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By: Becky Hardin

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This traditional Irish bread pudding recipe is the perfect dessert for St. Patrick’s Day and beyond. This easy bread pudding is made with a whiskey caramel sauce that’s just absolutely delicious!

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What’s in Whiskey Bread Pudding

This traditional Irish bread pudding recipe is much easier to make than it seems. And the rich whiskey caramel sauce is what really sets this dessert apart. It’s the best St. Patrick’s Day dessert!

  • Bread: French bread is a great option for bread pudding because it has a tough and chewy texture that holds up well when soaked in the egg mixture. You could also use brioche, challah, or another sturdy loaf.
  • Eggs: Eggs create the thick custard-y texture of the bread pudding mixture.
  • Sugar: Granulated sugar adds the right amount of sweetness.
  • Milk & Cream: You’ll need heavy cream and evaporated milk for the custard, and regular milk for the sauce.
  • Whiskey Caramel Sauce: This bread pudding sauce contains whiskey, milk, sugar, water, butter, and cream cheese.
  • Raisins: Raisins add a nice texture and sweetness to the dessert, but you could use chocolate chips instead if you prefer.
  • Cinnamon: This adds the perfect level of warmth.

Stale or day-old bread works best, so this recipe is a great way to use up leftover bread. If your bread is too fresh, just let it sit out overnight before making this delicious dessert.

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What is bread pudding?

Bread pudding is made by soaking cubes of bread in a custard mixture, then baking it in the oven to cook.

Do you eat bread pudding hot or cold?

It’s best served warm, soon after coming out of the oven. But once it’s been fully cooked, you can also eat it cold if you prefer.

Why is my bread pudding soggy in the middle?

If it’s still soggy, let it continue cooking in the oven until it sets. But this might also be caused by too much liquid and not enough/sturdy enough bread to soak it all up. That’s why it’s important to use the right bread and stick to the right measurements.

How can you tell when bread pudding is done baking?

It should be set in the center, but more importantly, it should reach an internal temperature of 160F to make sure the eggs are fully cooked.

How long does breading pudding need to soak?

Let the bread soak in the egg mixture, in the fridge, for at least 30 minutes or overnight.

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How to Store Bread Pudding with Whiskey Sauce

  • Storage: Let the bread pudding cool to room temperature before storing, but be sure to move it to the fridge within 2 hours of baking. To store, wrap the casserole dish or ramekins tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil. Or you can transfer it to an airtight container. Keep in the refrigerator up to 4 days. Store the extra whiskey caramel sauce separately.
  • Reheat: For best results, reheat in the oven at 350F until fully warmed through. You can reheat the sauce on the stove.
  • Make Ahead: You can make the whiskey sauce and keep it in the fridge until ready to use. You can also prepare everything and let the bread soak overnight, then bake the next day.

How to Freeze Irish Bread Pudding

Freeze bread pudding in a freezer-safe container up to 3 months. I don’t recommend freezing the whiskey sauce. Thaw it in the fridge overnight before reheating.

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Recipe

Irish Bread Pudding with Whiskey Caramel Sauce

4.58 from 33 votes

Author: Becky Hardin

Prep: 20 minutes minutes

Cook: 35 minutes minutes

Total: 55 minutes minutes

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This Irish dessert is so comforting and has the most delicious whiskey caramel sauce.

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Ingredients

FOR THE WHISKEY-CARAMEL SAUCE

  • cups granulated sugar 300 grams
  • cup water 151 grams
  • ¼ cup salted butter 57 grams, cubed (½ stick)
  • 2 ounces cream cheese 57 grams, cubed (¼ brick)
  • ¼ cup Irish Whiskey 57 grams
  • ¼ cup milk 57 grams

FOR THE BREAD PUDDING

  • ¾ cup heavy cream 170 grams
  • 1 cup granulated sugar 200 grams
  • ¾ tablespoon pure vanilla extract 9 grams
  • 12 ounces evaporated milk 341 grams (1 can)
  • 2 large eggs 100 grams, lightly beaten
  • ¾ cup Whiskey Caramel Sauce divided (SEE ABOVE)
  • 10 cups cubed French bread 454 grams, from a 1-pound loaf
  • ½ cup raisins 85 grams
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon 9 grams, for topping
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar 25 grams, for topping

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Instructions

  • Make the whiskey-caramel sauce: Combine the sugar and water in a small saucepan set over medium-high heat. Stir until the sugar completely dissolves.

