Warm Cinnamon Bread Pudding in Bourbon Sauce

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Never throw out your day-olds again. For bread that’s lost some of its “fresh from the oven” springiness, our food waste solution is a bit of a boozy one. After a dip in this orange-infused bourbon bath, slightly stale Cinnamon Bread reemerges as a delicious bread pudding worthy of breakfast or dessert. Some things just taste better with age. And with bourbon.

Makes 10-12 servings


  • 1 day-old loaf of Imperfect Foods Cinnamon Bread, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • ¾ cup heavy cream
  • 4 large eggs
  • ⅓ cup plus 1 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ⅓ cup bourbon
  • Zest of one orange
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Powdered sugar, for dusting


  1. Preheat the oven to 350° F. Lightly grease a 2-quart baking dish.
  2. Combine 1 Tbsp sugar with orange zest in a medium bowl with your fingers. Mix until very fragrant.
  3. Whisk in the milk, cream, eggs, bourbon, remaining sugar, vanilla, and salt in the same bowl until smooth. Evenly distribute bread in the baking dish and pour milk mixture over the bread. Soak for at least 15 minutes.
  4. Bake for 50-60 minutes, or until the center is set. Cover with aluminum foil if bread browns too quickly.
  5. Remove from the oven and cool for 15 minutes to set. Dust with powdered sugar and serve warm.

Recipe Notes and Variations

  • Add a few more spices like nutmeg, ground ginger, and cardamom to really kick the flavor up a few notches.
  • Get out the rest of your stale bread for this classic cinnamon french toast.
  • This recipe would be a bit tricky to make vegan, but for something a little lighter on the dairy, swap out the whole milk for coconut or oat milk.
  • If you’d prefer your cinnamon bread pudding alcohol-free, mix 1/4c water with a teaspoon of vanilla extract and 1 tbsp of apple cider vinegar to use in place of bourbon.


  • June
    March 24, 2021 at 11:13 pm

    You gave a suggested substitute for the bourbon, but no amounts for each of the ingredients. Also, are there any other possible substitutions?

    • Imperfect Foods
      March 28, 2021 at 10:01 pm

      It’s a 1/4 cup of water with 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract and 1 tbsp of apple cider vinegar. That’s the main substitution we’d recommend in place of bourbon! 💚

  • Dana
    April 2, 2021 at 5:18 pm

    Does the rest of the sugar (the 1/3 cup) go in step 3? It’s not listed anywhere except in the ingredient list (⅓ cup plus 1 Tbsp granulated sugar) but step 2 only mentions the 1 Tbsp of sugar.

    • Imperfect Foods
      April 2, 2021 at 11:31 pm

      Yes! The remaining sugar goes in at step 3 🙌


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