Great Fall Recipe: Sinful New Orleans Bread Pudding

As Halloween is this weekend, I thought I'd share a sinful and fairly easy desert you can share with your ghoulish guests. This was a favorite of mine growing up, and I plan to be whipping up a batch on Saturday. This recipe is lovingly borrowed from the Creole and Cajun Recipe Page.

  • 1 loaf French bread
  • 1 quart milk
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 3 tablespoons melted butter

Preheat oven to 350°F. Whisk the beaten eggs into the milk. Tear bread into chunks and soak in milk and egg mixture. Crush with hands to make sure milk has soaked through. Add sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, raisins and stir well. Pour melted butter into a heavy 9 x 14 baking pan to coat the bottom and sides. Add bread mixture (and I sprinkle more cinnamon and raisins on top) and bake until very firm, about 40 mins. Cool pudding, cube it and put it into individual dessert dishes. When ready to serve, add whiskey sauce and heat under broiler for a few minutes (last step optional).

Whiskey sauce

For a nonalcoholic version, you may add a teaspoon of rum, orange or vanilla extract (but where’s the fun in that?)

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 stick butter (or margarine if you insist)
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 ounces Bourbon whiskey or Southern Comfort; rum also works well

Cream sugar and butter and cook in a double-boiler until very hot and well-dissolved. Add well-beaten egg very slowly and whip very fast so egg doesn't curdle. Cool and add liquor.

Serves 8

Bon Appetit!


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