bourbon bread pudding

After making alfredo sauce and bourbon bread pudding in the same evening, I realized that they’re both on my cooking bucket list. What else is on it? Pulled pork cooked completely on the grill. Sourdough starter made without commercial yeast. Ricotta. I recently, impractically, added rillettes to the list.

Well, I have made ricotta, once, sort of. I don’t remember the particulars, but I remember that it was a half-baked effort, so it doesn’t count. And neither does this half-baked (not literally) attempt at bourbon bread pudding.

True, there was bourbon, there was bread, and there was pudding, but the bread was leftover from a failed attempt to squeeze the whole bread-baking procedure in after work (before I started just bringing the dough with me to work to shape it and let it rise) and was brick-like in density. Because it hadn’t risen enough, it didn’t have many air holes, and without those holes, the custard has no where to absorb into.

The pudding was still good, but I suspect that it wasn’t quite right. I’m crossing alfredo off, but I think I’ll keep bourbon bread pudding on the list for now. What’s on your cooking bucket list?

Sharon chose this for Tuesdays with Dorie, and she has the recipe posted. I used poorly risen bread, didn’t add any extra egg yolks, and overbaked it. Oh, and I added a pinch of salt of course.

One year ago: Rick Katz’s Brownies for Julia Child
Two years ago: Floating Islands


  1. Love the idea of a cooking bucket list! 🙂

  2. But it looks so pretty! Sorry this didn’t work out for you…. at least you have a bottle of bourbon handy!

  3. How are rillettes impractical? Once you perfect that pulled pork you’ll be halfway there anyway. That smoked flavor might not be totally traditional, but it’d be darn good.

  4. Looks great to me! 🙂

  5. I’ve never heard of rillettes before! This may have tasted off but it sure looks great.

  6. Sharon says:

    Making pasta is on my cooking bucket list. I got the pasta machine over 6 months ago and I still haven’t used it. Thanks for baking along with me this week.

  7. Your pudding looks great, and I’d certainly go for seconds. I used crumpets, so lots of holes in mine! My bucket list? Not sure, but am now thinking about it–thanks!

  8. looks soo good with the sugar on top. pretty perfect!

  9. I think your pudding looks fabulous … and taste is all that counts, right!?

    Well, on my bucket list there would be Focaccia with Rosemary and Potatoes (, as for sweet treats I’d chose Pear Brownies ( … oh, and homemade vanilla ice cream, it just tastes so much better and more intense (no post yet)! And did I mention artichoke risotto with some rosted pine nuts…. oh, and… pumpkin gnocchi… is there a limit for a bucket list?! Cause I could go on like this for hours 😀

    And the list grows longer and longer the more I got lost on your wonderful blog 🙂

  10. i haven’t compiled a bucket list, but i think crumpets and bialys would be on it.

  11. anjelina says:

    Bourbon Bread Pudding looks yum and delicious.