Apple Bourbon Bread Pudding

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5 from 4 votes
Prep: 1 hour 10 minutes
Cook: 50 minutes
Total: 2 hours

This Apple Bread Pudding with Bourbon Caramel Sauce is one of my favorite easy dessert recipes for fall.

Apple Bourbon Bread Pudding on a white plate with a medal spoon

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On cool fall days, there is nothing like a warm and comforting dessert like this Drunken Caramel Apple Bread Pudding.

A layer of crisp, cinnamon apples (fresh picked from my yard) is nestled between billowy bread soaked in a rich vanilla custard.  Then the layers are drizzled with a decadent bourbon caramel sauce.

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Apple Bread Pudding with Caramel Bourbon Sauce on a white plate with metal spoon with sauce dripping down onto a plate, with a plaid napkin

This recipe is incredibly easy to make yet fancy enough to impress your friends.  It’s the perfect way to round out a crisp fall weekend of apple picking, leaf raking or pumpkin picking.

I used Four Roses Bourbon in this recipe.

Four Roses Single Barrel Bourdon, with the top off

It’s a hand crafted bourbon that is complex, full bodied and surprisingly smooth with a delicate long finish that’s unbelievably mellow. It contains hints of ripe plum, cherry and other fruits, mild spices, plus sweet aromas including caramel, cocoa, vanilla and maple syrup.

It was the perfect flavor pairing for Apple Bread Pudding.

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Apple Bread Pudding with Bourbon Caramel Sauce

Apple Bread Pudding with Caramel Bourbon Sauce Easy Dessert Recipe
5 from 4 votes

Apple Bread Pudding with Bourbon Caramel Sauce

Yield: 8 servings
Prep: 1 hour 10 minutes
Cook: 50 minutes
Total: 2 hours
This Apple Bread Pudding with Bourbon Caramel Sauce is one of my favorite easy dessert recipes for fall.
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Bread Pudding

  • 5 cups of crusty French or Italian bread, cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • cup brown sugar
  • cup granulated sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons Four Roses Bourbon
  • 1 ½ teaspoons cinnamon, divided
  • 2 large apples, peeled and sliced

Bourbon Caramel Sauce

  • 1 cup prepared ice cream caramel sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Four Roses Bourbon


  • In a large bowl, whisk together heavy cream, milk, eggs, vanilla and rum.
  • Add sugars and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon and whisk until combined.
  • Add bread cubes to the bowl and carefully stir, ensuring that each piece is soaked in the mixture; set aside.
  • Toss the apples with remaining 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon.
  • Place half of the soaked bread cubes in a buttered 9x13 baking dish.
  • Top with cinnamon apple slices.
  • Place remaining bread on top; lightly press down.
  • Let sit for 30 - 60 minutes (or overnight).
  • Bake at 350 degrees 45-50 minutes or until set.
  • Meanwhile, place caramel and bourbon in a small sauce pan.
  • Heat over medium-low heat for about 5 minutes until caramel thins.
  • Drizzle Bourbon Caramel Sauce over the warm Apple Bread Pudding; serve immediately.

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 429kcal | Carbohydrates: 55g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 119mg | Sodium: 170mg | Potassium: 206mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 30g | Vitamin A: 631IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 84mg | Iron: 1mg
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American

4 thoughts on “Apple Bourbon Bread Pudding”

  1. Rum? I don’t see rum in the ingredients but it’s whisked in a bowl with eggs , cream, vanilla!!
    Help! Making this now!

  2. I do not get ice cream caramel sauce here so I looked at a couple of other recipes and made my own brandy/rum sauce and it came out fantastic.


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