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Bourbon Apple Pecan Bread Pudding

Bourbon Apple Pecan Bread Pudding is a decadent dessert made with butter, cream, brown sugar, apples, pecans, challah bread, cinnamon, and bourbon. They all add up to a most delicious sweet treat! 
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 hr 10 mins
Total Time1 hr 25 mins
Course: Desserts
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Bourbon Apple Pecan Bread Pudding
Servings: 12
Calories: 554kcal


Bread Pudding

  • 1 20 ounce challah loaf, cubed
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 cups heavy cream (or 4 cups half & half)
  • 1 ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup butter
  • 1 cup light brown sugar firmly packed
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • 4 large eggs beaten lightly
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 4 tbsps bourbon
  • 1 large apple chopped, (I use a sweet but firm apple)
  • ¾ cup chopped pecans divided
  • 2 tablespoon turbinado sugar

Bourbon Sauce

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • ¼ cup butter melted
  • 2 tablespoon bourbon
  • ½ cup heavy cream


Bread Pudding

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a large combine milk, cream, and vanilla. Add in cubed bread and gently combine until coated. Let sit at room temperature.
  • In a 12 inch cast iron skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Whisk in brown sugar and white sugar until combined. Remove from heat.
  • Whisk in eggs (you can temper in a little of the butter mixture first) and 4 tablespoon bourbon until combined. Add in apples, cinnamon, and ½ cup pecans, and stir.
  • Pour in bread mixture and fold in until combined.
  • Sprinkle on remaining ¼ cup pecans and turbinado sugar. Cover with lid or foil.
  • Bake for 55 minutes. Uncover and bake until golden brown about 15 minutes. Inserting a wooden pick or cake tester in the center and be sure it comes out clean. 

Bourbon Sauce

  • In a small bowl, whisk together powdered sugar, melted butter, 2 tablespoon bourbon until smooth. Whisk in heavy cream until smooth. Drizzle sauce on top of warm bread pudding and serve immediately while warm.


Serving: 11 serving | Calories: 554kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 41g | Saturated Fat: 23g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 15g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 162mg | Sodium: 185mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 38g