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Irish Whiskey Bread Pudding: How Good Intentions Go Awry


The road to he!! is paved with good intentions. That’s what my grandmother used to tell me now and then. Perhaps it was a hint. Basically, it means that individuals may do bad things even though they intend the results to be good.  I look back and think, maybe I was a little bit of a wild card then. I sure hope so. I really haven’t sowed any wild oats in the last 30 years or so—unless you count this Irish Whiskey Bread Pudding.

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This luscious, slightly chewy, thick and creamy bread pudding is taken to the next level of goodness or badness…depending on how you look at it. It has Whiskey, and drunken raisins AND CHOCOLATE. It is even drenched in a rich, buttery whiskey sauce because more whiskey is always a good thing when it comes to Irish bread pudding. Right?

I blame the homemade Challah bread I had sitting on the counter getting stale. Why anyone would have leftovers of this delicious loaf of bread, I can not really explain.  I intended to be good. I scanned Cooking Light’s website for bread pudding since I wanted to make a lighter, more angelic version of this typically devilish dessert which is often loaded with numerous eggs and loads of cream. And it all started out rather innocently…afterall this recipe uses a scant two eggs, some 1%  and low-fat evaporated milk…and it received five solid stars from its reviews so we were certainly off to a promising start.

Drenching the raisins in Irish Whiskey.

Drenching the raisins in Irish Whiskey.

But then I added a hefty dose of chocolate chips…and a wee bit more whiskey than it called for…


Then I just went for it and tossed aside the light sauce I originally intended to make, and  I made a richer but tried and true whiskey sauce; one that has a quarter cup of butter, a good dose of sugar, and yes, of course some whiskey. Finally, I served it with a dollop of whipped cream. I went to He!! in a handbasket I’d say and yes, I had very good intentions along the way.


But I have to admit that it was well worth it. This Irish Bread pudding was delectable, addicting and super EASY to make. My husband couldn’t stop going in for another spoon full and mentioned this bread pudding the rest of the night and he is NOT an easy sell.  We polished off the ENTIRE casserole dish in two days. Yikes!


This recipe will definitely make it into my, “Must Make For Company” list of desserts along with my other semifamous bread puddings,  Pumpkin Bread Pudding and my Lemon Blueberry Bread Pudding, both of which shouldn’t be missed.  Ah well, I guess it’s about time I sowed some wild oats. One can’t be boring all the time.

Irish Whiskey Bread Pudding with Whiskey Sauce

Adapted from Cooking Light
1/4 cup light butter, melted
1 (12-ounce) French bread baguette, cut into 1-inch-thick slices, or a 12 oz loaf of Challah bread, or in my case I used 3/4 of a large loaf of Challah bread and a couple of left over French rolls cut in 1-inch thick slices (any leftover bread will work here, even hamburger buns or bagels…you just want about 8 cups of bread cubes). The amount of bread in bread pudding is always about one large loaf, but it doesn’t matter if you have a little less or more, it’s very forgiving. See my Pumpkin Bread pudding recipe for ideas of using any old bread, rolls or buns you have that are lying around.
3/4 cup raisins
1/3 cup Irish whiskey
1 3/4 cups 1% low-fat milk
3/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 (12-ounce) can evaporated 2% milk
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
3/4 c. chocolate chips, I used dark
Cooking spray
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Whiskey Sauce recipe and instructions below.

To make the Bread Pudding: Soak the raisins in a small bowl with the whiskey. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Slice the bread into 1 inch thick slices. Spread each slice with the 1/4 c. of melted butter. Place them on a baking sheet, butter side up and bake for 10 minutes. Cut into 1 inch cubes.

Beat the milks, sugar, vanilla and eggs together in a large bowl with a wire whisk. Stir the bread cubes gently into the milk mixture. Stir in the raisins with the whiskey (don’t drain the whiskey out!) and chocolate chips into the bread cube and milk mixture. Always stir gently so you are not breaking up the soaking bread.

