Bagel Bread Pudding with Bourbon Sauce Recipe
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Bagel Bread Pudding with Bourbon Sauce Recipe

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I worked in a health club where bagels arrived daily, so I experimented with leftovers. I wasn’t a bread pudding fan until I tried it with bagels. —Kathy Hawkins, Gurnee, Illinois
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 40 min.
MAKES:15 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 40 min.
MAKES: 15 servings


  • 4 large eggs
  • 3-1/4 cups 2% milk
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup butter, melted
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 6 cinnamon-raisin bagels, cubed (about 10 cups)
  • 1-1/3 cups raisins
  • SAUCE:
  • 1/2 cup 2% milk
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 6 tablespoons butter, cubed
  • 2 tablespoons bourbon
  • 1 tablespoon light corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Nutritional Facts

1 serving: 442 calories, 17g fat (10g saturated fat), 91mg cholesterol, 346mg sodium, 65g carbohydrate (41g sugars, 2g fiber), 8g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, whisk eggs, milk, sugar, melted butter, cinnamon, vanilla and nutmeg until blended. Stir in cubed bagels and raisins. Transfer to a greased 13x9-in. baking dish. Refrigerate, covered, several hours or overnight.
  2. Preheat oven to 350°. Remove bread pudding from refrigerator; uncover and let stand while oven heats. Bake 40-45 minutes or until puffed, golden and a knife inserted in center comes out clean.
  3. For sauce, mix milk and vinegar; let stand 5 minutes. In a small saucepan, combine remaining sauce ingredients; stir in milk mixture. Bring to a boil. Cook and stir until sugar is dissolved. Serve with warm bread pudding. Yield: 15 servings (1-1/3 cups sauce).
Originally published as Bagel Bread Pudding with Bourbon Sauce in Taste of Home November 2015, p84

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smeisner User ID: 99082 263292
Reviewed Mar. 10, 2017

"I skipped the sauce and added chopped walnuts and blueberries and thought this was quite good. I didn't have six cinnamon raisin bagels so used what I had (no onion) and added extra cinnamon."

smile_e2003 User ID: 7111430 239368
Reviewed Dec. 14, 2015

"This is a really easy and simple bread pudding recipe. And super delicious. It's easy to make ahead and then take and bake so you serve it up nice and hot. Also, the leftovers reheat really well."

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