I love bread pudding. Growing up in Texas I am used to bread pudding done right and I managed to seek out pretty good bread pudding here in Portland at Acadia Bistro. They always have a bread pudding option on their menu.

Until recently I had never made my own. I’m not sure why, but I think I’m my mind, I thought it would be difficult to make. Great news, it’s not. It’s actually surprisingly easy to make bread pudding. You can basically use any bread you like. I used croissants to make this one. 

Irish Bread Pudding Recipe

Irish Bread Pudding Ingredients:

6 croissants, (tear each croissant into 4-5 pieces)
2 C half and half
4 eggs (large)
1/3 C sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 C Jameson Whiskey
1 C raisins
1 TBSP sugar (sprinkle)

Sauce Ingredients:
1 C brown sugar (packed)
1/2 C unsalted butter
2 TBSP heavy whipping cream

Bread Pudding Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Prep a 6 cup baking dish with nonstick baking spray.
Combine raisins and whiskey in a small bowl.
Cover the raisins and whiskey.
Let stand 10 minutes or until soft.
Do not drain the whiskey from the raisins.
Set aside.
Add the croissants to the prepared baking dish. Irish Bread Pudding Recipe
Sprinkle 3/4 cup of the raisins throughout the torn croissants. (Raisins and whiskey used to soak the raisins)

Whisk the half and half, eggs, sugar, lemon zest, salt, and vanilla in a large.
Pour this mixture over the croissant pieces.
Ensure all of the croissants pieces have been moistened.
Sprinkle the remaining raisins(1/4 cup) on top of the bread pudding. 
Set aside for 25 minutes allowing the bread pudding to soak in the egg mixture.

Irish Croissant Bread Pudding
Sprinkle sugar on the top of the bread pudding.
Bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes. 
Check for doneness by testing with a knife inserted in the middle of the bread pudding.
Set aside for 15 minutes for it to cool.

Sauce Directions:
Add all ingredients to a saucepan.
Stir constantly.
Bring to a boil.
Continue to stir.
Serve over warm bread.

Garnish with fresh whipping cream.

Irish Bread Pudding

Irish Bread Pudding Recipe