How To Make Southern Bourbon Bread Pudding

November 3, 2021
How To Make Southern Bread Pudding

Hey, y’all! There are few desserts that you see more commonly on menus down here in the south than bread pudding. It’s extremely delicious, easy-to-make, and versatile. It can be a bourbon bread pudding, berry bread pudding — you name it, you can do it. I hope to show y’all more varieties on the blog in the future, but as for today, I’m excited to teach y’all How To Make Southern Bourbon Bread Pudding!

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How To Make Southern Bread Pudding

How To Make Southern Bourbon Bread Pudding

What is Bread Pudding?

Bread pudding is popular in many cuisines, though originated in England. The base is stale, day-old, or left-over bread; it’s the perfect dish for using up what you already have in the kitchen. However, there’s a twist: the dish made from the left-over bread is even more delicious than the original purpose!

How To Make Southern Bread Pudding

Frequently Asked Questions

Should I really use old bread?

Yes! Bread pudding is traditionally a dish made to use up stale, day-old, or left-over bread.

What type of bread should I use?

That’s truly up to you! You can use challah, Hawaiian, brioche, or even loaf bread — whatever you have on hand.

What should I top the bread pudding with?

I like this classic bread pudding served with freshly-whipped cream + berries.

How To Make Southern Bread Pudding

Ingredients, Shopping List

  • Bread (though use it when it’s left-over or stale): challah, Hawaiian, brioche, loaf bread — whatever you have or will use for other purposes! You’ll use roughly 6 cups of cubed bread.
  • Eggs: 5 eggs will be used in this recipe.
  • Milk: 2 cups — I like to use whole milk.
  • Heavy Cream: 1 cup – it just makes everything better, y’all!
  • Brown Sugar, Granulated Sugar: 1 cup each.
  • Kentucky Bourbon: 1/4 cup, y’all!
  • Unsalted Butter: I prefer to bake/cook with unsalted butter + add salt if needed. It enables you to have full control of the salt level of your dishes. You’ll use 1/4 of a stick to grease your cast iron skillet.
  • Good Vanilla Extract: 2 tbsp — it really makes a huge difference!
  • Salt: 1 tsp – I use kosher.
  • Cinnamon, Nutmeg: 1 tsp. each.
  • Whipped Cream + Fresh Berries + Mint: for garnish.

The Recipe

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How To Make Southern Bread Pudding

Southern Bourbon Bread Pudding

JC Phelps
Looking for the perfect use for that day-old, left-over bread? Learn how to make my Southern Bourbon Bread Pudding!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
Resting Time 10 mins
Total Time 1 hr 20 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American, Southern
Servings 8 servings
Calories 579 kcal


  • cast iron skillet


  • 6 cups bread cubes
  • 5 eggs
  • 2 c. whole milk
  • 1 c. heavy cream
  • 1 c. brown sugar
  • 1 c. granulated sugar
  • 1/4 c. bourbon
  • 1/4 stick unsalted butter
  • 2 tbsp. vanilla
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • fresh mint for garnish
  • fresh berries for garnish
  • whipped cream for garnish


  • Preheat oven to 350F.
  • Using the stick of unsalted butter, liberally grease the bottom and sides of a cast iron skillet.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, heavy cream, sugar, brown sugar, bourbon, vanilla, salt, nutmeg, and cinnamon.
  • Add cubed bread to cast iron skillet in an even layer. Pour liquid mixture over the bread, allowing it to sit for 10 minutes.
  • Bake for roughly 45-50 minutes — or until the bread pudding has fully set. Allow bread pudding to cool/rest for 10 minutes.
  • Garnish with whipped cream, fresh berries, and fresh mint. Enjoy!


Sodium: 517mgCalcium: 195mgVitamin C: 1mgVitamin A: 771IUSugar: 66gFiber: 2gPotassium: 276mgCholesterol: 150mgCalories: 579kcalTrans Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 11gFat: 20gProtein: 11gCarbohydrates: 84gIron: 2mg
Keyword bourbon bread pudding, bread pudding, dessert, southern bourbon bread pudding, southern bread pudding, southern desserts, southern recipes
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How To Make Southern Bread Pudding

This is going to be a new household favorite, y’all!

My best,


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