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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  • http://dinnersdishesanddesserts.com Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts

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

  • http://darjeelingdreams.blogspot.com/ Joyti

    That looks so incredible! Yum…

  • http://darjeelingdreams.blogspot.com/ Joyti

    Oooh, this looks so decadent and delicious!

  • http://thedrivencook.wordpress.com thedrivencook

    That bread pudding looks amazing!

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

  • http://ourfamilyfoodadventures.wordpress.com Kristy

    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! :)

  • http://sportsglutton.wordpress.com sportsglutton

    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. ;-)

  • http://savoringeverybite.wordpress.com spicegirlfla

    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!

  • http://thebigfatnoodle.wordpress.com thebigfatnoodle

    Oooh, that looks like pure decadence. yum o!

  • http://cookingmisadventures.wordpress.com Courtney

    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.

  • http://bakerbynature.com Ashley@Bakerbynature

    I want!

  • http://kiwsparks.wordpress.com kathryningrid

    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!


  • http://gravatar.com/smartfoodandfit Lisa -smartfoodandfit

    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!

  • http://clevermuffin.wordpress.com Aimee@clevermuffin

    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.

  • http://theslowroasteditalian.blogspot.com/ Donna @ The Slow Roasted Italian

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

  • http://youngwifey.wordpress.com Young Wifey

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

  • http://insideabritishmumskitchen.blogspot.com Mary

    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.

  • http://thekitchensgarden.wordpress.com ceciliag

    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

  • http://rufusguide.wordpress.com Rufus’ Food and Spirits Guide

    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!

  • http://foodflowersherbsandlife.wordpress.com Food, Flowers, Herbs and Life!

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

  • http://fifteenspatulas.wordpress.com Joanne Ozug

    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!!!!

  • http://chgojohn.wordpress.com ChgoJohn

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

  • http://myinnerchick.com My Inner Chick

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

    I want some sooo badly. Xx

  • http://tandysinclair.wordpress.com Tandy

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

  • http://www.purecomplex.com Kay aka Babygirl

    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

  • http://zestybeandog.wordpress.com zestybeandog

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

  • http://chicaandaluza.wordpress.com Chica Andaluza

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

  • http://www.withmilkandflour.blogspot.com Mandy@Withmilkandflour

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

  • http://sweetandcrumby.wordpress.com Geni – Sweet and Crumby

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

  • http://FiveEuroFood.com Charles

    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 :)

  • http://gravatar.com/dreamshareproject Alexis @ There She Goes

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

  • http://elephanteats.wordpress.com Amy

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

  • http://oneperfectbite.blogspot.com Mary

    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

  • http://thecompletecookbook.wordpress.com thecompletecookbook

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

  • http://www.sprint2thetable.com sprint2thetable

    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.

  • http://sweetpeaskitchen.wordpress.com Christina

    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! :)

  • http://www.kitchenbelleicious.com kitchenbelleicious

    hands down the best bread pudding recipe I have ever seen

  • http://www.cookinghealthyforme.com Ann

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

  • http://www.justasmidgen.com Just A Smidgen

    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!

  • http://justonecookbook.com/blog/ Nami | Just One Cookbook

    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!

  • http://twitter.com/RosasYummyYums Rosa May (@RosasYummyYums)

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



  • http://youvebeenhooked.wordpress.com The Hook

    Apt title, Caroline! Well done!

  • http://gravatar.com/comowater comowater.com

    Pure decadence is right!!!!

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  • http://yummychunklet.wordpress.com yummychunklet

    Yum! Definitely pure decadence. So delicious looking!

  • http://theslowroasteditalian.blogspot.com/ Donna @ The Slow Roasted Italian

    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!

  • http://ingoodtasteblog.net/ Maris (In Good Taste)

    The sauce alone is a treat!

  • http://angsarap.wordpress.com rsmacaalay

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

    Have a Happy and Prosperous New Year!

  • http://thefooddoctor.wordpress.com Sawsan@ Chef in disguise

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

  • http://www.roxanagreengirl.com/ Roxana GreenGirl {A little bit of everything}

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

  • http://tastebuddiaries.wordpress.com tastebuddiaries.com

    I’m so making this