Decadent and upscale, this boozy bread pudding is fun to serve in a traditional rocks glass—just like a nip of bourbon would be. To lend a bit of sturdiness to the brioche, let it sit for a day or two before starting with the recipe.
3 Tablespoons Danish Creamery Butter, plus more for pan
1 (1 pound) loaf brioche, cut into 1-inch cubes
2½ cups whole milk
⅔ cup brown sugar
½ teaspoon kosher salt
2 Tablespoons Bourbon
1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
whipped cream, for serving
¾ cup granulated sugar
6 Tablespoons Danish Creamery Butter, cubed
½ cup heavy cream
2 Tablespoons bourbon
Preheat oven to 350°F. Generously butter a 2-quart baking dish and fill with bread cubes. Set aside.
Heat 3 tablespoons of butter, milk, brown sugar, and salt in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil, whisking often, then reduce to a gentle simmer and cook for about a minute, or until sugar is fully dissolved.
Meanwhile, whisk eggs together in a large bowl. Whisk about ½ cup of the hot milk mixture into the eggs. Add another ½ cup of hot milk and whisk to combine. Pour in the remaining hot milk and whisk smooth. Stir in Bourbon and vanilla.
Pour mixture over bread cubes. Let sit 5 minutes, gently pressing down a few times to help the bread soak up the custard.
Bake, uncovered, for about 45 minutes, or until the top is browned and the custard is set.
While the bread pudding bakes, make the Bourbon sauce. Heat sugar in a small heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium-low heat. Cook, stirring and scraping the pot with a rubber spatula, until the sugar clumps and then melts completely and turns an amber color. Add butter and whisk until melted and combined.
Carefully whisk in heavy cream (the mixture will sputter). Gently simmer for 10-12 minutes until thickened (sauce will continue to thicken as it cools). Remove from heat and stir in Bourbon and a pinch of salt.
To serve Bourbon Bread Pudding, pour a thin layer of bourbon sauce into the bottom of a rocks glass. Spoon in a layer of warm bread pudding, drizzle with more bourbon sauce, and top with whipped cream. Serve immediately.