    1½ cups granulated sugar, ⅔ cup water

  • Stop stirring and allow to simmer until mixture is golden, about 17 minutes. DO NOT STIR!

  • Remove from heat.

  • Carefully add the butter and cream cheese, whisking constantly until all clumps are dissolved. CAUTION! Mixture will be very hot and can bubble up during this time.

    ¼ cup salted butter, 2 ounces cream cheese

  • Stir in the whiskey and milk. Mixture will bubble a bit at this step as well. Set aside.

    ¼ cup Irish Whiskey, ¼ cup milk

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.

  • If using a casserole dish, spray with nonstick spray, or spray each ramekin with nonstick spray (approximately 6 ramekins)

  • Combine heavy cream, sugar, vanilla extract, evaporated milk, eggs, and ⅔ cup whiskey-caramel sauce in a large bowl. Stir well with a whisk.

    ¾ cup heavy cream, 1 cup granulated sugar, ¾ tablespoon pure vanilla extract, 12 ounces evaporated milk, 2 large eggs, ¾ cup Whiskey Caramel Sauce

  • Add bread cubes, using a spatula to push down and make sure each piece of bread is coated.

    10 cups cubed French bread

  • Cover and allow to sit in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes to soak up all the goodness.

  • Pour the bread mixture into the prepared 13 x 9-inch baking dish or ramekins.

  • Sprinkle top with raisins, cinnamon, and sugar.

    ½ cup raisins, 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon, 2 tablespoons granulated sugar

  • Bake for 35 minutes, or until set.

  • Serve warm with more caramel-whiskey sauce.

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Becky’s tips

  • If you don’t have salted butter, add a pinch of salt to unsalted butter.
  • If you don’t like raisins, feel free to use chocolate chips instead.
  • Feel free to use your favorite brand of whiskey.
  • You can also divide the mixture between two 8×8-inch casserole dishes.

Storage:Store Irish bread pudding in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 727kcal (36%) Carbohydrates: 112g (37%) Protein: 14g (28%) Fat: 24g (37%) Saturated Fat: 13g (81%) Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g Monounsaturated Fat: 6g Trans Fat: 1g Cholesterol: 107mg (36%) Sodium: 475mg (21%) Potassium: 371mg (11%) Fiber: 4g (17%) Sugar: 75g (83%) Vitamin A: 786IU (16%) Vitamin C: 2mg (2%) Calcium: 252mg (25%) Iron: 3mg (17%)

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Becky Hardin is a wife and mother living in Saint Louis Missouri. She founded The Cookie Rookie in 2012 as a creative way to share recipes. Now, she is a trusted resource for easy cooking around the world, being featured in Taste of Home, The Kitchn, ABC’s Home and Family, and more. Here at The Cookie Rookie she is the editor in chief of all recipes and continues to enjoy sharing her passion for cooking for busy families. She has since founded two additional food blogs, Easy Chicken Recipes and Easy Dessert Recipes.

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Stacy

Posted on 12/21/2023

Have you used flavored whiskey? I’m considering orange Jameson

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Samantha Marceau

Posted on 12/21/2023

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We haven’t tried that, but we think it’d be delicious!!

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Cheri Cruz

Posted on 3/17/2023

My husband is not a huge fan of bread pudding but now I think I found a winning recipe. I made this recipe with the exception of adding 12 mini boxes of milk duds. About 1/2 cup and I used caramel vanilla Irish cream liquor instead of whiskey.Irish Bread Pudding with Whiskey Caramel Sauce Recipe - The Cookie Rookie® (16)

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Samantha Marceau

Posted on 3/20/2023

Reply to Cheri Cruz

Wow, that sounds delish! Thanks so much for sharing what worked for you, Cheri!

