Nom nom! Made this last night and served it straight from the oven.
Bread Pudding with Special Sauce
1/2 cup (1 stick) melted butter (I use Smart Balance)
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey Whiskey
1 T. lemon juice
1 day-old loaf French bread (I used my dad's homemade Italian loaf)
1 quart milk
3 eggs, lightly beaten
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 T. vanilla
1/2 cup each of Craisins and fresh blueberries
(soak overnight in whiskey if possible)
1/4 t cinnamon
3 T. butter, melted
Sauce: Melt butter in a saucepan. Add sugar and egg, whisking to blend. Cook on low, continuously stirring until thickened. (Don't simmer or it may curdle/separate.) Whisk in Jack Daniels and continue stirring until it's the consistency you want. Remove from stove and cover. Whisk again before spooning over pudding, making sure sauce is smooth.
Pudding: Preheat oven to 375. Tear bread into small chunks and put into large bowl. Pour milk over the bread and press bread down to absorb. In a separate bowl, beat together eggs, sugar, vanilla, and cinnamon, then gently stir into bread/milk mixture. Gently stir in craisins and blueberries.
Pour melted butter into a 9x13 glass baking pan, coating sides. Pour in pudding mix and bake for @40 minutes, or until edges begin to brown. Serve with a generous helping of sauce. Best eaten warm and fresh. (Serves 10-12.)