Bread Pudding with Salted Caramel Whiskey Sauce

by | Mar 10, 2016 | All, Desserts

Indulge your sweet tooth this St. Patrick’s Day with this decadent Bread Pudding with Salted Caramel Whiskey Sauce! 

White ramekins of Bread Pudding with Salted Caramel Whiskey Sauce. Spoon drizzling extra caramel whiskey sauce over top of one ramekin.Everyone’s a little bit Irish on St. Paddy’s Day, right? I am proud to be part Irish, but if I wasn’t, I’d fib just a little if it meant I could enjoy more of this Bread Pudding with Salted Caramel Whiskey Sauce. St. Patrick’s Day isn’t all about corned beef and Irish whiskey, but I’m always grateful for any excuse to make this dessert. It’s just that good. And I’m a stickler for bread pudding. No dense masses of soggy bread for me.

This recipe practices restraint. It has less liquid than most, and, as a result, you can actually taste the individual ingredients rather than a bowl of eggy custard. And what yummy ingredients they are: buttery Challah, rich molasses, whiskey-soaked raisins, and, of course, the heady spices of cinnamon and ginger. Toasting the bread cubes before combining them with the liquid is a must. Try it. You’ll find that your bread pudding retains more texture when baked. 

Since St. Patrick’s Day IS a celebration, I had to take this dessert one step further and add a rich salted caramel whiskey sauce to fill in all of those nooks and crannies in the bread pudding. Nirvana! This recipe can be easily made without the whiskey. Simply plump your raisins in boiling water and omit the whiskey in the sauce (though that means you are clearly NOT Irish.) Note the caramel sauce will harden quite a bit as it cools without the extra liquid from the whiskey, so you’ll need to reheat it to make it pourable. 

No matter how you plan to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, this Bread Pudding with Salted Caramel Whiskey Sauce is a delicious way to end your festivities. Lucky you!   

Tip: You can also make Bread Pudding with Salted Caramel Whiskey Sauce in a 9 x 13 pan instead of individual ramekins. Instructions are in the recipe below.

White ramekins of Bread Pudding with Salted Caramel Whiskey Sauce.

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Yield: 8-12

Bread Pudding with Salted Caramel Whiskey Sauce

Bread Pudding with Salted Caramel Whiskey Sauce

Make restaurant quality bread pudding at home when you follow this easy recipe!

Prep Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Cook Time 43 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 3 minutes


Bread Pudding:

  • 1 pound challah bread, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 cup golden raisins, plumped in whiskey for 1 hour and drained
  • Butter for greasing the baking dish(es)
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 2 tablespoons molasses


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 6 tablespoons water
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 c heavy cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 - 4 tablespoons whiskey


Bread Pudding:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375° F.
  2. Spread the bread cubes on a baking sheet and toast in the oven for 6-8 minutes.
  3. You can use either a 9 x 13 baking dish or ramekins to make the bread pudding. Depending on the capacity of your ramekins, you'll need anywhere from 8-12 ramekins. Butter your baking dish(es). If using ramekins, set them on a baking sheet.
  4. Use a handheld mixer to beat together the eggs and sugar. Add the ground spices, vanilla and salt and mix to combine.
  5. Heat the milk and molasses until lukewarm (either on the stove or in the microwave). Gradually add the warm milk to the egg mixture and beat until combined.
  6. Place half of the bread cubes in the ramekins or in the baking dish. Sprinkle the raisins over the bread cubes and top with the remaining bread cubes. Pour the custard evenly over the cubes. You'll need to move around some of the bread cubes to make sure they get soaked by the custard. Let stand for 5 minutes. Bake for 25-35 minutes until the top is browned and the pudding is set. Let rest for at least 15 minutes before serving.

Salted Caramel Whiskey Sauce:

  1. Place sugar and water into a saucepan over medium low heat and occasionally stir the mixture until the sugar has dissolved. If you find sugar crystals forming on the side of the pan, dip a pastry brush in cold water and wipe them away. After all of the sugar is completely dissolved, increase the heat to high.
  2. Keep an eye on the caramel but do not agitate it. This means no stirring. Occasionally grab the handle of the pan and swirl the sugar water mixture to ensure it is cooking evenly. The color will start to change and darken after 5-8 minutes. You want it a dark amber but not burnt. When the sugar water mixture has reached the desired color, stir in the butter and heavy cream. The mixture will bubble wildly. Whisk to combine. Set aside to cool for 10 minutes and then stir in the salt and whiskey.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 403Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 90mgSodium: 319mgCarbohydrates: 64gFiber: 1gSugar: 43gProtein: 8g
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    I recently went to a cooking class and they made bread pudding. It was wonderful. He used a bourbon sauce but I really like your caramel whiskey sauce even more. Happy St. Patts!

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      I toyed with doing a straight whiskey sauce, but who can resist the salted caramel??

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    Bread pudding is one of my favorite desserts! This looks super yummy. Love the inclusion of alcohol. I’m such a rum-head. I kid.

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      Let me know if you try it, Tia. Thanks for the stopping by!

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      It’s hard to resist, Nicole!

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      Thanks, Rosie. Looks like Salted Caramel is a crowd-pleaser on your blog, too!

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    When do u use the salt.

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      Hi Jess, you’re asking about when to add the salt to the caramel sauce, right? Just stir it in with the whiskey. Hope that helps!

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    You’ve got some amazing flavors running through this delicious dessert. Love your choice of using whiskey in the sauce, too.

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    this sounds like the perfect ending to our annual corned beef and cabbage dinner!

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    For some reason I grew up thinking that bread pudding was a disgusting idea. What was I thinking???? Bread pudding is now one of my favorite desserts. So delicious!

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    Good gravy, this is the best thing ever!! I can practically taste that salty caramel with a little bite. Yummmmmm.


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