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Old Fashioned Bread Pudding With Rum Sauce

Confession: I always thought I’d hate bread pudding. The name itself does not sound appetizing. It sounds like bread that’s been sitting in goop for too long and getting mushy and now you’re trying to convince me to eat it and you’re calling it a ‘classic dessert’. Um…no, thankyousomuch.

But a few years ago while visiting a friend in San Francisco I tried it for the first time and was blown away. While cake has a tendency to be too moist or too dense or too, well, cakey, bread pudding gives your mouth a lot of different textures to explore. It breaks up the sweetness with savory sauces and nuts and fruit.

All in all it’s become one of my all time favorite desserts now, and I’m super excited to share this old fashioned bread pudding recipe with you so it can become a favorite for YOU, too! Enjoy!

Old Fashioned Bread Pudding With Rum Sauce

What You Need To Make Old Fashioned Bread Pudding With Rum Sauce:

Bread Pudding:

Rum Sauce:

  • 1 cup (packed) brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
  • 1/2 cup whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons rum (or spiced rum)
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

How To Make Old Fashioned Bread Pudding With Rum Sauce:

Bread Pudding:

1. Butter 9×13 baking dish. Whisk eggs in large bowl to blend. Add milk, sugar, cream, and vanilla; whisk to blend well. Stir in bread and pecans. Pour mixture into baking dish. Cover and refrigerate 2 hours.

2. Preheat oven to 350°F. Bake pudding uncovered until puffed and golden, about 1 hour 15 minutes. Cool slightly (pudding will fall).

Rum Sauce:

Stir brown sugar and butter in heavy medium saucepan over medium heat until melted and smooth, about 2 minutes. Add cream, rum, and cinnamon and bring to simmer. Simmer until sauce thickens and is reduced to 1 1/2 cups, about 5 minutes. Serve warm.

Pro Tip: You can never go wrong by serving this a delicious scoop of vanilla bean ice cream! Enjoy!


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Friday 7th of May 2021

I was wanting to make this tomorrow could someone please tell me the size loaf of cinnamon swirl bread that you used? Thank you!


Saturday 8th of May 2021

@McKenzie, thanks!


Saturday 8th of May 2021

@Pam, I used a 16 oz loaf


Sunday 4th of April 2021

Best bread pudding recipe I've ever made. The rum sauce is absolutely delicious!👍


Friday 13th of November 2020

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Luise Robinson

Wednesday 5th of August 2020

I will defiantly make this for my brother in law he loves breadpudding. Thank you


Tuesday 21st of April 2020

Wow! Thank you for the recipe, Mary. This was the best bread pudding I have ever had.