Cinnamon Bread Pudding with Whiskey Sauce

Last month, I headed to Kansas on a whirlwind adventure in the Flint Hills cattle country. One night we were treated to a gourmet chuck wagon supper with an incredible Cinnamon Bread Pudding with Whiskey Sauce as the grand finale! Disclaimer: I am a Certified Angus Beef® Brand Ambassador. I receive compensation for this role which includes social sharing and blog posts featuring this brand. All opinions are my own.Cinnamon Bread Pudding with Whiskey Sauce | An unusual tweak makes this the lightest, tenderest, most amazing bread pudding!

Cinnamon Bread Pudding

Our friends at Certified Angus Beef® Brand arranged an amazing blogger trip to Kansas which included visiting a cattle ranch, a feed yard, a professional kitchen to learn about cuts of beef and a heck of a lot more. A bonus was a trip took us into Oklahoma to Ree Drummond’s, AKA The Pioneer Woman’s, lodge and studio as well as The Mercantile, her restaurant and retail shop.

The chuck wagon supper was orchestrated by rancher, Food Network star, and cookbook author, Kent Rollins. Our incredible meal included grilled Certified Angus Beef® Brand tomahawk ribeye steaks, grilled corn, hominy with green chiles, the best darn baked beans I’ve ever tasted and a light, luscious Cinnamon Bread Pudding drizzled with an extraordinary whiskey sauce! Watch Kent and his adorable wife whip up this amazing dessert in this VIDEO from our Kansas trip!Cinnamon Bread Pudding with Whiskey Sauce | An unusual tweak makes this the lightest, tenderest, most amazing bread pudding!

The Secret!

I was with over a dozen blogger friends and we all moaned with glee as we tasted this out of this world bread pudding. It was so light; we couldn’t figure out why! But then one smart cookie looked up the recipe in Rollins’ cookbook, A Taste of Cowboy, that we each had received, and found the answer. Hamburger buns! Not the stale, dense, leftover bread our moms taught us to utilize. This was genius as we always have odds and ends of both hamburger and hot dog buns in our freezer! I knew I’d have to try this version at home.

Half a Batch

12 servings was just a wee too much for the 3 of us, so I cut the recipe in half and tweaked it just a touch. Measuring out a half egg easy since I know a large egg is about 3 tablespoons in volume. Just whisk it and measure out 1 1/2 tablespoons. Voila, half an egg! I didn’t cook it in a cast iron skillet over hot coals, like our host did, but our Cinnamon Bread Pudding was still outstanding!

Cinnamon Bread Pudding with Whiskey Sauce | An unusual tweak makes this the lightest, tenderest, most amazing bread pudding!

Cinnamon Bread Pudding with Whiskey Sauce

We were blessed to be treated to a chuck wagon dinner featuring some amazing recipes from Kent Rollins. He was gracious enough to share a cookbook with us all!

Certified Angus Beef® Brand

Certified Angus Beef has been my go-to beef for the last few years. I knew it was the highest quality beef available, but after this sojourn, I finally understood why! Certified Angus beef cattle is raised with the highest standards which ensures the best marbling and therefore the most tender, flavorful product. Many of these ranchers have been raising beef for generations and now utilize modern technology, like DNA testing, to make sure the best of the best goes from farm to table! If you haven’t tried Certified Angus Beef, make sure you do! Plus, you can check this restaurant locator to find out where you can find this amazing beef in your hometown. I recently dined at Red, the Steakhouse in downtown Indianapolis and had a magnificent steak. Maybe the best ever!!

A gorgeous day to visit a feedlot!

At the Pioneer Woman’s Lodge and TV studio kitchen!

I met Marlboro Man at the Mercantile in Oklahoma.

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Cinnamon Bread Pudding with Whiskey Sauce

Serves 12 servings     adjust servings

Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr

A light textured bread pudding drizzled with whiskey sauce. Recipe adapted from Kent Rollins, A Taste of Cowboy Ranch Recipes and Tales from the Trail

Ingredients

Bread Pudding

  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 8-10 hamburger buns (I used 8 as they were larger brioche buns)

Whiskey Sauce

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 4-6 tablespoons whiskey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°. Lightly butter 8 x 11-inch baking dish.
  2. Whisk together the milk, sugar, and eggs until smooth. Slowly whisk in the butter, vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
  3. Tear half the buns (2½ of them) into 1-inch pieces and add to the wet mixture.Immerse the buns until moist. Tear the remaining buns, add to the mixture but don't mash. The second batch of bread pieces should be moistened, but still retain their shape.
  4. Pour the mixture into the baking pan.
  5. Bake for about 35 minutes, or until the pudding is sponge-like and springs back when touched in the middle. Do not over bake.
  6. Make whiskey sauce by combining all the ingredients in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil and cook for 1 minute.
  7. Drizzle warm sauce over slices of bread pudding.

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Recipe Notes

I made half of Kent Rollins' recipe. Just whisk the second egg and add about half of it. I baked in a 7 x 7-inch casserole dish for about 35 minutes.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 580kcal Calories from fat 302
% Daily Value
Total Fat 34g 52%
Saturated Fat 20g 100%
Transfat 1g
Cholesterol 139mg 46%
Sodium 208mg 9%
Carbohydrate 61g 20%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 47g
Protein 7g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories 2000
Total Fat Less than 65g
Sat Fat Less than 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g
Dietary Fiber 25g
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Front row seats of a cattle drive!

