Irish Bread Pudding:  Irish or Not, One of our Favorite Desserts... (The Whiskey is the Key!)

We've been told Irish bread pudding has no historical roots in Ireland. Awwww...

But it's so delicious we don't really care! The recipe below contains lovely Irish flavors. Think of it as an Irish twist on a classic dessert.

As with many authentic Irish meals, it is made of simple ingredients and is simple to make. Breakfast, snack or comfort food, Irish or not, you should really give it a try.

Your taste buds will thank you for it!

Irish Expressions - Irish Bread Pudding

Irish Bread Pudding:  Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 3/4 cups milk
  • 1 piece of any sliced bread in your pantry
  • 1/2 cup of raisins
  • 1/4 cup of any brand of Irish whiskey
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1 cup of granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 can evaporated milk
  • Cooking spray
  • 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon

Irish Bread Pudding:  Preparation

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°.
  2. Brush one side of the sliced bread with the melted butter.
  3. Place the buttered bread – buttered side up – on a baking sheet and warm for 10 minutes.
  4. After the bread has cooled, cut into ½-inch cubes and set aside.
  5. Combine the whiskey and raisins in a small bowl and let stand for 10 minutes.
  6. In a large bowl, combine the 1% milk, sugar, vanilla extract and skim milk. Stir well using a whisk.
  7. Add the prepared bread cubes and the whiskey-raisin mixture into the milk mixture. Gently press the bread cubes into the liquid. Let stand for 15 minutes. Meanwhile, mix the sugar and cinnamon.
  8. Spray a 13 x 9-inch baking dish. Pour the bread and liquid mixture into the tray before spreading the sugar-cinnamon mix on top.
  9. Bake the pudding for 35 minutes at 350°. Serve with desired sauce.

Sauce Choices

The sauce is what gives this delicious dish its Irish character. Two of our favorites are Irish Cream sauce and Caramel Irish Whiskey sauce.

Irish cream sauce includes:

• 2 cups whipping cream

• 2 teaspoons water

• 6 tablespoons Irish cream liqueur

• 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

• 1/4 cup granulated sugar

• 2 teaspoons of corn starch

Combine and then bring to a boil the whipping cream, Irish cream, vanilla and sugar. Be sure to stir frequently.

In a small bowl, mix the cornstarch and water and then whisk into the cream mixture.

Continue boiling the sauce for 3 minutes or until it thickens. Let cool and then pour over your Irish bread pudding.

Caramel whiskey sauce can be made with:

• 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar

• 1/4 cup butter

• 2/3 cup of water

• 1/4 cup of any brand of Irish whiskey

• 2 ounces cream cheese

• 1/4 cup milk

Boil these ingredients in a saucepan until the mixture becomes golden in color. Do not stir when the sugar dissolves.

Remove the mixture from the heat and add the butter and cream cheese. Stir constantly with a whisk and then cool slightly.

Stir in the milk and whiskey and serve over the bread pudding.


As with any truly Irish food, ingredients can be mixed and mingled to produce your own personal version of Irish bread pudding.

Try it with ice cream (our favorite - yum!) or with homemade fruit preserves.

And if you do have a favorite version of Irish Bread Pudding, or any Irish recipe you would like to share - we would love to include it on (giving credit to you of course!)

Hungry for More?

Sharing Irish food is one of our favorite ways to enjoy an Irish experience, wherever in the world we happen to be!  

The flavors of an Irish meal, and the stories that come along with many Irish recipes, gives us a sense of connection with the Emerald Isle.

Delicious!  Where Can I Find More?

One of the easiest and most enjoyable ways to live your Irish side is to serve Irish food.  And guess what?

We have many, many more Irish recipes for you to explore in our section on Irish food recipes!  If you would like to focus on Irish desserts, visit our main section on dessert recipes here!

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