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This classic recipe is elevated with the addition of chocolate and rich-buttery brioche bread. #breadpudding #chocolatechipbreadpudding #bourbonsauce #whiskeysauce #NewOrleansstyle

Bread Pudding with Bourbon Sauce

  • Author: Lily Ernst
  • Prep Time: 25 min
  • Cook Time: 35 min
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 8-10


This classic New Orleans-style bread pudding is taken up a notch with the addition of chocolate chips and rich, buttery brioche bread.


bread pudding

  • 8 cups (350g) brioche bread, cut into cubes
  • 1 cup (175g) chocolate chips
  • 1 cup (240ml) milk
  • 1 cup (240ml) heavy cream
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup (100g) granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

bourbon sauce

  • 1/2 cup (114g) butter
  • 1 cup (200g) granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) milk
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) bourbon


bread pudding

  1. Spread half of the bread into a greased 2.5 qt baking dish. Sprinkle half of the chocolate chips over top. Repeat with the remaining bread and chocolate chips.
  2. Whisk together the milk, cream, eggs, sugar, and vanilla. Pour over the top of the bread and chocolate. Using a rubber spatula, press down on the bread to make sure all is soaked into the egg mixture. Cover and let sit in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  3. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350F. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until set. Let cool while making the sauce.

bourbon sauce

  1. Combine the butter, sugar, and milk in a small saucepan. Cook over medium-high heat until all the sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat.
  2. Slowly and carefully stir in the bourbon. CAUTION; the sauce might bubble up, so add in the bourbon a little at a time. Serve warm.


The bourbon sauce might harden as it cools, simply reheat and stir until all the sugar is dissolved to use again.

Leftover bread pudding can be covered and stored in the fridge for up to 3 days. The sauce can be refrigerated for up to 5 days.

  • Category: dessert, breakfast
  • Method: bake
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: bread pudding, chocolate chip, bourbon sauce, bread and butter pudding