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

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

A recipe for New Orleans-style bread pudding served with a whiskey sauce. Day old bread is used to make a delightful and comforting dessert.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American Southern
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Author Renee


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:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Transfer the bread mixture to the casserole dish and bake until the center of the bread pudding is set, 50 to 60 minutes.
  5. Garnish the bread pudding with confectioners' sugar and serve warm with warm Whiskey Sauce.

For the whiskey sauce:

  1. 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 Notes

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

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.

Recipe Rating


Wednesday 2nd of January 2013

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, Roz


Thursday 3rd of January 2013

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.

Lyn @LovelyPantry

Monday 31st of December 2012

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


Wednesday 2nd of January 2013

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

Kim Bee

Sunday 30th of December 2012

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

Laura Hunter | Small Wallet Big Appetite

Sunday 30th of December 2012

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. :)

Jennie @themessybakerblog

Sunday 30th of December 2012

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