Chocolate Pecan Bread Pudding with Bourbon Caramel Sauce

Conclude a rich holiday dinner with this warm, home-style dessert.


Prep Time {10 min; 15 min inactive}

Cook Time {45 min }

Serving Size {6 servings}


Bread Pudding:
3/4 cup Sugar
1/4 cup Butter, melted
4 large Eggs
2 cups Half and Half or Whole Milk
10 cups French or Italian Bread Cubes, one 8-oz. loaf
4 oz. Semi-Sweet Chocolate Candy Bar, good quality, coarsely chopped
3/4 cup Pecans, coarsely chopped

Bourbon Caramel Sauce:
3/4 cup Butterscotch, Dulce De Leche, or Caramel Ice Cream Topping
2 Tbsp. Bourbon or Whiskey


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1. For pudding, heat oven to 350°F. In a large bowl, combine sugar and butter, mixing well. Add eggs; mix well. Gradually stir in half and half, mixing well. Add bread cubes, chocolate and pecans; toss until most of liquid is absorbed. Butter a 10-inch quiche dish or shallow casserole dish. Spoon bread mixture into dish. Bake 40-45 minutes or until golden brown and center is set. Transfer to wire rack; let stand at least 15 minutes.

2. In a small saucepan, heat the ice cream topping until very hot. Remove from heat and stir in bourbon. Spoon pudding onto dessert plates. Serve warm or at room temperature with sauce.

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Excellent! Haven't had bread pudding since my great-grandmother made it years ago. She would be impressed. It's a "keeper" recipe to be enjoyed many times more in the future.