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Kathleen

Posted on 3/17/2023

I had to make the caramel twice. The first time I made it in a saucepan and it never turned golden and the cream cheese/butter split and it looked awful. The second time I followed the directions but used my skillet. More surface area, more evaporation of the water so more golden in color. The rest is history; best caramel sauce ever,
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Samantha Marceau

Posted on 3/20/2023

Reply to Kathleen

Thanks so much for sharing your experience, Kathleen! We’re so glad everything turned out in the end!

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Terri

Posted on 3/13/2023

My son and his girlfriend had us over for an Irish dinner last night and I made this for dessert. Omg…the bread pudding was great, dense, chewy, but the whiskey sauce??!! Oh dear…. I could drink it with a straw…it was sooooo good really topped off the bread pudding…perfect!Irish Bread Pudding with Whiskey Caramel Sauce Recipe - The Cookie Rookie® (22)

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Rodger

Posted on 3/12/2023

Hi ill be making your Irish Bread Pudding with Whiskey Caramel Sauce 12 people. What size ramekins and how many should i use?

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Samantha Marceau

Posted on 3/13/2023

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We used six 4-ounce ramekins!

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Rodger

Posted on 3/13/2023

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okay thank you

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Rodger

Posted on 3/16/2023

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Can I use French baguette or does it have to be French bread?

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Samantha Marceau

Posted on 3/17/2023

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You can use a baguette!

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Stephen

Posted on 10/8/2022

Hi! I’m a little confused. Do you add 2/3 cup whiskey caramel sauce or 3/4 cup whiskey caramel sauce with the cream and evaporated milk? I’m seeing both and I’m not sure which is correct.
Thanks.

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Samantha Marceau

Posted on 10/10/2022

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Add ⅔ cup of the whiskey caramel sauce with the cream and evaporated milk and serve with the remaining whiskey caramel sauce drizzled on top!

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Katy

Posted on 9/2/2022

This recipe is absolutely delicious! My only issue is that when I cook the caramel sauce, it never turns “golden “. I cooked it 17 minutes lol the recipe says, and even tried cooking it longer and it never turned color. I tried once to just cook it until it did turn golden but it almost had a scorched taste. Is there a trick to this?Irish Bread Pudding with Whiskey Caramel Sauce Recipe - The Cookie Rookie® (31)

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Samantha Marceau

Posted on 9/6/2022

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It sounds like the heat wasn’t high enough! The sugar should be bubbling/boiling for those 17 minutes. If the heat is too low, it won’t turn brown!

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Katy

Posted on 9/7/2022

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I actually had the heat up. It was a rolling boil the entire time.

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Samantha Marceau

Posted on 9/7/2022

Reply to Katy

Caramel can be tricky. It can take a long time to caramelize, even at the right heat. But once it starts turning color, that happens very quickly, so be sure to take it off the heat to prevent it from burning! It can go from caramel to burnt in the blink of an eye.

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Sandi Latham

Posted on 3/12/2022

I just looked this recipe up in order to make it for St. Patrick’s Day again this year. I don’t think I have ever left a review for this recipe. It is absolutely delicious. The Whisky Caramel Sauce is freakin’ amazing. I can’t decide whether I want to eat it with a spoon or just take a bath in it. This is the dessert of choice for St. Pat’s in this Irish household.Irish Bread Pudding with Whiskey Caramel Sauce Recipe - The Cookie Rookie® (36)

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Becky Hardin

Posted on 3/17/2022

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Why thank you for stopping by and sharing, Sandi!

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Virginia

Posted on 3/23/2021

I made this and it is delicious. Thank you for the recipe.Irish Bread Pudding with Whiskey Caramel Sauce Recipe - The Cookie Rookie® (39)

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Becky Hardin

Posted on 3/25/2021

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Thank you for stopping by and sharing!

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Katie

Posted on 4/11/2017

Has anyone made this the night before to be baked the following day? Any tips on what works best?

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