Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Lydia Degaris Pursell
Hands-on Time
20 Mins
Total Time
1 Hour 15 Mins
Makes 10 to 12 servings

This bread pudding is from New Orleans chef Leah Chase, the queen of Creole cuisine. And yes, it does call for 5 tablespoons of vanilla extract!

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°. Whisk together evaporated milk, eggs, and 1 cup water in a large bowl until well blended. Add bread cubes, stirring to coat thoroughly. Stir in pineapple and next 4 ingredients. Stir in butter, blending well. Pour into a greased 13- x 9-inch baking dish.

Step 2

Bake at 350° for 35 to 45 minutes or until set and crust is golden. Remove from oven, and let stand 2 minutes. Serve with Bourbon Sauce.

Dooky Chase's Restaurant, New Orleans, Louisiana

Ratings & Reviews

And I didn't even like bread pudding...

December 26, 2016
Until now. In fact, I normally don't enjoy pineapples either. But the symphony of flavors in this dish brings music to your tastebuds in a unique and velvety way. The grated apple, plumped raisins and bright pineapple is the perfect counter to the ooey-gooey goodness of the bread pudding. It has just enough bourbon to say "Happy Day" to your tastebuds without overpowering the dish. My family raved about this recipe. Words like, "OMG," "Wow, Wow, Wow," and "Oh my word this is the best bread pudding I've ever tasted"  were heard across the room. It looked festive on our Christmas table, and officially became an instant tradition. Make this recipe, and you'll be glad you did---even if normally you don't like bread pudding.

Best ever bread puddin

October 16, 2016
This recipe is wonderful and easy. I used apples and pears that I sautéed in butter first instead of pineapple because that is what I had. I noticed the recipe is extremely forgiving with the quantities. So I definitely recommend saving all your leftover bread and make this at least once a week. I am certain this would be great with homemade bread. Thank you. I'm making the bourbon sauce now and will rate that when I'm done! The next time I make this I'm going to try one can of sweetened condensed mild in place of the sugar and one of the cans of condensed milk. I think it may give it an unusual and wonderful flavor. I love to play with recipes and I'm having alot of fun with this one!

joanneosimmons's Review

February 19, 2014
This is, without a doubt, the most delicious bread pudding ever! It is worthy of a formal dinner, family supper, or special event. You will not regret taking the time and making the effort. And you will make numerous new friends.