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Old Fashioned Bourbon Bread Pudding Recipe

Are you a fan of bread pudding? What about Bourbon Bread Pudding? You’ll want to check out this Old Fashioned Bread Pudding Bourbon Dessert Recipe. It’s reminiscent of the Old Fashioned cocktail with yummy bourbon and cherries and is my new favorite dessert.

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What is Bread Pudding?

Bread pudding is a popular dessert in many countries around the world. It is thought to have originated in England in the 13th century. Bread pudding was originally a way to use up stale bread.

Today bread pudding can be made with a variety of different breads, including white bread, challah, brioche, and French bread. It can also be flavored with a variety of different spices, such as cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla.

For today’s recipe, we are adding bourbon to favor this yummy dessert.

Old Fashioned Bourbon Bread Pudding Ingredients

Bourbon Bread Pudding

To begin making this bourbon bread pudding recipe, gather your ingredients.

Start by cutting the bread into approx. 2-inch cubes and toss with the half and half.

Mix bread with half and half

Set aside while you prepare the other ingredients.

Use a saucepan to melt your butter and then remove from heat.

Add both sugars and vanilla while stirring until smooth.

Beat the eggs and add to the mixture. Continue to stir until well mixed.

Beat eggs for bread pudding recipe.

Next, pour this mixture over the bread cubes and toss.

Finally, pour into the greased baking dish and sprinkle with dried cherries. Press cherries and bread until under liquid.

Pour bread pudding ingredients into baking dish with dried cherries.

Cover the baking dish and bake at 350 degrees for approx. 1 hour or until golden brown.

Bake Bourbon Dessert until golden brown

Bourbon Dessert Glaze Recipe

While the pudding is baking, begin to make the bourbon dessert glaze.

Add butter to a saucepan and melt of low heat. Remove from stovetop.

Next, add bourbon and confectioner sugar, stirring until smooth.

Add heavy cream to the mixture and mix until creamy.

Bourbon Dessert Recipe glaze

Bourbon Dessert

Now it’s time to complete the Old Fashioned bourbon dessert.

Remove the baked pudding from the oven and pour the glaze over the top evenly.

Garnish with premium cherries if desired.

Old Fashioned Bourbon Bread Pudding Dessert Recipe with cherries

Let stand for 15 minutes to allow the glaze to set.

Note: You can easily reduce the servings if you want a smaller bread pudding. The recipe makes 12 servings, so I split the ingredients in half and baked the bread pudding in a 8 x 8 baking dish with good results.

Old Fashioned Bourbon Bread Pudding Dessert Recipe with cherries

The Old Fashioned Bourbon Bread Pudding is best when served warm.

You can add whipped cream or vanilla ice cream to the top if desired. However, it’s yummy, just as it is.

Bourbon Dessert - Bread Pudding with a bourbon glaze and cherries.

Is Bourbon Glaze Safe – Substitute with Apple Cider?

WARNING: DON’T Serve Old Fashioned Bourbon Bread Pudding Recipe without reading the concerns about the alcohol content in bourbon!

If you are concerned about the alcohol content in the bourbon glaze you can substitute it with Apple Cider. Some will say a small amount of alcohol is perfectly safe, while others will disagree.

Another way to reduce the risk is to add bourbon to the butter while it’s still on the burner. Alcohol burns off at 172 degrees Fahrenheit, so therefore, many considered it safe for children if the bourbon has come to a boil. I’m not an expert on this matter and therefore suggest that you gather the facts and use your own judgment when serving this recipe to children or pregnant women.

Yield: 12 Servings

Old Fashioned Bourbon Bread Pudding

Old Fashioned Bourbon Bread Pudding

Easy Bread Pudding Recipe reminiscent of an Old Fashioned Cocktail with Bourbon and Cherries


  • Approx. 1 1/2 lbs. Brioche Bread Cut Into Cubes
  • 4 cups half and half
  • 1 1/2 sticks butter
  • 1 cup light brown sugar (packed tight)
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 3 Tbsp. Vanilla Extract
  • 5 Large Eggs Beaten
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries
  • Sauce Ingredients
  • 4 tbsp. butter
  • 2 tbsp. bourbon
  • 1 cup confectioner sugar
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • Garnish with Premium Cocktail Cherries


  1. Preheat Oven 350 degrees
  2. Butter 9 X 13 Baking Dish
  3. In a Large Mixing Bowl, Coat Bread Cubes with Half & Half until well covered.
  4. Melt Butter in saucepan and remove from heat
  5. Add both sugars and vanilla extract mixing until smooth.
  6. Whisk Eggs and add to mixture.
  7. Stir until smooth.
  8. Pour over the half and half-coated bread cubes. Mix well.
  9. Pour into baking dish.
  10. Sprinkle with dried cherries and press cherries into the bread mixture.
  11. Press all ingredients until everything appears to be under the liquid.
  12. Cover the dish and bake 1 hour or until golden brown.
  13. To make the glaze:
  14. Melt butter in saucepan and remove from the stove
  15. add bourbon and confectioner sugar stirring well.
  16. Add heavy cream and stir until very smooth.
  17. Pour glaze over cooked pudding and let stand for 15 minutes.
  18. Garnish with premium cherries.
  19. Best served warm.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 696Total Fat 39gSaturated Fat 24gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 13gCholesterol 230mgSodium 470mgCarbohydrates 72gFiber 1gSugar 51gProtein 11g

Please note that I am not a medical or nutritional professional. I include basic calorie and nutrition information for recipes as a courtesy. However, due to wide variations in brands, nutrition data is subject to change for every user. Nutrition data is calculated using Calorie Counter App and information is entered as accurately as possible. We subtract all sugar alcohols from erythritol and xylitol from the final carb count because that is how THM calculates carbs.

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Pasha is Home

Thursday 1st of June 2023

This recipe sounds absolutely incredible Rachel! I love that it includes bourbon especially ;)!


Friday 2nd of June 2023

Pasha, It's is so so good and I don't like bourbon. LOL

Wendy McMonigle

Tuesday 30th of May 2023

I love bread pudding, can't wait to try it!


Tuesday 30th of May 2023

Wendy, You will love this recipe.


Monday 29th of May 2023

Oh my goodness this looks so yummy, Rachel. It reminds me a bit of a bread pudding recipe that my grandmother used to make. I can't wait to try it!


Tuesday 30th of May 2023

Jen, I hope you like it. It is really good.


Friday 26th of May 2023

OK I need to make this one. YUMMO!


Friday 26th of May 2023

Stacy, It is so good.

Anne from Simply2Moms

Wednesday 24th of May 2023

You had me at bourbon! Then you go and make it into something delicious with cherries? Oh heck YES! Can't wait to give this a try! Pinned.


Thursday 25th of May 2023

Anne, It is my favorite new dessert.

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