Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Gingerbread Bread Pudding with Salted Caramel Sauce

Welcome to Day #3 of Christmas Week, a multi-blogger event co-hosted by Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic and Jen from Juanita's Cocina! Each day we will be celebrating the holidays with a different set of Christmas-themed treats, as well as a fabulous Christmas giveaway. We hope you enjoy this fabulous event. Tune in each day starting Monday, December 9th and ending Saturday, December 14th.


Bread pudding is a favorite in our house so when I was planning for Christmas Week I just knew I wanted to do something bread pudding-ish. And what better bread to use for Christmas than gingerbread! The warm spice of gingerbread, baked with sugar and milk, then then drizzled with caramel sauce makes the BEST bread pudding I've ever had!

You could easily bake yours in individual ramekins like I did or make a single dish of it. Just adjust the times based on the depth of your dish.

You can pick up a loaf from your favorite bakery or make your own - either homemade or from a box!

Gingerbread Bread Pudding with Salted Caramel Sauce
For the bread pudding:
5 cups cubed (1 inch) gingerbread, lightly toasted in the oven
2 eggs
2 tablespoons melted butter
2 tablespoons vanilla extract
2.5 cups milk
2 cups sugar

For the sauce: 
3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
3 tablespoons bourbon 
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
6 tablespoons half & half, divided
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon kosher salt

Preheat oven to 325.

Beat together the eggs, butter, vanilla, and milk. Add the sugar and mix until the sugar is dissolved. Add the toasted gingerbread and let stand for 20 minutes, occasionally pressing down to make sure the bread is absorbing liquid. 

Pour the mixture into a 9x5 inch loaf pan and bake for 55 to 70 minutes, or until a knife inserted into the center comes out clean. 

While the bread is baking, make the sauce. Combine the brown sugar, bourbon, and butter in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil and simmer for 2 minutes or until the sugar dissolves, stirring frequently. Stir in 5 tablespoons half & half; simmer 10 minutes or until reduced to about 1 cup. Remove the pan from heat and stir in remaining 1 tablespoon half & half, vanilla, and salt. 

Serve the bread pudding warm with hot salted caramel sauce over top. 

Source: Bread pudding adapted from Pioneer Woman; caramel sauce from this Cooking Light recipe


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***Disclaimer: This giveaway is being provided by Freund Container & Supply. #ChristmasWeek bloggers have not received product or been compensated as a part of this giveaway.***

Visit all the other Christmas Week Peeps for more Holiday Baking Goodness:

Love all things gingerbread? Check out these recipes:
Ginger Burst Cookies aka The Best Cookies EVAH
Gingerbread Pancakes from Magnolia Cafe in Austin, TX


  1. Linda just requested we make this...NOW!

    Happy day #3!

  2. Gosh my jaw just dropped, I am into your bread pudding. yum!

  3. You, Aimee, are a freaking genius! My husband is a diehard bread pudding fan and my girls love gingerbread. Your gingerbread bread pudding is the sweet spot in their Venn diagram. :)

  4. I want mine with extra sauce! What an amazing, festive dessert!

  5. Bread pudding has never been at the top of my baking to-do list...But, you may have just changed my mind with your gorgeous gingerbread rendition, Aimee =)

    1. If you love gingerbread, I think you'll love this bread pudding - and it's easy!

  6. This is such a cool and unique recipe. I fell in love with the first pic. I am so happy you joined us this week.

  7. Wow! This looks so yummy! I love gingerbread & I love bread pudding, so perfect!! :)
    Thank you so much for sharing at Marvelous Mondays this week- pinned!

  8. Hey Aimee, I just saw this at Marvelous Mondays. These are two of my favorite winter desserts all in the same place...and then drizzled (although I might douse it) with a delicious sauce! So yummy!

  9. I would definitely be ordering the Wire Bale Air-Seal Glass Jars to store crafting supplies! Oh, and kitchen stuff, if enough are left....haha


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