FOOD: Comfort Food – Bread Pudding & Whiskey Sauce

Warm Bread Pudding

with Vanilla Whiskey Sauce




2 3/4 c. sugar |•| 1 c.light brown sugar |•| 1 Tbsp. cinnamon |•| 2 Tbsp. vanilla extract |•| 3 Tbsp. bourbon  |•| pinch of salt |•| 1 qt. milk |•| 1 qt. half & half |•| 12 eggs, beaten |•| 1 c. unsalted butte |•| 1 c. raisins |•| 1 apple, peeled, cored and cut into 1/2 inch dice |•| 8 c. French Bread (baguettes)  torn into 1/2 to 1 inch pieces.


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. |•| In a large bowl, combine half the sugar with the eggs, cinnamon, nutmeg vanilla, bourbon and salt. |•| In a large saucepan over medium heat combine the other half of sugar with the milk, half and half, butter, raisins and apple. Bring to a boil, then remove from heat |•| Combine while whisking, the milk mixture into the spice,.egg, salt & bourbon. |•| Tear the bread slices into large, bite-sized pieces and place in a lightly buttered 9 x 13 pan. |•| Pour the custard mixture over the bread and allow to soak until soft, about 1 hour. |•| Scoop a few raisins from the bottom and sprinkle on top. |•| Bake uncovered 1 1/2 hours at 350º |•| Prepare the whiskey sauce and keep warm until needed.

To Serve, scoop the bread pudding into individual bowls over a few tablespoons of half and half or heavy cream, then top with whiskey sauce.


Heat the cream and sugar in a heavy-bottomed medium saucepan over medium-high heat until mixture begins to boil. |•| Mix the cornstarch and cold water in a small bowl until smooth; slowly whisk into simmering cream. |•| Simmer 2-3 minutes. |•| Put the yolks into a stainless steel bowl; whisk. Temper the yolks by slowly whisking 1 cup hot, thickened cream mixture into yolks. |•| Return the yolk mixture to hot cream mixture, whisking in slowly. |•| After the mixture is whisked together, cook over medium-low heat until mixture reaches 140 degrees F. |•| Remove from heat and pour through a fine mesh strainer. |•| Add the whiskey, adjusting to taste. |•| Keep warm until ready to use. 

Sauce may be stored in a covered container in the refrigerator up to 3 days.

(Source: From Atkinson Family Cook Book / Bread Pudding Dessert. Photo from Wikipedia)


VIDEO – Comfort Food

The comfort foods we turn to the most are the ones we ate while growing up or the meals that remind us of past celebrations! Enjoy this video from Ratatouille, showing the second a taste takes a person back to a different and nostalgic time and place.