Pecan bread pudding with butterscotch sauce

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By: Hairy Bikers From: Hairy Bikers' Mississippi Adventure

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This recipe is classed as easy

Rating 3.75 / 5 (85 votes)

Prep time:
20 min, plus standing time
Cook time:
1 hr
6 generously

The Hairy Bikers’ Southern spin on bread and butter pudding with pecan nuts and bourbon-spiked butterscotch sauce


1. Pour the cream and milk into a saucepan. Split the vanilla pod down its length and scrape out all the seeds into the saucepan. Throw in the empty pod for good measure and heat very gently, stirring occasionally.

2. When the milk is at the point of boiling, remove from the heat and leave to stand for 10 minutes.

3. Butter a 2 litre shallow ovenproof dish. Put the remaining butter in a small saucepan and melt over a low heat; set aside.

4. Carefully cut the crusts off the bread and cut the bread into roughly 2cm chunks – you should end up with around 250g. Put the bread in the buttered dish.

5. Break roughly half the pecans in half and scatter over the bread. Add the rest of the nuts whole. Toss the bread with the pecan nuts. Drizzle with the melted butter and set aside.

6. Using an electric whisk, beat the eggs in a large bowl with the sugar, maple syrup and bourbon, if using, for five minutes until pale and thick.

7. Strain the warm cream mixture through a sieve onto the eggs and whisk well. Pour slowly over the bread. Leave the pudding to stand for an hour at room temperature or cover and chill in the fridge overnight.

8. Preheat the oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Sprinkle the remaining 1 tbsp of sugar over the pudding and bake in the centre of the oven for 45 minutes until deep golden brown and slightly risen.

9. While the pudding is baking, make the butterscotch sauce.

10. For the butterscotch sauce: put the butter and sugar in a small pan and melt together over a low heat until smooth, stirring regularly with a wooden spoon until smooth.

11. Bring to a simmer then carefully stir in the bourbon or whiskey, taking care not to get splashed by the hot caramel, followed by the cream, stirring continuously as the bubbles subside.

12. Cook for a minute or so until smooth and creamy, stirring. Pour into a small jug. Serve the pudding hot with whipped cream or ice cream and the butterscotch sauce for pouring.


  • 250 ml double cream
  • 200 ml milk
  • 1 vanilla pod
  • 75 g butter, plus extra for greasing
  • 1 large baguette, roughly 415g
  • 150 g pecans
  • 4 large eggs
  • 200 g light soft brown sugar, plus 1 tbsp
  • 100 ml maple syrup
  • 3 tbsp Tennessee or bourbon whiskey, (optional)

For the butterscotch sauce

  • 75 g butter
  • 150 g light soft brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp Tennessee or bourbon whiskey, (or more to taste)
  • 50 ml double cream

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I made this pudding twice . This time I used Black Lable whiskey , It is heavenly. My friends loved it

Grace S. 20 April 2014. 2.30 p m

Srilali gr29064 Srilali gr29064  Posted 20 Apr 2014 3:06 PM

ColinB45336 ColinB45336  Posted 05 Jun 2013 2:45 PM

Oh my god, we love bread and butter pudding in our household and have being making it for 10 years. This is the best one yet. We used whiskey instread of bourbon and we added some raisins as so far all the bread and butter puddings have had raisins.

paulD37639 paulD37639  Posted 22 Sep 2012 7:56 PM