So yes, one of the perks of being a food (and drink) blogger is getting products to sample, create a recipe and give an honest review of the product. I've only had bourbon a few times in mixed drinks - never straight - so I needed to call in the DIY Guy to taste test. He was happy to oblige and after a sample, he gave me a detailed description saying it was smooth, mellow and not "too bitey" So with that review, I had to give it a try and while I'm not a straight shooter, I thought it definitely was something I could have on occasion maybe with a bit of ice. One of our really good friends is a bourbon guy so we'll be serving this next time they come over.
Now onto to the derby! Don't you just love all the women get all glam'ed out with their fancy hats? They look so fun and I'm sure each person tries to outdo the the other. It's such a great tradition - would love to see everyone strutting their stuff!
Oh and you m-i-g-h-t have some sauce leftover. If so, a bit of this goes perfectly in a cup of coffee or drizzle on some pancakes. YUM!
Bourbon Bread Pudding
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Yield 4 servings
- 8 oz french bread cut into 1" cubes
- 1/2 cup raisins (dark or golden)
- 3 tablespoons bourbon
- 3 eggs
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 1 1/2 cups whole milk
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 cup cream
- 4 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 3 tablespoons bourbon
- Preheat your oven to 350
- Place bread in a single layer on a baking sheet and toast for 6 minutes then remove from oven
- In a small saucepan add the raisins and bourbon; simmer until the raisins plump and absorb the bourbon
- In a medium bowl combine the eggs, 1/2 cup heavy cream 1 1/2 cups milk, brown sugar, sugar, and cinnamon. Mix well and then add in bread and raisins.
- Mix until bread absorbs liquid then place a piece of plastic wrap pressed on top and let set for 15 minutes on counter
- Meanwhile butter (4) 8 oz ramekins and when mixture is ready, divide between the cups. Place in a low baking dish and add water to come up half way on cups
- Bake for about 40 minutes or until knife comes out clean
- While baking, make your sauce by combining 1 cup heavy cream, butter and 4 tablespoons sugar in a small saucepan. Bring to simmer and cook for 15 minutes until is is slightly thickened (note - this sauce does not get thick) Stir about every 2 minutes being careful that you aren't boiling the sauce - just gently simmer.
- Add in the 3 tablespoons of bourbon
- At this point I put the sauce in the refrigerated until needed. This sauce does not need to be hot - room temperature or cold is fine.
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Well folks do we have a winner or what? I'm betting you will love this dessert - as the "greatest two minutes in