Our fabulous Saturday Night supper! The amazing menu: Grilled Cowboy Ribeye Steaks, Mesquite Buttered Corn, Hop-Along Hominy and Green Chile Casserole, One Stop Barbecue Baked Beans and Bread Pudding with Whiskey Cream Sauce. #SundaySupper #RootsinBoots

Posted by Liz Weber Berg on Saturday, June 24, 2017

Our fabulous chuck wagon supper!  This Cinnamon Bread Pudding was a sublime way to end our meal. The company and dishes were unforgettable!! Thank you, Certified Angus Beef® Brand for sharing why your beef IS the best. I was already of this mindset and now I understand why! Indianapolis friends, find the best selection at Market District in Carmel.

Also, a very special thanks to rancher and blogger, Debbie Lyons-Blythe, of Kids, Cows and Grass, who hosted an elegant luncheon on her deck with a mesmerizing view of the Flint Hills of Kansas. She and her family generously opened their home to this group of bloggers and dazzled us with their warmth and hospitality.

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Comments

  1. Gerlinde says:

    I have never been to Kansas or Oklahoma but I enjoy watching the Pioneer Woman on television. The bread pudding looks fabulous.

  2. I love Pioneer Woman’s recipes and her lodge kitchen looks pretty cool. Now I am so ready for this glorious bread pudding!

  3. It was a mind blowing trip. Certified Angus Beef never fails in any of their endeavors – and especially in providing us with the #BestBeef! It was so great meeting you and spending our mornings face to face instead of behind a computer chat box! 🙂 The food was incredible and that whisky sauce…I could eat it on so many treats!

  4. What a delicious trip I wish I had that opportunity I love their beef!

  5. What an amazing trip. The Flint Hills are beautiful but so is Oklahoma. I would have loved to have met you in Pawhuska (and would have taken you to some amazing places besides the Drummond ranch). Bread pudding always makes me think of my mom who kept used to always experiment to find the best recipes. Her tip—day old donuts. Excellent post, Liz.

  6. How cool, Liz! Certified Angus Beef is the best, exactly what I buy, and lucky you with this trip, chuck wagon supper and all. The bread pudding looks delicious and unique with the buns. Fun adventure for sure!

  7. Ugh. I am drooling. Cinnamon bread sounds like what dreams are made of!

  8. What a wonderful cooking experience!!! Certified Angus Beef IS the best for sure. This bread pudding has my mouth watering and reminds me of a bourbon bread pudding we once tasted at Keeneland Race track in Lexington, KY. Hitting the print button :).

  9. Also, good to know how to measure out 1/2 an egg – thanks!

  10. Such great memories of that trip and of that incredible bread pudding! That Whisky sauce though…omg…so good!

  11. What a fabulous trip! I would have loved it even though I don’t eat meat and my grandfather was a butcher. I think I ate too much beef as a kid!Love being out in wide open spaces though and I’m sure I would have adopted a cow! However this bread pudding has my name on it. I don’t like drinking whiskey but I sure do love whiskey sauce. Go figure!

  12. Wow Liz, what a fun trip…I have never been to that part of the Country…great pictures as well!
    I am not a big fan of bread pudding, but this one looks to tempting…especially topped with whiskey sauce…yum!
    Enjoy your week 🙂

  13. I have never been to a cattle ranch, looks fun. Oh I made a bread puddig with a bourbon sauce a while bakc,,,so freaking good, great tip about using buns!

  14. OMG, Liz, I cannot tell you how fab this looks. Hamburger buns, who knew???

  15. What an amazing adventure Liz! And the bread pudding looks incredible. Who would have thought hamburger buns could rise to such a delicious status!

  16. What a fantastic sounding trip LIz!! I’m so jealous! I had to run right over here as soon as I read about your whiskey sauce…fabulous!!

  17. WOW! Looks like a great trip — and what a yummy recipe. I love bread pudding and this is one I’ll need to try!

  18. What absolutely fun!!!! Looks like you made a lot of new friends and got some new tasty recipes! This pudding is awesome and, having been raised in the south, I know from experience the lovely pairing of bread pudding and whiskey sauce!

  19. What a divine bread pudding, Liz! Love that whiskey sauce! 🙂

  20. Love this cinnamon bread ! Look delicious Lizzy!

  21. It sounds like it was a wonderful trip. The cinnamon bread pudding sounds wonderful too! Love your pictures.

  22. Lisa @ Tiny Kitchen Capers says:

    I would never have thought to use buns. And that whiskey sauce!

  23. Looks delicious! But I’m assuming the ingredients, as given, were for the full recipe, and you halved them for the 7″ x 7″ pan, right? What size pan would you use for the ingredient amounts listed? 9 x 13″? I have hamburger buns leftover from a cookout, and this will be a great way to use them up!Thanks!

    • Yes, a 9 x 13 would be great. The original recipe stated an 8 x 11-inch baking dish, but I’m not sure everyone has one of those! Hope you enjoy, Deb!!

  24. We are so jealous! LOL, Panos almost fainted when I read this post to him and showed him your photos. And that steak on the video…Oh Lord!!!!:) AND baked beans to go with it? This can’t be real!!! You were faking this somehow, right? What a trip! You see, Panos loves Westerns and loves the Southern food. So I can’t accurately describe you his excitement over this post! And your pudding recipe with the whiskey at the end just hit the nail on its head:)
    Wish one day we’ll be able to visit the States and experience the authentic Southern hospitality and food with such great folks!
    Thanx so much for this awesome post dear! xoxoxo

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