Butternut Bread Pudding with Bourbon Caramel Sauce

Studded with squash, cranberries, and pears, this butternut bread pudding recipe is perfectly fitting for fall. Drizzle with a bourbon caramel sauce to take the casserole to new decadent heights.

Butternut Bread Pudding with Bourbon Caramel Sauce
Photo: Andy Lyons
Prep Time:
30 mins
Bake Time:
1 hrs
Cool Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
30 mins


  • 1 recipe Salted Bourbon Caramel Sauce

  • 1 tablespoon butter, softened

  • 1 cup half-and-half or light cream

  • 3 eggs

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

  • 3 cup 3/4-inch peeled butternut squash cubes

  • ¼ cup packed brown sugar

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 2 cup stale or dried whole wheat bread cubes

  • 1 pears, peeled (if desired), cored, and cut into 3/4-inch pieces

  • cup dried cranberries

  • 1 pear, sliced and/or chopped

  • Fresh mint and cranberries (optional)

Salted Bourbon Caramel Sauce

  • ¾ cup packed brown sugar

  • ½ cup whipping cream

  • ½ cup butter

  • 2 tablespoon light colored corn syrup

  • 2 tablespoon bourbon

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

  • ½ teaspoon salt


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Brush a 1 1/2-quart baking dish with softened butter. Prepare Bourbon Caramel Sauce; set aside to cool slightly.

  2. In a 4-cup liquid measuring cup combine the half-and-half, eggs, and vanilla; whisk to combine. Whisk in 3/4 cup of the Bourbon Caramel Sauce. Set aside. In a large bowl toss squash with brown sugar and cinnamon. Add the whole wheat bread, pear, and cranberries; toss to combine. Place in prepared dish. Slowly and evenly pour egg mixture over top. Let stand for 5 minutes.

  3. Bake bread pudding 1 hour. Remove from the oven let cool 10 minutes. Top with fresh pear, mint and cranberries. Reheat remaining sauce. Drizzle some sauce over bread pudding and pass remaining.

Salted Bourbon Caramel Sauce

  1. In a heavy medium saucepan combine brown sugar, whipping cream, butter, and corn syrup. Bring to boiling over medium-high heat, whisking occasionally. Reduce heat to medium. Boil gently for 3 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in bourbon, vanilla and salt.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

467 Calories
25g Fat
57g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 467
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 25g 32%
Saturated Fat 15g 75%
Cholesterol 136mg 45%
Sodium 367mg 16%
Total Carbohydrate 57g 21%
Total Sugars 38g
Protein 6g
Vitamin C 13mg 65%
Calcium 121.2mg 9%
Iron 1.4mg 8%
Potassium 401mg 9%
Fatty acids, total trans 1g
Folate, total 36.3mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.3mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.2mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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