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Cast Iron Bread Pudding with Maple Bourbon Glaze

Cast iron bread pudding

A grill is such a versatile piece of cooking equipment. It isn’t simply a tool to flame-kiss burgers and hot dogs, but it can be properly utilized as an oven for baking amazing dishes such as this Cast Iron Bread Pudding with Maple Bourbon Glaze.

Variations of bread pudding are enjoyed the world over, from bread pudding eaten with custard in Malaysia to bread pudding soaked in coconut milk in Puerto Rico. Bread Pudding first appeared in an 18th century cookbook called The Compleat Housewife, and was called "baked bread pudding." 

Many bread pudding recipes call for stale bread, which is fine, but not required in this recipe. This is a quick and easy recipe that will have you enjoying an effortless dessert after a meal, so you still have time to catch a gorgeous sunset and relax.


Cast Iron Bread Pudding with Maple Bourbon Glaze

Ingredients (Bread Pudding):

  • ½ French Bread loaf, cubed into ½” pieces
  • 3 Tbsp. Butter, melted
  • 1 cup White Sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups of Half and Half
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
  • 1 tsp. Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. Nutmeg
  • ½ cup Brown Sugar


  1. Place cubed bread in cast iron pan
  2. Whisk remaining ingredients (except for Brown Sugar) together in bowl.
  3. Pour mixture over bread, pressing bread down with fork to ensure all bread gets coated with mixture.
  4. Evenly distribute Brown Sugar over top.
  5. Place pan into covered grill on medium heat around 325⁰F and bake for approximately 25-30 minutes or until edges begin to brown and caramelize.


Ingredients (Maple Bourbon Glaze):

  • 1 ½  cups pure Maple Syrup
  • ½ cup Bourbon Whiskey
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 2Tbsp. Butter


Combine all ingredients in a small sauce pot.  Cook over medium-high heat until sugar dissolves and begins to caramelize (approximately 5-8 minutes), constantly stirring to prevent scorching.  Serve warm on top of the cast iron bread pudding, and enjoy!

Sweet tooth? Make sure you also check out our Dulce De Coco recipe!

Did you know there's a great Facebook group called Croix Valley Nation where fans share cooking tips and recipes? 

A little more about bread pudding...

Cast Iron Bread pudding is a delicious comfort food that has a long and rich history. This simple dessert has been enjoyed by people all over the world for centuries. It is a combination of bread, eggs, sugar, and spices that is baked to perfection. The earliest versions of bread pudding can be traced back to ancient Rome. Throughout the Middle Ages, bread pudding became a popular dish across Europe. By the 18th century, bread pudding was being served in the United States and became a staple in many households. Today, bread pudding is still a favorite treat with many variations and recipes. The delicious journey through time of bread pudding has made it a timeless classic that never goes out of style.

Cast iron bread pudding

History of Bread Pudding – Ancient Rome

Bread pudding has been enjoyed for centuries, and it is believed that the earliest versions were in Ancient Rome. The Roman dish called “puls” was made with stale bread that was soaked in wine and baked until it was crunchy. Other versions of puls were baked with cheese or honey. Roman soldiers also made puls by adding eggs and other ingredients to the stale bread. This is believed to be the predecessor to what we now know as French toast. Puls was commonly eaten in Ancient Rome as a snack or at the end of a meal. People also ate a similar type of bread pudding in Ancient Greece. The Greeks called their version “sapsou”. It was made with the ends of loaves of bread that were not good enough to sell. “Sapsou” is believed to be the predecessor of French toast as well.

History of Bread Pudding – Middle Ages

Many historians believe that the popularity of bread pudding in Europe began during the Middle Ages. Cast Iron Bread Pudding was a common dish that was served at the end of a meal along with wine. It was so popular that many households would make their own version of it. There are many different recipes for Medieval bread pudding. Some versions included meat or fish, spices, fruit, and honey. Medieval bread pudding was baked until it was hard and crunchy. Bread pudding was so popular in the Middle Ages that it was even mentioned in Shakespeare’s play “The Winter’s Tale”. The recipe varies from place to place in the play, so historians are unsure of exactly what was being eaten.

Cast iron bread pudding

History of Bread Pudding – 18th Century

As time went on, the recipe changed and became softer than it was in the Middle Ages. In the 18th century, bread pudding became a very common dish in Great Britain. Some recipes are very similar to the ones we eat today, while others are very different. Many people started to add raisins to the dish, making it similar to the recipe of French toast. Bread pudding became so popular that it was served at many parties and celebrations. It was a very easy dish to make, and people enjoyed the sweet, crunchy taste. Versions of bread pudding were even found in books for children.

Different Variations

Bread pudding can be made in many different ways. The most common ingredients are stale bread, eggs, milk, and spices. The type of bread used can vary greatly. Some recipes call for white bread while others prefer to use brown bread. There are many different variations of bread pudding. Bread pudding can be made with sweet or savory ingredients. Many people like to add fruits, nuts, and spices to create interesting flavors. Savory bread pudding is a common dish in Spain and other places in Europe. Bread pudding can also be made with other types of foods besides bread. It is very common to see bread pudding made with crumpets in the United States.

Popular Recipes

There are many different recipes for bread pudding. While we find the recipe above to be absolutely perfect, the following are a few other most popular types. - Apple Bread Pudding: This is a classic dish that many people enjoy. It is made with bread, apples, eggs, and spices. - Bread Pudding with Currants or Raisins: This is a common savory dish that is popular in Spain. It is made with bread, milk, eggs, and spices. - Bread Pudding with Chocolate: This is a sweet dish that many people enjoy. It is made with bread, milk, eggs, and cocoa powder. - Bread Pudding with Nuts: This is a savory dish that is made with bread, milk, and eggs. Nuts can be added to create a sweet flavor. - Bread Pudding with Wild Blueberries: This is a sweet dish that many people enjoy. It is made with bread, milk, eggs, and wild blueberries. - Blueberry Bread Pudding: This is a classic dish that is made with bread, milk, eggs, and blueberries.

Cast iron bread pudding

Bread pudding is a delicious dish that has been enjoyed for centuries. It is made with stale bread, eggs, milk, and various spices. The bread pudding can be sweet or savory, and many different variations exist. It is a simple dish that can be made with a few simple ingredients. The dish has been enjoyed for centuries and will likely be eaten for many more years to come.

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