New Orleans-Style Bread Pudding With Whiskey Sauce for #SundaySupper

by Renee on December 30, 2012

New Orleans Style Bread Pudding With Whiskey Sauce | Magnolia Days

Are you ready for a potluck? Not just any potluck, oh no! This is a special virtual one that highlights recipes by Emeril Lagasse. The Sunday Supper team of bloggers has really come together for this event. I very much wish it wasn’t virtual so I could head over to the spread and dig in to the incredible food. I’m bringing New Orleans-Style bread pudding with whiskey sauce to the party. What a great comforting dessert to share.

I was beyond excited when this event was announced. Why? It is because of my friend Isabel and the Sunday Supper Movement that I got to meet Emeril in person. I had the sheer pleasure of being with her when she interviewed him on his book tour.

Renee (me), Emeril Lagasse, and Isabel (Family Foodie)

Me, Emeril Lagasse, and Isabel (Family Foodie)

Emeril loves food and cooking. At least that is how I felt about him after hearing him in the interview. His eyes lit up when he was talking about his Sunday Suppers. He was genuine and sincere. I think he could have kept talking about it for hours, especially Portuguese food.

Bread pudding is something I never made before. My husband loves it. He will order it whenever he sees it on a menu. I knew it was about time for me to make it for him. I’m so glad it was one of the recipes I could share from Emeril’s Potluck cookbook. I can tell it is a book I will use often because I get hungry just looking through it. Many pages have been tagged already. You can order both Emeril’s Potluck and Kicked-Up Sandwiches cookbooks from Amazon by clicking on the photo of the book:

Great news! 25 Sunday Supper bloggers were chosen to giveaway one of Emeril’s cookbooks – either the Potluck or Kicked-Up Sandwiches. I am thrilled to be one of the 25 selected.

Sunday Supper Emeril Kicked-Up New Year's Potluck Event

Here is how to enter to win. You must do both, #1 and #2, to have an eligible entry:

  1. Leave a comment below on what is your favorite Emeril recipe – AND – with your twitter handle in the comment. Comment must be posted by 8pm Eastern time today (Sunday, December 30th).
  2. Join in the conversation during the live #SundaySupper chat on twitter 7-8pm Eastern Time today (Sunday, December 30th). Your tweet(s) must contain the #SundaySupper hashtag.

The winner will be chosen randomly from the eligible entries. Eligible entries will be assigned a number and the number will be selected using The winner will be notified via email. Giveaway open for United States and Canada residents only.

There are more opportunities to win. Remember there are 25 bloggers giving away an Emeril cookbook. Be sure to visit each one of these blogs, check out their post, and enter to win. There are duplicate recipes in the list however each post will be different. It is worth it to visit them all, especially for more chances to win a cookbook.

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Join the #SundaySupper conversation on twitter each Sunday. We tweet throughout the day and share recipes from all over the world. Our weekly chat starts at 7:00 pm ET and you do not want to miss out on the fun. Follow the #SundaySupper hashtag and remember to include it in your tweets to join in the chat. Check out our #SundaySupper Pinterest board for more fabulous recipes and food photos.

New Orleans-Style Bread Pudding With Whiskey Sauce

Makes 10 to 12 servings

New Orleans-Style Bread Pudding With Whiskey Sauce

    For the bread pudding:
  • 12 to 14 cups 1-inch cubes day-old white bread, such as French or Italian
  • 7 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 4 cups whole milk
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1 3/4 cups plus 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 4 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • Confectioners' sugar, for garnish
  • For the whiskey sauce:
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup granulated white sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 3/4 cup bourbon or other whiskey
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
For the bread pudding:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Place the bread in a large bowl. In a small saucepan, melt 6 tablespoons of butter and pour over the bread cubes. Use a rubber spatula to toss the bread and evenly distribute the butter. Grease a 9 X 13-inch casserole dish with the remaining tablespoon of butter and set aside.

Combine the heavy cream, milk, eggs, brown sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, and raisins in a large bowl. Whisk to mix. Pour the cream mixture over the bread and stir to combine. Allow the mixture to sit at room temperature for 30 to 45 minutes.

Transfer the bread mixture to the casserole dish and bake until the center of the bread pudding is set, 50 to 60 minutes.

Garnish the bread pudding with confectioners' sugar and serve warm with warm Whiskey Sauce.

