And there off! It’s that time of year again in the bluegrass state and we Kentuckians get horse racing fever in April, May and October. In Lexington the Keeneland racetrack will open this Friday and that means tailgating, beautiful thoroughbred horse racing, bourbon and bread pudding! If you haven’t had a true Kentucky bourbon bread pudding you haven’t lived. It is a delicious combination of cream, sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, BOURBON! and more BOURBON! Yes who wouldn’t love this dish! Enjoy this perfect recipe for a fantastic bourbon bread pudding for your next derby party, Keeneland tailgate, or guilty pleasure.
You can watch a video of me on LEX18 with Lee Cruse and Chris Goodman and my delicious Bourbon Bread Pudding at the bottom of this post.
Kentucky Bourbon Bread Pudding
Bourbon Sauce Ingredients:
- ½ cup butter, melted
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 1-1 1/2 cups Kentucky Bourbon (depends on your love of Bourbon)
Bread Pudding Ingredients:
- ½-1 loaf French bread, cut into 1 inch squares
- 1 pint milk
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 Tbsp vanilla
- ½ cup raisins or cranberries (soaked in 1/8 cup bourbon)
- 1/8 tsp allspice
- ¼ tsp cinnamon
- 1 ½ tbs unsalted butter, melted
Bourbon Sauce Directions:
In a saucepan, melt butter- add sugar and egg, whisking to blend well. Cook over low heat, ( do not let simmer, because it could curdle) until mixture thickens. Whisk in bourbon to taste. Remove from heat. Whisk before serving.
Bread Pudding Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 F
Soak the bread in milk. Press with hands until well mixed and all the milk is absorbed. In a separate bowl, beat the eggs, sugar, vanilla, and spices together. Gently stir into the bread mixture. Gently stir the raisins in.
Pour butter into the bottom of a baking pan. Coat the bottom and the sides of the pan well. Pour in the bread mixture and bake for 25-30 minutes, until set. The pudding is done when the edges start getting a bit brown and pull away from the edge.
Serve with bourbon sauce poured over the top of each serving.