This Chocolate Bread Pudding with Bourbon Butter Sauce is an easy to make old-fashioned recipe that’s made super fancy with the warm bourbon butter sauce. Serve this impressive dessert at your next birthday celebration, and everyone will love you. Just don’t forget the bourbon sauce to drizzle over the top! Swoon!
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I was given a copy of the book, Which Fork Do I Use with My Bourbon? Setting the Table for Tastings, Food Pairings, Dinners, and Cocktail Parties to review, but my opinions are all my own.
Which Fork Do I Use with My Bourbon?
This beautiful and classic dessert comes from the lovely book, (affiliate link) Which Fork Do I Use with My Bourbon? Setting the Table for Tastings, Food Pairings, Dinners, and Cocktail Parties, that I had the pleasure to review recently.
I found this book to be very approachable and easy to read. It helps with ideas for throwing parties with all the Southern charm you’d expect from a bourbon party, and with no pretentious vibes.
I like that a bourbon party is great for both men and women. It’s also great for a small gathering of people, maybe even just your family (of course thinking that your family is over 21 years old).
Want to read more about hosting a tasting party? I have a great beginners tutorial for How to Host a Whiskey Tasting Party that includes the basics, like what is whiskey vs. bourbon.
Which Fork Do I Use with My Bourbon? Offers suggestions and step-by-step guides with pairings for those who may not know where to start with a bourbon party. It also offers great recipes both for drinks and for food from appetizers, to main courses, and desserts. It’s complete with recipes, photos, and tips for beginners and experienced aficionados alike.
During their travels in bourbon country, entertainment experts Peggy Noe Stevens and Susan Reigler often heard the question, “How do I do this in my home?” This book is their definitive answer.
From decorations to glassware, this one-stop resource will guide readers from the day they mail invitations to the moment they welcome guests through the door.
Bourbon Tables: How Kentucky Distilleries Entertain
I decided to test out a recipe from chapter 8, “Bourbon Tables: How Kentucky Distilleries Entertain”. It’s a beautiful chapter, with lots of inspiring photos and recipes.
The chapter talks about bourbon tourism, and how it came to bring nearly three million visitors a year to Kentucky.
There’s a delicious recipe for Sweet Potato Gnocchi in this chapter that I simply must try! And there are addresses and tips on distilleries in Kentucky. I felt like I was talking to a local who knew all the great spots to hit!
I finally decided on this Chocolate Bread Pudding recipe from Woodford Reserve Distillery. And, let me tell you, it’s just as amazing as it sounds! Make this, like as soon as possible, it does not disappoint.
I love that this recipe is fairly basic and uses everyday ingredients that I always have around. And, it’s a great way to use some stale day-old bread.
Bread pudding is stale bread combined with a creamy egg & milk batter, which forms a custard with sugar, butter, a dash of cinnamon, and some vanilla. Toss in some chunks of chocolate, and you have a heavenly combination.
Then, you bake it all together. The outside edges of the bread pudding get golden brown and slightly crisp, while the middle of the dish is soft and custardy.
This is comfort food at its best. And it’s great for a simple classic yet impressive dessert, breakfast (yes, I did eat this more than once as breakfast!), or a snack.
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Chocolate Bread Pudding with Bourbon Butter Sauce Recipe
Chocolate Bread Pudding with Bourbon Butter Sauce
Chocolate Bread Pudding:
- 12 cups stale French bread from a 1 pound loaf, diced in 1-inch cubes
- 1 quart whole milk
- 3 eggs beaten
- 1 ¾ cups granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon vanilla
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 6 ounces dark or bittersweet chocolate chopped in large chunks
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter melted
Bourbon Butter Sauce:
- 4 ounces unsalted butter
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- ¼ cup Bourbon
- 1 egg
Make Chocolate Bread Pudding:
- Place the bread cubes in a large bowl, and toss with the milk until the bread is moistened. Soak for at least 1 hour.
- Preheat the oven to 350° F.
- In a medium bowl, whisk the eggs, sugar, vanilla, and cinnamon together, and pour the mixture pour the milk soaked bread. Fold together until well mixed.
- Fold in the chocolate chunks, and mix until the chocolate is evenly distributed. Pour the mixture into a well-buttered deep 13×9-inch baking pan. Drizzle the melted butter over the top, and cover the pan with foil.
- Bake for 30 minutes, covered. Remove foil, and bake for another 15-25 minutes, until the pudding is set and firm in the middle, golden brown on top, and slightly puffy all around.
Make Bourbon Butter Sauce:
- Melt the butter in a heavy bottomed small saucepan over medium heat.
- Whisk in the sugar and bourbon, and bring to a simmer.
- In a large bowl, whisk the egg until well blended. Add a little of the hot bourbon mixture to the egg, and whisk. Continue to add the bourbon mixture a little at a time, to temper the egg. Once all the liquid has been added to the egg, pour all the liquid back into the pan, and return it to medium heat. Bring to a light simmer and cook for several minutes, until thickened. Keep warm.
- Serve bread pudding warm with warm Bourbon Butter Sauce.
If you want to use chocolate chips instead of chopped chocolate, you can, it will just be a little more uniform, and not so rustic and old-fashioned.