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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Delicious 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.
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.
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A Wonderful Meal!
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!!!
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While we were enjoying the main course, Isaac placed a pan of his Bourbon and Cherry Bread Pudding on the Green Egg.
It All Starts with Bread!
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. Then he mixed the chopped bread cubes, pecans, and some fresh organic cherries from my Mom and Dad’s garden together. Isaac placed the mixture into a well-greased pan and poured the egg batter over the top; gently tossing everything together.
The bread pudding cooked on Isaac’s Green Egg for approximately 45 minutes. Finally, to send this dessert over the top, it was served with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream. Grilling the bread pudding gave it the perfect hint of smokiness.
Bourbon Adds Something Extra!
I jotted down Isaac’s recipe before we traveled home.
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.
This bread pudding is delicious!
- 1/2 loaf cinnamon raisin bread (*gluten-free version: use a gluten free cinnamon raisin bread such as Udi's)
- 1 1/2 cups fresh 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)
- Chop half a loaf of Cinnamon Raisin Bread into bite-size cubes.
- In a mixing bowl, combine eggs, butter, sugars, spices, whipping cream, half-n-half, vanilla, and bourbon.
- Mix bread cubes, pecans, and fresh cherries.
- Pour the mixture into a well-greased pan, then pour the egg batter over the top; gently tossing everything together.
- Place bread pudding on grill or green egg, cook for approximately 45 minutes, or until the center is set.
- Remove from heat, and let cool for 5 minutes.
Always check with the manufacturer before using any alcohol to make sure that it is certified gluten-free.
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!
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