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Vanilla Bean Bread Pudding With Butterscotch Sauce

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Vanilla Bean Bread Pudding With Sauce

Bread Pudding With Butterscotch Sauce

D. Rattray

This bread pudding is delicious with vanilla bean, or use ground cinnamon or nutmeg for flavor and add raisins if you like them. 

The butterscotch sauce is easy and delicious, but you can use your own favorite dessert sauce or fruit topping. Warm preserves or a chocolate sauce would be excellent choices.

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes


  • 2 whole vanilla beans
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cups half-and-half or milk
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 to 5 cups torn French bread, with or without crust, about 6 ounces
  • Butterscotch Sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • dash salt
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons whipping cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla


Bread Pudding:
Preheat oven to 350°. Melt butter in an 8-inch square baking dish, or other 2-quart baking dish; set aside. With a sharp knife or scissors, carefully split vanilla beans. Scrape inside pulp onto a plate, then mix the scrapings with the 1 cup sugar. In large mixing bowl combine the vanilla sugar, eggs, and vanilla; beat slowly just to blend. Blend in milk. Add the torn bread and stir gently to combine. Pour into prepared baking dish. Bake at 350° for 40 to 50 minutes, or until knife inserted near center comes out clean. Cool for about 30 minutes before serving.

Butterscotch Sauce:

Combine brown sugar with flour in saucepan; blend well. Stir in boiling water and salt. Bring to a simmer and continue to simmer, stirring, for about 7 minutes. If too thick add a little more water. Remove from heat; stir in butter, cream, and vanilla.

For a pretty presentation, put the butterscotch sauce in a sauce squeeze bottle (or an old-fashioned diner-style condiment squeeze bottle) and make a decorative criss-crossing on a dessert plate then set bread pudding on the plate and top with more sauce.


User Reviews

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 5 out of 5

My ""foodie"" friends went crazy when I made this/shared it with them. There is bread pudding and then there is BREAD PUDDING (this is the latter). In my humble opinion, making bread pudding with either brioche or croissants takes it to the next level. It's THAT good. This is so easy and will make you look amazing. I prefer either whiskey hard sauce or a dollop of whipped cream with this- however, it is sweet enough/devine on it's own. Do NOT skimp and eliminate the fresh vanilla bean-this is what makes this recipe stand out from the rest. Costco has the beans for next to nothing (look in the baking/spices section).

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