Spray a 9×13 glass dish or similar sized casserole dish (5 quart) with nonstick cooking spray. Gently pour the bread cube mixture into the dish.

Mix the sugar and cinnamon together in a small bowl and sprinkle evenly over the top. Bake, uncovered for 30 minutes. While the bread pudding is baking, make the Whiskey Sauce so it is ready and warm when your bread pudding is done. Serve the bread pudding warm with sauce spooned over the top and a bit of whipped cream.

Whiskey Sauce
Taken from Better Homes and Gardens
1/4 c. butter
1/2 d. granulated sugar
1 beaten egg yolk
2 T. water
2 T. whiskey/bourbon

To Make the whiskey sauce: In a small saucepan melt the butter.  Stir in the sugar, egg yolk, water and whiskey.  Cook and stir constantly over medium-low heat for 5 to 6 minutes or till sugar dissolves and mixture boils.  Remove from heat and serve warm over the bread pudding, topping with a dollop of whipped cream.

22 thoughts on “Irish Whiskey Bread Pudding: How Good Intentions Go Awry

  1. Whiskey, bread and delicious looking sneaky chocolate chips altogether in a pudding – perfect 😀


  2. Haven’t made any bread pudding in a really long while…this one is a burst of texture and goodness!

  3. I’m drooling and its only 9 am…

  4. I bet that challah makes for some delicious bread pudding. This looks fantastic.

  5. Oh my! Challah or Brioche would be my choice of bread for this scrumptious Bread Pudding! It’s amazing what marvelous recipes can be made with “leftovers”! An irresistible dessert for St. Patrick’s Day!

  6. Any recipe that starts with soaking rasins in whiskey has got to be good. The whiskey lovers wouldn’t stand for anything less. Everything about this recipe sounds delicious, Geni, from the bread you chose to the sauce you spooned over it. This recipe is a keeper, for sure. Thanks for sharing it with us.

  7. AHHH makes me wanna start baking again! just so i can have homemade stale bread to make bread puddings! one of my favorite sweet things to eat. Thank you for your great post!

  8. Your recipe sounds decadently good. If your going to be a little bad, you might as well go hog wild and enjoy this one.

  9. Oh my GOSH! You had me at whiskey- but Chocolate too??! Oh, no no- there’s nothing to regret about this recipe. Nothing. Amen.

  10. I wanna have one! look temptingly good

  11. This is one of those times it is okay to be a little naughty. If you and I have to deal with homework Sundays I would marinate both the raisins and the chef first before starting on our doomsday Homework marathon. This is some severe comfort food. Take care, BAM

  12. Well just think…because you started off with a cooking light recipe it’s probably still lighter than what it would have been if you’d started out with a paula deen recipe, right? 😛 Either way…looks awesome and worth all the naughtiness.

  13. Bread pudding is one of those things I always say I’m going to try, but never do. It sounds so good, I don’t know how I’ve gone almost 28 years without ever having any. But now that you’ve gone and added booze to it, it has to happen.

  14. Geni, I like the idea of more whiskey…somehow I sound alcoholic…and it is only Tuesday 🙂 The bread pudding looks awesome…love the raisins soaked in whiskey.
    Hope you are having a fun week 🙂

  15. I love it! I love everything about this pudding. From ditching the lighter sauce! For going to Hell in a hand basket to the delicious rich intoxicating taste of the whiskey sauce against the bread and custard! I love it all!

  16. This is certainly different from my normal bread pudding recipe and it loks absolutely amazing. I don’t kno about the whiskey lol, but what the heck I might as well try it out 🙂

  17. I love a bread pudding with rum sauce, so I bet this whiskey sauce would be every bit as delicious!

  18. OH wow! This looks so very tasty indeed! Lovely photos too!

  19. Bread and butter pudding with whiskey sauce….I’m in heaven

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