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This Eggnog Bread Pudding recipe is a delicious dessert for the holiday season!!  Serve it warm with the eggnog custard sauce and a dollop of whipped cream – your guests will LOVE it!

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Eggnog bread pudding on a white plate with sauce and whipped cream.

I like eggnog, but in small amounts.  There’s no way my family will finish an entire carton before it goes bad, but I love adding it to desserts!!!  Leftover eggnog is great for this holiday dessert recipe, soft eggnog cookies and my delicious eggnog poke cake!

Eggnog Bread Pudding Ingredients (Amounts in Recipe Card Below)

  • Bread – You can use brioche, challah bread, French bread or sliced white bread (slightly dry, stale bread is preferred over fresh bread as it’ll soak in more of the yummy eggnog mixture!)
  • Eggnog  I used a carton of eggnog I found at the grocery store.  Though you could try using homemade eggnog, I’ve never tried it in this recipe.  You’ll need eggnog for the bread pudding and the sauce.
  • Milk – Any type of milk will work for this (whole, skim, almond, oat, etc.)
  • Sugar – You’ll use sugar in the bread pudding and in the sauce.  White sugar or brown sugar will work great.
  • Eggs – When baking, I always use size “large” eggs.  You’ll need eggs for the bread pudding and the sauce.
  • Flavorings – Vanilla extract, ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg, salt and spiced rum (for the sauce, optional).
  • Butter – To add more flavor and richness to the sauce.
  • Cornstarch – To thicken the sauce.

How to Make Eggnog Bread Pudding

Making the bread pudding is super easy.  You’ll whisk together the wet ingredients and the sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt in a large bowl.  

Bread pudding mixture in a large bowl with a whisk.

Once it’s all combined, you’ll gently fold in the bread pieces.

Eggnog bread pudding mixture in a bowl.

Pour the mixture into a prepared baking dish and bake in a preheated oven until the top of the bread pudding is a golden brown and the center is just barely wiggly.  If the top is browning before the center of the pudding is done, cover with aluminum foil for the rest of the bake time.  

Baked eggnog bread pudding in an oval baking dish.

​Once your bread pudding is done, you’ll make a delicious custardy eggnog sauce to go with it.  You’ll begin by whisking the eggnog, sugar and cornstarch together in a small saucepan.  Once you have it all combined, you’ll bring it to a boil, stirring constantly until thickened.

You’ll pour about 1/3 of the mixture over one beaten egg in a separate bowl while you whisk quickly (this is called “tempering the egg”).  Then, you’ll pour it all back into the original saucepan and bring it to a boil.  

Sauce with butter and spiced rum being whisked in.

Lastly, you’ll add the butter and spiced rum (optional) and stir until butter is melted.

If you don’t plan to serve it right away, cover it with plastic wrap to avoid it forming a film on top.

Eggnog bread pudding on a white plate with sauce and whipped topping.

How To Serve Bread Pudding

As you can see in the photos, I like to dust the bread pudding with powdered sugar.  Then, I serve it with the warm eggnog sauce and a dollop of whipped cream!!  However, I’d never turn down a scoop of vanilla ice cream…another nice addition!

​You could also serve this as a French toast casserole on Christmas morning and serve it with maple syrup!  

Eggnog bread pudding on a white plate with eggnog sauce.

How to Store Leftover Bread Pudding

Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-5 days.  When ready to enjoy, warm in the microwave and serve.

Other Sauce Options 

Though I love using the eggnog sauce that comes with this recipe, there are so many other options that’ll work great as well!!  

  • Vanilla sauce
  • Rum sauce
  • Rum raisin sauce
  • Warmed caramel sauce
Eggnog bread pudding on a white plate with sauce and whipped cream and a bite out of it.

Other Festive Dessert Recipes

Eggnog Trifle

Pumpkin Bread Pudding

No Bake Eggnog Dessert

Cranberry Apple Crisp

Hot Chocolate Poke Cake

Eggnog bread pudding on a white plate with sauce and whipped cream.

Eggnog Bread Pudding

Author: Kelsey
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
8
This Eggnog Bread Pudding recipe is a delicious dessert for the holiday season!!  Serve it warm with the eggnog custard sauce and a dollop of whipped cream – your guests will LOVE it!

Equipment

  • One Baking Dish

Ingredients
 

Bread Pudding

  • 1 1/2 cups eggnog
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 10 cups cubed bread

Eggnog Sauce

  • 1 1/2 cups eggnog
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons spiced rum optimal

Instructions

For the Bread Pudding

  • Preheat oven to 350℉ and grease a baking dish*; set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the eggnog, milk, sugar, eggs, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt.
  • Add the cubed bread and carefully toss to coat with the eggnog mixture.
  • Pour the mixture evenly over the bread cubes, making sure all of the bread is coated.
  • Pour into the prepared baking dish and bake for 35-40 minutes or until set (some wiggle in the center is fine).

Make the Eggnog Sauce

  • Add the egg to a medium-sized mixing bowl; beat the egg and set aside.
  • In a saucepan, whisk together the eggnog, sugar and cornstarch.
  • Cook over medium heat, whisking constantly, until it's reached a gentle boil.
  • Slowly pour about 1/3 of the mixture into the bowl with the beaten egg, whisking quickly as you pour with a slow steady stream.
  • Pour the mixture with the egg back to the saucepan with the remaining eggnog mixture.
  • Whisk over low heat until a gentle boil has been reached.
  • Remove from the heat and stir in the butter and rum (if using).
  • Serve warm over the eggnog bread pudding.

Notes

You can use a 9×13-inch or 8×11-inch baking dish.  (Add 5 minutes to the bake time if using the smaller dish)

Nutrition

Calories: 407kcal | Carbohydrates: 60g | Protein: 14.2g | Fat: 11.3g | Saturated Fat: 4.7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 140mg | Sodium: 499mg | Potassium: 250mg | Fiber: 3.2g | Sugar: 28g | Vitamin A: 350IU | Vitamin C: 0.9mg | Calcium: 195mg | Iron: 3.3mg
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  1. Can you make any of these steps ahead of time?

    1. Hi Meghan – You could cut up the bread and mix the eggnog mixture ahead of time. I’d just wait to assemble right before you bake! 🙂 Happy Holidays!!! ~Kelsey