Fall Fest:  Old Fashioned Bread Pudding with rum sauce

By Design of Your Life

This was our menu for FALL FEST dinner party and this dessert was a HUGE HIT!  


Old Fashioned Bread Pudding with Rum Sauce


9x13 pan

cook Time

60-75 minutes

prep Time

10 minutes




Bread Pudding Ingredients:

– 8 large eggs – 3 1/2 cups milk – 2 cups sugar – 1 1/2 cups whipping cream – 1 teaspoon vanilla extract – 1 loaf cinnamon swirl bread cut into 1-inch cubes – 1 cup chopped pecans (optional) – pinch salt

Rum Sauce Ingredients:

– 1 cup (packed) brown sugar – 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter – 1/2 cup whipping cream – 2 tablespoons rum (or spiced rum) – 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

STEP 1:  Prepare Oven and Pan

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Then take a stick of salted (or unsalted) butter and coat the bottom and sides of a 9 x 13 inch baking dish.  I personally prefer a glass dish, but any baking dish will do.

Step 2: Cut Bread

Tear up or cut your bread into small cubes or pieces, between 1 and 2 inches long/wide. No need to be precise with this part,  You can place them in the baking dish and cover with your mixture or stir them into your mixture in a bowl when it’s time.

Step 3: Combine Ingredients

Whisk eggs in a large bowl to blend. Add milk, sugar, cream, and vanilla; whisk to blend well. Stir in pecans (optional). Pour mixture into baking dish over your bread (or add the bread to the bowl first).

Step 4: Bake

Bake at 350 for at least an hour, likely an hour and 15-25 minutes.  Bake uncovered until the bread is puffed up and golden brown.  Once you pull it out of the oven to let it cool, it will fall back down. That’s totally normal.

Step 5: Make Rum Sauce

Stir brown sugar and butter in medium sauce pan 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. 

Step 6: Serve!

I like to serve it all nice and warm with caramel and either whipped cream or vanilla ice cream (or both).