Bread Pudding Soufflé with Whiskey Sauce

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Bread Pudding Soufflé with Whiskey Sauce

Bread Pudding Soufflé with Whiskey Sauce?!?

If you would have told me that I would even attempt making anything with the word  “Soufflé” in it 5 years ago I would have told you you must have bumped your head.  That word just makes me nervous.  That is like Julia Child kind of stuff right there.

My Mom and her husband went to NOLA last year and ate at The Commander’s Palace.  The waiter told them they just HAD to have this dessert, they were famous for it.  After polling my facebook readers, I found that to be true!

Joe decided that we needed to make these when they returned and he promptly ordered the Commander’s Kitchen Cookbook so “we” had the recipe!  Time ticked away, and fast forward to last week.  It was his birthday, and like always, I had no clue what to get him.  I decided I would make this dessert and  surprise him.

It starts off with a bread pudding rich in cinnamon and a few plump raisins – add some meringue, bake it to puffy perfection, poke a hole deep into the center and fill it with a whiskey cream sauce. Beautiful Presentation.

I was so nervous it would flop.  I agonized all day.  Now, I have never been there, or eaten this dessert, I had to google it to see what it even LOOKED like.  I was assured by both him and my Mom that it tasted just like it.


So, if you have been there, and want to try this one at home, or maybe you haven’t been and this just sounds wonderful… I think you should give it a whirl.  If I can make a souffle,  anybody can!

Here are a few prep photos, in case, like me, you had no clue what you were trying to make! 😉

bread pudding prep

Pouring the bread/custard mixture over the raisins to bake the bread pudding.

Bread Pudding Soufflé with Whiskey Sauce

Here they are going into the oven with their domes of puffy meringue!

Bread Pudding Soufflé with Whiskey Sauce

Just out of the oven, golden brown and ready to serve!

Bread Pudding Soufflé with Whiskey Sauce

Bread Pudding Soufflé with Whiskey Sauce on a white plate
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Bread Pudding Soufflé with Whiskey Sauce

Bread Pudding, cinnamon and a few plump raisins – add some meringue, bake it to puffy perfection, and fill it with a whiskey cream sauce. Beautiful Presentation.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Bread Pudding Soufflé with Whiskey Sauce
Servings: 6
Calories: 787kcal
Author: Michaela Kenkel


  • For the Bread Pudding:
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • pinch of ground nutmeg
  • 3 medium eggs
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract DO NOT USE IMITATION
  • 5 cups day old french bread Italian works, too cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 1/3 cup raisins
  • For the Whiskey Sauce:
  • 1 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons cold water
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup bourbon
  • For the Meringue:
  • 9 medium egg whites at room temperature
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 3/4 cup sugar


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease an 8x8 baking dish.
  • To make the Bread Pudding: Beat eggs with spices and sugar until smooth. Gradually add in the cream and vanilla. Fold into the bread, stirring until it soaks up the liquid. Scatter the raisins into the bottom of the pan, pour bread/custard mixture over the top. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until pudding has a golden brown color and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Set aside to cool to room temperature.
  • To make the whiskey sauce: In a small bowl combine the bourbon and sugar, set aside. In another small bowl combine the cornstarch and water, set aside. In a saucepan over medium heat bring your cream to a boil, stirring frequently. Add the cornstarch mixture and return to a boil. Boil for 30 seconds, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and stir in bourbon mixture. Set aside to cool to room temperature.
  • (at this point I separated my egg whites and placed them on the counter to come to room temperature)
  • When you are ready to prepare/serve: Preheat oven to 350 degrees and butter 6 - 6 ounce ramekins.
  • Divide your bread pudding in half, and crumble with your fingers or a spoon into two separate bowls. Set aside. In your stand mixer, with the whisk attachment, place egg whites (taking care to not have ANY yolk in them) and cream of tartar - begin whisking until foamy. Gradually add sugar and continue to whisk until stiff peaks form. You want to make sure that your meringue has stiff peaks to insure it doesn't fall flat. Take 1/4 of meringue and fold it into one of the halves of the bread pudding. Mix until incorporated. DO NOT OVER MIX, the more you work with it, the more the air will escape from your egg whites. Divide this mixture into the ramekins. Take the remaining meringue and combine it with the other half of the bread pudding. Top each ramekin and form into a dome. Mine was a couple of inches high. (I did have some left over) Bake on a cookie sheet for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Serve immediately.
  • To serve: Place ramekin on a small plate, take a knife or spoon and poke a hole in the center of each souffle. Pour whiskey sauce into the hole and let it drizzle down a bit.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 787kcal | Carbohydrates: 93g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 37g | Saturated Fat: 22g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 12g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 186mg | Sodium: 377mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 71g

I love to make desserts, but bread pudding was never on the list until now.

If you would like to check out some of my other dessert favorites, click <HERE>


This recipe is taken directly from The Commander’s Kitchen Cookbook — these recipes from The Commander’s Palace in  NOLA.

This cookbook is FABULOUS!! — and after reading it from cover to cover I have LOTS book marked to try! So stay tuned for more yumminess to come from New Orleans… well, at least from the cookbook! 😉

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  1. This looks fantastic. I’ve been to NOLA once, but didn’t go to Commander’s. I seem to really be missing out. I’m looking forward to what other recipes you cook up from this cookbook

  2. This looks and sounds so amazing, I have to make it. I used to always make my dad bread pudding when he & my mom used to come over for dinner, it was his favorite sweet treat. This is the quintessential bread pudding that I just have to try.

    Thanks so much for sharing.

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