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Isaac’s Bourbon Cherry Bread Pudding

At our house, bread pudding is always a favorite dessert. If you add a touch of bourbon and some fresh cherries… well now you have created something truly amazing!

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Isaac's Bourbon and Cherry Bread Pudding

Recently we made a trip to see my son, Isaac, his wife (Becky) and their new baby girl. It’s always so much fun hanging out with them. We feel so welcomed and comfortable whenever we spend time at their house. 

Ike family pic 3

In case you haven’t read our previous post, Isaac is quite the chef. He loves to cook and try new things. During the summer months, he regularly makes an entire meal on their Green Egg smoker, consequently, that is exactly what he did when we were visiting. 

Green Egg

Isaac’s Green Egg grill / smoker and stand that he built for it.

Check out this easy DIY Fire Starter Hack to help you easily start a campfire or fire on your own grill.

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Easy as 1, 2, 3…. POOF! 

Green Egg Flame

Fire started in the Green Egg.

For dinner one evening, Isaac and Becky fixed us the most incredible meal consisting of Cedar Plank Grilled Salmon, fresh asparagus and fire roasted potatoes. Godiva Mocha Liqueur Black Cherry Floats were served for our dessert. Heavenly!!! 

If you have never used cedar wraps, you really need to try them. These disposable wraps add a wonderful flavor to your food and they are amazingly easy to use.

Cedar Wrapped Salmon

Salmon steak wrapped in cedar wraps tied with twine and grilled. It was magnificent!

While we were enjoying the main course, Isaac placed a pan of his Bourbon and Cherry Bread Pudding on the Green Egg. 

Isaac's Bourbon and Cherry Bread Pudding 1

Cinnamon Raisin Bread chopped into bite-size chunks.

Isaac started his recipe by chopping half a loaf of Cinnamon Raisin Bread into bite-size cubes. Next, he made an egg batter by combining the eggs, butter, sugars, spices, whipping cream, half-n-half, vanilla and bourbon. Now he mixed the chopped bread cubes, pecans and some fresh organic cherries from my Mom and Dad’s garden together. He placed the mixture into a well greased pan and poured the egg batter over the top; gently tossing everything together. 

Cherry Pics

He placed the bread pudding on his green egg and grilled it for approximately 45 minutes. To send this dessert over the top, he served it with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream. Grilling the bread pudding gave it the perfect hint of smokiness. 

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Before we left to travel back home, I jotted down Isaac’s recipe.

Because this Bourbon Cherry Bread Pudding was so fantastic, this week I replicated the recipe. I baked mine in the oven instead of baking it on the grill. I didn’t have any bourbon, but I did have some rum, so I used it instead of bourbon in the recipe. Both work well. 

Isaac’s Bourbon Cherry Bread Pudding

25 minPrep Time

45 minCook Time

1 hr, 10 Total Time

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 loaf cinnamon raisin bread (*gluten-free version: use Udi's gluten free cinnamon raisin bread)
  • 1 1/2 cups cherries, fresh pitted
  • 5 eggs
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 3 tsp vanilla extract (*gluten-free version: use gluten free vanilla)
  • 1/2 cup butter, unsalted
  • 2 cups half-n-half
  • 1/2 cup whipping cream
  • 6 tbsp bourbon (*gluten-free version: use a brand of bourbon that is certified gluten free)
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • Vanilla bean ice cream (optional) (*gluten-free version: Breyers Vanilla Bean Ice Cream is gluten free)

Instructions

  1. Chop half a loaf of Cinnamon Raisin Bread into bite-size cubes.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine eggs, butter, sugars, spices, whipping cream, half-n-half, vanilla and bourbon.
  3. Mix bread cubes, pecans and fresh cherries.
  4. Pour mixture into a well greased pan, then pour the egg batter over the top; gently tossing everything together.
  5. Place bread pudding on grill or green egg, cook for approximately 45 minutes, or until the center is set.
  6. Remove from heat, let cool for 5 minutes.
  7. Serve.

Notes

Always check with the manufacturer before using any alcohol to make sure that it is certified gluten free.

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It turned out fabulous, (minus the hint of smokiness). Instead of serving mine with ice cream, I made a rum sauce. I drizzled a little of the sauce over each slice of warm bread pudding. Additionally, an even better combo would be to serve the bread pudding with both the sauce and ice cream! Yummy!

Isaac's Bourbon and Cherry Bread Pudding 2

Be sure to check out more great recipes by Isaac:

Cedar Plank Smoked Salmon 

Cedar Plank Smoked Salmon 2

Godiva Mocha Liqueur Black Cherry Float

Godiva Cherry Float 3

We love spending time with family and it’s always fun trying new recipes created by our talented family members.

Enjoy!  

Linda 

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