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Gilliland's Irish bread pudding with caramel-whiskey sauce

Gilliland's Irish bread pudding with caramel-whiskey sauce
Los Angeles Times

DEAR SOS: Gilliland's restaurant in Santa Monica serves an Irish bread pudding that won't quit. Can you get the recipe? - CORA DEAR CORA: Owner Gerri Gilliland came through in perfect time for a St. Patrick's Day celebration. Read more

Total time: 90 minutes | Serves 6


  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 12 (1/2-inch thick) white bread slices, crust removed, to make 8 cups cubed bread
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/3 cup Irish whiskey, optional
  • 2 1/2 cups milk
  • 2 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 vanilla bean, slit lengthwise
  • 8 eggs
  • 1 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Step 1Brush butter over bread and toast lightly on 1 side. Cube and set aside.

Step 2Soak raisins in Irish whiskey. Combine milk and cream in saucepan. Scoop black seeds from vanilla bean into milk and cream and add pod. Heat, remove pod and allow mixture to cool.

Step 3Beat eggs with 1 cup sugar and add milk mixture. Stir in bread cubes and raisins, and allow to stand 15 minutes.

Step 4Pour bread mixture into buttered glass baking dish. Dot with additional butter. Mix together remaining 1 tablespoon sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle over to taste. Bake at 350 degrees until set, about 1 hour. Serve with Caramel Irish Whiskey Sauce, fresh fruit or as is.

Caramel Irish whiskey sauce

  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream, plus more if needed
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup Irish Whiskey

Step 1Melt sugar in water over low heat, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Boil without stirring until caramelized, 15 to 20 minutes. In separate pan, warm whipping cream. Add butter and whipping cream to sugar mixture and cook until smooth, 1 to 2 minutes. Cool, then add whiskey and more cream for desired consistency.

Each serving with 1/4 cup sauce:
1,456 calories; 679 mg sodium; 594 mg cholesterol; 100 grams fat; 123 grams carbohydrates; 19 grams protein; 0.24 gram fiber.
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