat oven to 350°.
To prepare bread pudding, arrange bread in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake at 350° for 8 minutes or until lightly toasted.
Combine evaporated milk and next 7 ingredients (through eggs) in a large bowl; stir with a whisk. Add bread cubes. Let stand 20 minutes, occasionally pressing on bread to soak up milk.
To prepare sauce, combine brown sugar, 3 tablespoons bourbon, and butter in a small saucepan over medium-high heat; bring to a boil. Simmer 2 minutes or until sugar dissolves, stirring frequently. Stir in 5 tablespoons half-and-half; simmer 10 minutes or until reduced to about 1 cup. Remove pan from heat. Stir in remaining 1 tablespoon half-and-half, 1 teaspoon vanilla, and 1/8 teaspoon salt. Keep warm.
Spoon half of bread mixture into a 9 x 5–inch loaf pan coated with cooking spray. Drizzle 3 tablespoons sauce over bread mixture. Spoon remaining half of bread mixture over sauce. Bake at 350° for 45 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Serve warm sauce with bread pudding.
This is phenomenal. I plan to make it for Easter. It would be excellent with raisins or even sliced bananas for a bananas foster take. Whip cream finished ours. Vanilla would also be great with it. Be sure to serve it warm...
Followed the recipe to a 'T'..turned out to be an amazing dessert for a non-traditional Christmas dinner...lamb shanks, roasted asparagus, blue cheese au gratin potatoes and Bread Pudding with Salted Caramel Sauce!
My bread pudding turned out great! I used 1 cup half and half instead of the evaporated milk and I poured ALL of the sauce on top of the bread pudding before baking… I turned the oven up to 375 and left the dish in for 50 minutes. It came out moist and delicious and tasted even better when served with a side of vanilla or butter brickle ice cream.