This Cranberry Bread Pudding with Orange Bourbon Sauce is melt-in-your-mouth delicious! French bread is cubed and soaked in a cinnamon flavored egg mixture with fresh cranberries and white chocolate chips. Oh my… the sauce, the sauce, the sauce! You will want to pour the entire pot of Orange Bourbon Sauce on a single slice of warm bread pudding. Of course, it really can never hurt to throw a splash or two of bourbon in any sauce! Yumma, yumma, yumma…alcohol always tends to find it’s way into all my dishes.
Bread pudding is such a great dessert to make for company and can easily be made ahead of time and heated in the microwave. My bread pudding is probably one of the most requested desserts that I make for the holidays. There are so many different variations that you can make with this basic recipe. Feel free to throw in some of your other favorite fruits for a custom dessert! I can’t stress enough how important it is to have a great sauce on your bread pudding. LOL…my father-in-law admitted to sneaking a few bites of this before I served it to him with the sauce. He later, told on himself by telling me that it was even better with all the toppings! 🙂
I am pretty excited about hosting Thanksgiving again this year. Although, I still haven’t really decided on my menu. When I asked my husband what I should make for dessert, he said this bread pudding. I don’t know, maybe I will have to make this and my Salted Caramel Pumpkin Poke Cake. Hopefully, there won’t be any mini chefs sneaking their own ingredients into the living room again while all this dessert goodness is ensuing.
- Bread Pudding:
- 1 loaf of sweet french bread
- 5 Eggs
- 4 C. Whole Milk
- 2 Tsp. Cinnamon
- 1 1/2 C. White Sugar
- 2 Tsp. Vanilla
- 1/2 Tsp. Nutmeg
- 1 C. Fresh or frozen Cranberries
- 1/2 C. White Chocolate Chips
- 1 Tsp. Cinnamon
- 1/4 C. Bourbon
- 1/2 C. Butter
- 2/3 C. Brown Sugar
- 1 Tsp. Vanilla
- Zest and Juice of half an Orange
Cut french bread into cubes.
Place french bread cubes into a greased 13X9' baking pan.
In a mixing bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, cinnamon, sugar, vanilla and nutmeg.
Pour the egg mixture over the top of the french bread cubes and lightly press down to ensure bread is evenly coated.
Sprinkle the cranberries and white chocolate chips over the top of the bread.
Allow bread to sit for 10-15 minutes to absorb the egg mixture.
Bake for around 35-40 minutes at 350 degrees until the center is set.
Prepare Orange Bourbon Sauce:
Add butter to a small saucepan and melt on medium/low.
Add brown sugar and mix until dissolved and mixture begins to bubble.
Add cinnamon, vanilla, orange juice, orange zest and bourbon.
Stir continuously for around 3-5 minutes until mixture begins to thicken.
Serve bread pudding warm with sauce poured over the top.
Garnish with a dollop of whipped cream and lightly sprinkle with cinnamon/sugar.