Bread & Butter Pudding

Bread & Butter Pudding

March 2, 2017

Here’s a lovely treat for St. Patrick’s day. Not only is this festive, delicious and comforting, it’s an ingenious way to use second-day bread. You can use thick white bread, challah, brioche—almost any leftover bread, the sweeter the better.

Many of the bakeries and bulk shops in Amish Country are great places to get the spices and ingredients used in this recipe.


  • 2/3 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup Irish whiskey
  • 5 eggs
  • 2 cups whipping cream
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 8 1-inch slices firm white bread (about 10 ounces) (crusts left on)
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature


For Salted Caramel Irish Whiskey Sauce

  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, cubed
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 1/4 cups whipping cream



  1. In a medium mixing bowl, combine raisins and whiskey; let soak for 1 hour. Butter a 2-quart rectangular baking dish; set aside.
  2. In a large bowl whisk together the eggs, cream, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla. Generously spread one side of each slice of bread with the 3/4 cup butter. Cut slices in half diagonally and arrange in the bottom of the prepared baking dish, overlapping the slices. Drain the raisins, reserving the whiskey. Sprinkle raisins over the bread, tucking some between the bread slices. Pour custard over the bread; cover with foil and let soak in refrigerator for 30 minutes.
  3. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Place the baking dish in a large roasting pan. Add enough hot water to come halfway up the sides of the dish. Bake for 45 minutes or until the pudding is set and the top is golden (there will be a layer of melted butter over the pudding). Carefully remove the baking dish from the water bath and let cool slightly on a wire rack (the butter will soak back into the bread as it cools).
  4. Meanwhile, for sauce, melt the butter in a 2-quart saucepan over medium heat. Whisk in the sugar, salt, cream, and 3 tablespoons of the reserved whiskey. Bring to boiling; reduce the heat, and simmer, uncovered, for 10 to 15 minutes or until the sauce thickens slightly, stirring frequently. Serve pudding warm with the sauce spooned over the top.

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