Sweet Spirit: Bourboned Raisin Bread Pudding

I have a confession to make.

I only had bread pudding for the first time ever a couple weeks ago. I know, I know! It wasn’t given to me as a child, and the idea never made sense to me. But let me tell you-now I get it. How could you not take something as amazing and versatile as bread and turn it into something even more amazing? Sugary amazing? Spiritly amazing…? And by spirit, I mean bourbon. Our neighbor had a hurricane party and gave me the BEST introduction to bread pudding there could be.

Originally my intentions were to make an Irish whiskey bread pudding. But there was a brand new bottle of Beam begging to be used! I did some more digging on the interwebs and came up with my own rendition using other things I had on hand.

My suggestion? Take the best bread pudding recipe that you know of and add these amazing bourbon-soaked raisins to it. How happy are these raisins in their bourbon bath?!

Take your favorite bread pudding sauce and add bourbon to it. How could you go wrong? The leftover sauce also might be good on some homemade vanilla ice cream and grilled nectarines…

Bourboned-Raisin Bread Pudding

adapted from RecipeGirl, and Simply Recipes

1/4 cup bourbon

3/4 cup raisins

12 oz. can evaporated milk

2 cups milk (I used whole)

2 eggs

1 Tablespoon vanilla

1 1/2 cup sugar

1/4 teaspoon all spice

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1 baguette, cut into chunks

4 Tablespoons butter

1 cup sugar

1 egg

1/2 cup bourbon

Combine bourbons and raisin. Let them sit and get immensely happy while you get everything else ready.

In a large bowl, whisk together evaporated milk, milk, eggs, vanilla, sugar and spices. Gently mix in the bread and let it sit.

Preheat oven to 350 and place a few tablespoons of butter in a 9×13 pan. Place pan in the oven and let the butter melt.

Once butter is melted, pour the bread mixture into the pan. Sprinkle some additional sugar and spices on top. Bake for 30-40 minutes.

In a saucepan, melt butter. Whisk in sugar and egg. Keep stirring until the sugar melts and the sauce becomes smooth and creamy. Add bourbon–careful, it can bubble!

Spoon sauce over bread pudding and enjoy the bourbon punch those raisins pack!

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