pure decadence. [cinnamon & raisin bread pudding w. spiced rum sauce]

January 2nd, 2012 by | comments

Happy 2012! If you want to indulge before you start your New Year’s resolutions, I suggest you make this decadent bread pudding. Think of a cinnamon roll drenched in a warm, caramel-rum sauce. Have I tempted you?

Hope everyone has a relaxing, food and football-filled day (assuming you’re into that). We need a lot of crossed fingers for our Buckeyes!


8 large eggs

3 1/2 cups whole milk

2 cups sugar

1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1 1-lb. loaf Trader Joe’s cinnamon-swirl bread, cut into 1-inch cubes

1 cup golden raisins


Butter 13x9x2-inch glass baking dish. Whisk eggs in large bowl to blend. Add milk, sugar, cream, and vanilla; whisk to blend well. Stir in bread and raisins. Pour mixture into prepared baking dish. Cover and refrigerate 2 hours.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Bake pudding uncovered until puffed and golden, about 1 hour 15 minutes. Cool slightly. Serve warm with spiced rum sauce.

Spiced rum sauce recipe:

1 cup (packed) golden brown sugar

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter

1/2 cup heavy whipping cream

2 tbsp. dark rum

3/4 tsp. ground cinnamon


Stir brown sugar and butter in heavy medium saucepan over medium heat until melted and smooth, about 2 minutes. Add cream, rum, and cinnamon and bring to simmer. Simmer until sauce thickens and is reduced to 1 1/2 cups, about 5 minutes. Serve warm. (Can be prepared 2 days ahead. Cover and refrigerate. Bring to simmer before serving.)

Recipe from Epicurious.

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  • This rum spiked sauce sounds amazing! What a decadent dessert! Go Badgers :)

  • That looks so incredible! Yum…

  • Oooh, this looks so decadent and delicious!

  • That bread pudding looks amazing!

    I dislike the gators almost as much as the wolverines. Go bucks!

  • Oh my gosh this looks so good! You’re killing me. I’m trying to be good today. LOL. My friend brought over a bread pudding on New Years and I never knew they could be so good. Now you’ve topped it with rum and caramel! Yummy! Go Buckeyes! :)

  • I’m no lover of bread pudding at all Caroline, but if you tell me that I can have rum sauce with it, I might just have to change my mind. ;-)

  • Oh Caroline…you are sooo naughty! Just as I was about to start eating clean, here you go with the amazing bread pudding! All that I love is in here! Guess I’ll just have to bike a bit farther and longer this week to fit in another sinful treat!

  • Oooh, that looks like pure decadence. yum o!

  • Those drips are to die for! My stomach is so growling and I just had lunch – that’s how good this looks. Wow. That’s all. Just simply, wow.

  • I want!

  • I’m totally sold on the idea of anything that is both Pure and Decadent. This certainly qualifies!! :)

    Happy New Year, and if you haven’t seen it yet, I wanted to acknowledge your great contribution to my enjoyment of blogging this year both here and ‘at my place’:


    Consider it a no-strings-attached blog award of my own to you!


  • You know, I’ve never had bread pudding but my uncle was telling me that is one of his favorite desserts. I’ll definitely have to send this post over to my aunt or perhaps I could make some and deliver it to him but it will have to be after my 28 day challenge. Though the rum caramel sauce is very tempting it quites!

  • Oh. My. God. It’s 9am in the morning here and I want this so, so badly. This is one of the most mouth watering posts I’ve read in a long time.

  • This looks absolutely decadent delicious and divine! YUM! Happy New Years to you Miss Caroline!

  • This looks fantastic! I’d like a big spoonful of the spiced rum sauce right now!

  • Looks SO delicious – what fabulous flavors and that sauce!! wonderful – and a very happy new year, Mary oxoxo

  • egg me on

    YOWZA. Talk about indulgence! Now I’m dreaming of a cinnamon roll drenched in a warm caramel sauce … and I’m going to dream about it for the rest of 2012. Crap, there goes one of my resolutions and it’s only the 2nd day of the year.

