Gingerbread Bread Pudding with Bourbon Sauce
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Gingerbread Bread Pudding with Bourbon Sauce

Yield: 6 servings (will yield 1 9x5-inch loaf, 6 6-ounce mini panettones/ramekins or 9 muffin-sized bread puddings)
Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hr
Perfect old fashioned bread pudding loaded with gingerbread flavor and topped with creamy bourbon sauce. Warm spices, golden raisins, toasty pecans, and sweet spicy crystalized ginger fill this bread pudding with the flavors of fond holiday memories. Evaporated milk replaces heavy cream, making this a healthier bread pudding recipe that still tastes completely decadent. For an easy morning, prep Gingerbread Bread Pudding in advance by refrigerating the unbaked pudding overnight or tightly wrap and freeze it for up to 3 weeks. This recipe can be baked as individual bread puddings in muffin tins or ramekins, or as a single dish.

Ingredients

For the Bread Pudding:

  • 6 cups French bread — 1/2 inch-cubes, lightly packed (about 10 ounces)
  • 3/4 cup non-fat evaporated milk
  • 3/4 cup non-fat milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons molasses
  • 3 tablespoons bourbon, — any brand you like to drink; I'm a fan of Bulleit
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground all spice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/3 cup minced crystalized ginger
  • 1/3 cup toasted chopped pecans
  • 1/3 cup golden raisins

For the Bourbon Sauce:

  • 1/3 cup non-fat evaporated milk — or substitute whipped cream or half and half if you are feeling decadent
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons bourbon
  • 2 tablespoons non-fat plain yogurt

Instructions

  1. Place rack in the center of your oven and preheat to 350 degrees F. Arrange bread in a single layer on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake for 8 minutes or until lightly toasted. (Alternatively, you can let bread cubes sit out overnight.) To bake individual bread puddings: Lightly spritz a muffin tin with cooking spray or line with paper liners. (Alternatively, you can use 6, 6-ounce lightly greased ramekins or 6 ungreased mini panettone papers.) To bake a single bread pudding: Lightly spritz a 9x5-inch loaf pan with cooking spray.
  2. Meanwhile for the bourbon sauce: Place a deep mixing bowl, beaters, and the 1/3 cup evaporated milk in the freezer to chill for 20 minutes.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the 3/4 cup evaporated milk, non-fat milk, eggs, brown sugar, molasses, bourbon, vanilla, cinnamon, all spice, cloves and salt. Add bread cubes, ginger, pecans, and raisins. Let mixture stand 20 minutes, stirring the bread occasionally to ensure all cubes soak up the milk.
  4. To bake bread pudding immediately: Fill prepared pan(s) nearly to the top, gently pressing to compact. (If baking with ramekins or mini panettone papers, set the baking dishes atop a baking sheet prior to placing in the oven.) To freeze and bake: Wrap the filled pan(s) tightly with plastic wrap, then foil, and freeze for up to 3 weeks. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight, then bake as directed.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees F until deep golden brown on top and a knife inserted in the center comes out clean: 20-25 minutes for muffin cups; 30-35 minutes for ramekins or mini panettones; 43-47 minutes for a single loaf pan.
  6. To prepare sauce: While the bread pudding is in the oven, beat evaporated milk in the chilled bowl on high for 1 to 2 minutes, until it is the consistency of whipped cream. Gradually add sugar, bourbon, and yogurt and beat for several minutes longer, until thickened. Serve over warm bread pudding.

Recipe Notes

To omit the bourbon from the bread pudding: Sub in an equal amount (3 tablespoons) of non-fat milk. To omit the bourbon from the sauce: Sub in 1/2 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Easy Homemade Dessert, Gingerbread Bread Pudding with Bourbon Sauce

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