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A single serving of cranberry orange bread pudding with bourbon sauce served on a small black dish with a spoon resting next to it.

Cranberry Orange Bread Pudding With Bourbon Sauce

This cranberry orange bread pudding is the perfect dish for a cozy holiday dessert.
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Servings 9


Cranberry Orange Bread Pudding

  • 4-5 croissants cut into 1"pieces (this will end up being approximately 7 cups) Croissants that are 1-2days old are ideal for this recipe
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons orange zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup frozen cranberries

Orange Burboun Sauce

  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons bourbon
  • 2 tablespoons fresh squeezed orange juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


For the bread pudding:

  • In a medium mixing bowl, soak croissant pieces in cream and milk for 10 minutes. Gently stir as needed to ensure all pieces become saturated.
  • Leaving any residual cream in the bowl, transfer croissants into an 8x8 baking dish. gently stir cranberries in with croissant pieces.
  • Beat sugar, orange zest, nutmeg, vanilla and salt in with cream. Pour mixture over croissants and cranberries.
  • Refrigerate for 30 minutes. While pudding chills, preheat oven to 350F.
  • Remove from refrigerator and bake for 50 minutes.

For the bourbon sauce:

  • In a medium saucepan, melt butter and sugar over medium heat.
  • Whisk in cream, bourbon, orange juice and salt. Continue to stir until mixture starts to thicken, about 5 minutes. Sauce will continue to thicken as it cools.
  • Serve sauce over bread pudding.
Keyword Bourbon Sauce, Bread Pudding, Cranberry Orange