For the whiskey sauce:

In a 1-quart saucepan set over medium heat, combine the cream, milk, and sugar. Place the cornstarch and 1/4 cup of the bourbon in a small mixing bowl and whisk to blend and make a slurry. Pour the slurry into the cream mixture and bring to a boil. Once the sauce begins to boil, reduce the heat to a gentle simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes. Remove the sauce from the heat, add the salt, and stir in the butter and remaining 1/2 cup of bourbon. Serve warm.


Recipe courtesy Emeril Lagasse, Emeril's Potluck, William Morrow Publishers, New York, 2004

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Disclosures: I was selected to be one of 25 bloggers hosting a giveaway for this event. I received a copy of Emeril’s Potluck cookbook and was under no obligation to give a positive review. All opinions are my own unless otherwise stated or contained within a guest post. This post contains affiliate links.

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Cindys Recipes December 30, 2012 at 2:10 am

Ooh this bread pudding sounds so good, Renee!


The Ninja Baker December 30, 2012 at 3:49 am

Thank you, Renee for choosing the New Orleans Style Bread Pudding with Whiskey Sauce. It looks sooo good! And not too difficult to make; always a plus =)

How lovely that you got to meet Emeril in person. He does appear to have a kind heart and a genuine passion for cooking great food.

My favorite recipe so far is Emeril’s Kicked Up Sandwiches Pork Tonkatsu.


Bea December 30, 2012 at 4:35 am

I have only had breadpudding once and this amazing!!!! I agree with you Emeril’s Potluck cookbook is packed with fantastic recipes


Paula @ Vintage Kitchen December 30, 2012 at 5:25 am

I grew up with bread pudding, such a comfort food here. I made one a few years ago with whiskey in the soaking liquid, it was amazing. So I´ve been waiting for this recipe ever since I saw the preview! There´s always stale bread and whiskey lying around…! It´s been such a great year knowing you Renee (half year really!). Let´s have an even better 2013!


Laura Dembowski December 30, 2012 at 8:21 am

I am a huge fan of Emeril and his recipes. I think my favorite recipe is pear gingerbread cake I just made on my blog.


Family Foodie December 30, 2012 at 8:23 am

You have no idea how happy this post makes me. One of the highlights of 2012 was meeting you in person and the fact that we got to Emeril together was just the icing on the cake. Here’s to many more memorable moments in 2013! Cheers my friend!


Terra December 30, 2012 at 8:25 am

I became a fan of bread pudding a few years ago, and pretty much adore the dessert! I love your recipe, and that whiskey sauce looks awesome!!! How exciting to meet Emeril, he sounds like he is really nice! Hugs, Terra


Liz December 30, 2012 at 8:34 am

I am the bread pudding lover in this household…wish my hubby was as much of a fan…then I’d have an excuse to make it more often! Emeril’s recipe looks classic and delish!!!


Martin D. Redmond December 30, 2012 at 9:13 am

Like your hubby…I love bread pudding. I’ll alway remember the first time I had it! Hard to believe, you’ve not made it before….what a great recipe for your first one! It looks great! Happy New Year’s to you and your Renee!


Jen @ Juanita's Cocina December 30, 2012 at 9:17 am

Wasn’t this fabulous? We finished our whole pan within a day!


Nicole @ Daily Dish Recipes December 30, 2012 at 9:49 am

Oh Renee, this looks just beautiful! Something I’d want to eat for breakfast instead of waiting until dessert ;)


Patti December 30, 2012 at 10:17 am

I love bread pudding. That sauce just puts it over the top! Looks amazing Renee!


Shelby | Diabetic Foodie December 30, 2012 at 10:23 am

This recipe just screams New Orleans. Can’t believe you’ve never made bread pudding before – looks awesome!


Katie December 30, 2012 at 10:52 am

This dessert looks incredible! I haven’t had a lot of bread pudding in my day, but I trust Emeril to create an amazing recipe…whiskey sauce?!?! YES PLEASE!


Heather @girlichef December 30, 2012 at 11:49 am

This is so incredibly mouthwatering…I almost chose this to make. I think I’m still going to have to whip up a batch, because, YUM! It looks amazing Renee.


Lane @ Supper for a Steal December 30, 2012 at 3:11 pm

I have never made bread pudding, but the thought of the whiskey sauce alone makes me want to make this!


