A St. Patrick’s Day twist on our classic Croissant Bread Pudding, this Irish Whiskey-spiked Raisin Bread Pudding is a tasty St Patrick’s Day dessert for grown-ups (that is perfectly acceptable to serve at any time of year).
Irish Whiskey Raisin Bread Pudding Recipe
Up until last year, I avoided whiskey thinking that it would be like the harsh, cheap scotches I had tried in university. But after trying Jameson and experimenting with a few fun whiskey recipes (like my Strawberry Whiskey Smash and my Sugar Plum Whiskey Smash), I’ve developed an appreciation for the golden liquid.
In the past, I’ve only used Guinness and Bailey’s in my St Patrick’s Day recipes (like my Guinness Cupcakes with Bailey’s Frosting) but this year, I needed to give a nod to my newfound whiskey appreciation by incorporating it into a fun dessert! And since bread pudding is hands down my favorite dessert, why not an Irish Whiskey Bread Pudding – with a Bailey’s butter sauce, naturally.
Now, I don’t like my bread pudding to be too soft. I want texture and contrast; crunchy caramelized bits and soft, melt-in-your-mouth bits, so that’s what this recipe delivers, along with buttery, caramel flavors with a hint of whiskey and a touch of Bailey’s. No single flavor overpowers this recipe, it’s very well balanced.
If you want a softer pudding, you’re going to have to increase the cream, soak the mixture for longer and use fresher croissants (or maybe just plain old bread).
This recipe is best prepared with slightly stale croissants, but you can use day old bread, or even fresh bread or croissants.
I’ll be honest with you: I can’t walk past a package of butter croissants without purchasing them, so I always have a stash in my kitchen. You could even pick up some day old ones at a discount for this recipe and they would be perfect.
While the bread pudding won’t last too long (about a week covered in the fridge), that Bailey’s butter sauce will last for at least a month. I’ve even kept a jar of butter sauce for a few months without any issues but as it does contain cream, you may want to dispose of any unused sauce after a month.
You can prepare the recipe the day before, but keep in mind if you soak the croissants overnight you will have a softer (mushier) bread pudding.
Ingredients for Raisin Bread Pudding
- 6 croissants, chopped
- 2 cup 10% cream (half and half)
- 4 eggs
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/4 cup Jameson Whiskey
- 1 cup raisins, to taste
- 1 Tablespoon sugar, to sprinkle
Bailey’s Butter Sauce Ingredients:
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter
- 2 Tablespoon heavy whipping cream (35%)
- 1 Tablespoon Bailey’s or Whiskey, optional
Tip: you can soak the raisins in the Whiskey overnight, if desired. Swap out the whiskey for your favorite alcohol.
Kitchen Tools You May Find Helpful
- Measuring cups and spoons
- Sharp kitchen knife
- Mixing bowl
- Casserole dish
How to Make Irish Bread Pudding
Grease or line a 8″x8″ baking dish and set aside.
Combine raisins and whiskey in a small bowl, then cover and set aside. (Let stand at least 10 minutes.)
Meanwhile, whisk together the half and half, eggs, sugar, salt and vanilla in a large mixing bowl.
Stir the chopped croissants into the cream mixture and add in 3/4 cup of the soaked raisins.
Pour the croissant mixture into the prepared baking dish.
Sprinkle the remaining raisins overtop.
Allow the bread pudding to set up for 25 minutes, allowing the croissants to soak up the egg mixture.
Preheat oven to 350ºF.
Sprinkle sugar over the top of the bread pudding.
Bake for 50 minutes, until an inserted knife comes out clean (no raw eggs). You may need to cover the dish with tinfoil towards the end of the baking time to prevent the top or edges from becoming too browned.
To make the butter sauce, add all of the ingredients to a saucepan over medium heat.
Bring mixture to a boil, stirring constantly, until the mixture is thickened and coats the back of a spoon, about 10 minutes. Taste and adjust the flavor, as desired, by adding more Bailey’s or a flavor extract (such as vanilla).
To serve, pour the butter sauce over the warm bread pudding, or serve on the side in a bowl. Garnish with fresh whipping cream.
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This Irish Whiskey Bread Pudding with Bailey’s Sauce is a fun twist on a traditional bread pudding with vanilla sauce. It makes a gorgeous, simple dessert for entertaining.