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Maple Pecan Bread Pudding {with Bourbon Sauce}

Maple Pecan Bread Pudding

There’s one splurge I can not resist during the holidays and that is bread pudding.  I’ve shared a couple savory versions of this simplistic dish, however the sweet buttery rendition is MY all-time favorite.  Here is my Maple Pecan Bread Pudding {with Bourbon Sauce}.

Bread Pudding. Step-by-step.

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Ingredients.  Chance to get creative.

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Good stale bread.  Another chance to get creative.

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Dip bread strips in melted butter.  Or not.  I would.

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Arrange bread in buttered casserole.  Chance to infuse with signature flavors.  Like maple pecan.

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Add egg/milk mixture until absorbed.  Slowly.  Then sprinkle with topping.

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Bake until crispy.  Buttery sugar smell will fill your kitchen.

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Serve with Bourbon Sauce.  Oh my.

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Whether you’re making this glorious dish for a holiday celebration, Kentucky Derby party, or my birthday….prepare yourself!!  The crispy sweet caramelized edges are the best, right after the pecan crumble topping….that’s barely edged out by Bourbon Sauce.  Don’t skip the Bourbon Sauce.  Holy Wow.

Maple Pecan Bread Pudding {with Bourbon Sauce}

Libby with Lemony Thyme
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 10


For bread pudding…

  • 1 loaf day old bread such as egg bread, cut into strips
  • 1 stick butter melted
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1 Tbl. vanilla

For pecan crumble…

  • 1 cup pecans chopped
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 4 Tbl. butter melt

For Bourbon Sauce…

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/2 cup bourbon


  • Slice bread into strips and lay in single layer on baking sheet. Leave unwrapped for several hours or overnight.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 2-quart casserole.

For pecan crumble…

  • Combine pecans, brown sugar and 4 Tbl. melted butter. Reserve.

For bread pudding…

  • Whisk together eggs, milk, sugar, maple syrup, and vanilla. Reserve.
  • Melt stick of butter in microwaveable shallow dish. Dip one side of bread strips into melted butter and place in casserole dish. Continue until one layer is completed. Sprinkle about 1/3 of pecan crumble over bread. Continue with remaining bread strips dipped in butter until second layer is complete. Slowly pour egg/mixture over bread allowing to fully absorb.Sprinkle remaining pecan crumble over top.
  • Bake for 45 minutes. Allow to rest for 10 minutes before serving. Serve with Bourbon Sauce.

For Bourbon Sauce…

  • In a medium saucepan combine sugar, stick of butter, egg and vanilla. Heat over medium heat whisking until butter has melted and sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat and whisk in bourbon. Serve warm.

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