  • My american family would love this. i just made another sourdough raisin rye bread i wonder if that would work! Could be different! And it is really all about the sauce! c

  • Wow, that sauce looks amazing. We actually just made a bread pudding and skipped the sauce, if we’d seen this we wouldn’t have!

  • I dearly love bread pudding. Usually I have a bourbon sauce, but rum sounds good, too!

  • I’ve got a similar bread pudding in my fridge right now! Bread pudding is so good. PS your photos are getting better and better!!!!

  • I love a good bread pudding but your rum sauce take this dish into a league all its own. Great recipe!

  • —–Pure Decadence & Pure Sin.
    Oooo, Caroline this bread pudding looks Out Of This World…

    I want some sooo badly. Xx

  • bar the rum, I am very tempted! Super 2012 to you :)

  • I haven’t eaten bread pudding in quite some time and I just love this cinnamon and raisin bread pudding recipe. It’s definitely different then the traditional recipe I have.. but this looks even better

  • Very appropriate title for this dessert, it sure does look decadent!

  • Seriously naughty and seriously nice….just like you and your lovely recipes!

  • Bread and butter pudding is one of my ultimate favourite comfort foods, this one looks amazing!

  • Triple WOW! Holy moly this looks decadent and fabulous! What a great way to ring in the new year!

  • Damn, I haven’t had a bread pudding in aaaaaages. My mother used to make them a lot when I was a kid… never with spiced rum sauce though… Holy crap that looks nice :)

  • im just seeing this…after i pledged no sweets this week! eeeppp :)

  • Amy

    Wow, you totally took this bread pudding over the top! Looks seriously amazing, Caroline! Hope you had an awesome New Years :)

  • You certainly have tempted me. Actually you’ve seduced me. Your bread pudding sounds so good I would not be able to resist a serving of it. I love to visit here. I never leave empty handed and always enjoy the time I spend reading your posts. I hope you have a great evening. Blessings…Mary

  • Now this is a serious bread and butter pudding – delicious!
    :-) Mandy

  • Bread pudding with rum is the only way to go! I make a pumpkin run this Thanksgiving that was delish… but I love the idea of this and using the cinnamon swirl bread. I’ve typically used pantettone, but it’s hard to find outside of the holiday season.

  • I hate that the Buckeyes lost but I am really looking forward to next season! This bread pudding looks so amazing. Bread pudding is my husbands favorite dessert, I definitely have to make this soon! :)

  • hands down the best bread pudding recipe I have ever seen

  • Ann

    That looks absolutely amazing! Not only is the recipe amazing, but your plating and photos are incredible, too! Thanks for sharing and WOW!

  • Bread pudding is a favorite of mine.. but that sauce.. wow, it just takes it over the top! I can just imagine the soft dough and the sweet sticky sauce! Yum!

  • Drool….agree. It is pure decadence! I’ve had bread pudding only a few times in my life, but I really want this one for my next. Looks REALLY good! Happy New Year Caroline!

  • Decadent, indeed! That pudding looks amazing. I am drooling incontrolably now…



  • Apt title, Caroline! Well done!

  • Pure decadence is right!!!!

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  • Yum! Definitely pure decadence. So delicious looking!

  • Oh Caroline, I am going to have to restrain myself. I have already resolutioned my way on the healthy wagon. That rum caramel is calling my name though. Oh my!

  • The sauce alone is a treat!

  • That pudding looks so awesome, I already picture my self eating then and licking my fingers after.

    Have a Happy and Prosperous New Year!

  • I love bread pudding but this really takes it to the next level
    I love your pictures caroline..so tempting

  • If cinnamon roll wasn’t enough to tempt me add caramel sauce and I’m hooked. yum yum and YUM!
    Happy New Year Caroline!

  • I’m so making this