06 October 2012

Croissant Bread Pudding

                                           Recipe adapted by Martha Rutledge
9 croissants
8 lg eggs
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 half&half
1 cup milk
2 tablespoons vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon

I have made this recipe many times and one time I added 1/2 cup of vanilla pudding mix because I had some I wanted to use up and it was DELICIOUS!  The powder pudding from a box.  Give it a try!
  1. Slice croissants in half lengthwise; tear bottom halves of croissants into bite sizel pieces.
  2. Heat bourbon in a small saucepan over low heat; stir in raisins. Remove from heat, and let stand for 10 minutes. Layer croissant pieces evenly in a lightly greased 13- x 9-inch baking dish. Sprinkle with raisins. Place croissant tops, crust sides up, over mixture.
  3. Whisk together eggs and sugar. Whisk in cream, vanilla, and salt. Slowly pour mixture over croissant tops; press bread to absorb liquid. Cover; chill 1 hour.
  4. Place dish into a larger pan. Pour hot water into larger pan, filling half full. I had to skip this step because I didn't have anything that fit my cast iron pan.
  5. Put all topping ingredients in a bowl and smash together with a fork, then crumble on top of pudding.
  6. Bake at 350° for 45 minutes or until set. Cover with aluminum foil, and bake 15 more minutes. Remove from oven, and remove dish from water pan. Serve warm with Bourbon Sauce.
***  I think the bread pudding is delicious without any topping.  But if you want to try Paula Deen's Pecan topping, it is really good.  The Rum Sauce recipe is too strong for me so I reduce the rum to 1 tablespoon and added 1 tablespoon vanilla.   It turns out I don't really like rum sauce.

 Paula Deen's Pecan Topping

1/2 cup packed light brown sugar

1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, softened

1 cup chopped pecans

Click here for the Rum Sauce Recipe
2 teaspoons cornstarch
2 tablespoons water
1 cup half and half
1/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoons bourbon
1 tablespoon vanilla

****  I have made this recipe twice, the second time I put 1/2 cup of vanilla pudding in the recipe.  It was delicious!!  I think everyone should try this addition at least once.


  1. i love thses rolls!! I dont think I can make this again though because I ate the whole last batch i made..hahahaha!!

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