Carol Yemola December 30, 2012 at 3:40 pm

The Bread Pudding and Whiskey Sauce sounds divine! Can’t wait to try it.


Stephanie Zielinski December 30, 2012 at 4:06 pm

I have always wanted to try to make a bread pudding. The Whiskey Sauce may put this recipe at the top of my list. Have a very Happy New Year, Rene!! Thank you for all you do!


Donna December 30, 2012 at 4:13 pm

I know it’s a little crazy, but I really liked a chili recipe from Emeril. @dbcurrie on twitter


Tara December 30, 2012 at 4:17 pm

Emeril’s mushroom and spinach lasagna, just made it for company on Friday and it is always a hit!! @taranoland on twitter


Nancy @ gottagetbaked December 30, 2012 at 4:25 pm

What an amazing experience for you and Isabel to meet each other and then to meet Emeril! So very cool. And I LOVE bread pudding…although this is a new love. I’d gone most of my life without eating it and have only discovered it in the past few years. How did you get your bread pudding to photograph so beautifully? Mine always looks like bland mush but it doesn’t do the luscious, decadent taste justice. Yours looks as fantastic as it must taste. Happy New Year, Renee!


Patti December 30, 2012 at 4:31 pm

Oh Renee – I forgot to leave you my twitter handle @trish0605! for the cookbook entry!


Liz December 30, 2012 at 4:45 pm

After seeing your post and Jen’s, I think this bread pudding is now my favorite Emeril recipe! @thatskinnychick


Shannon @VillageGirlBlog December 30, 2012 at 5:07 pm

That looks fantastic! How cool that you Ladies got to meet Emeril. I do not have a favorite recipe of his yet… not yet. This Bread Pudding could be a favorite! Thanks for sharing.


Conni Smith December 30, 2012 at 6:44 pm

Holey Socks! I can NOT wait to try this recipe. I love bread pudding, and the whiskey sauce??? Oh yeah. Happy New Year!


Sarah December 30, 2012 at 6:49 pm

not a fan of bread pudding but i adore cajun/creole food. go figure! Cant wait to chat this #sundaysupper @jo_jo_ba


Theresa December 30, 2012 at 6:52 pm

I love bread pudding and I NEED to try this one from Emeril!! My favorite Emeril recipe so far has been a chicken tortilla soup with a New Orleans twist. @tiza126


Jennie @themessybakerblog December 30, 2012 at 6:57 pm

Yummo! So far, my fav Emeril recipe is the chi chi cocktail, but I could see this becoming a fav. Stunning photos, Renee! @messybakerblog


Laura Hunter | Small Wallet Big Appetite December 30, 2012 at 8:42 pm

So after the Christmas indulgence hubby said he doesn’t’ want any more sweets. However I want more, I am weaker then he is. But I am evil and know his weakness’ and one of them is for bread pudding. I know if I made this he would give in to the temptation. :)


Kim Bee December 30, 2012 at 9:50 pm

Such a great dish Renee. It looks so tempting. It’s so cool that you and Isabel met Emeril. Lucky duck!


Lyn @LovelyPantry December 31, 2012 at 5:58 pm

Wonderful! I can’t say that I love bread pudding but I’ve certainly grown to like and appreciate things that I didn’t like before. My husband loves it. Bread puding is certainly something I’m going to try soon. This looks delicious and OH MY that sauce….!!! Wishing you a very Happy New Year, Renee!!! And thank you for your lovely comment earlier today :-) You’re one of my top 5 commenters for 2012! You’re so awesome!!! xo


Renee January 2, 2013 at 11:11 am

I have to admit that I had several servings of this bread pudding. The sauce does give it an extra “oomph” too.


Roz January 2, 2013 at 6:30 pm

well, I just don’t know where I have been that I haven’t found your Southern blog by now. . . but am I so glad that I did today! I am a South Carolinian of Italian descent and love the delicious foods of both the South and of Italy. This bread pudding is authentic and over the top yummy! Wow, a photo WITH Emeril! You lucky gal! Thanks for publishing this recipe for us. I’m following you on all of your sites and invite you to stop by my blog when you have a minute.

Happy New Year to you,


Renee January 3, 2013 at 10:10 am

Thank you so much Roz! I am glad you found my blog and hope you will be back to visit often (or subscribe). I certainly will check out your blog too.


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