Medjool Date Bread Pudding with Pudding Sauce

Back to Recipes Total Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes 10 Servings


  • 1 lb. (about 8 cups) 1-inch cubes of day old or lightly toasted brioche or other egg bread 
  • 12 oz. (about 2 1/4 cups) Natural Delights Medjool Dates, pitted and chopped
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds 
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 6 large eggs plus 2 egg yolks
  • 3 1/2 cups fat-free or regular half & half
  • 1 tbsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 pinch freshly grated nutmeg


  • 1 1/2 cups cream
  • 2 tbsp. cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup bourbon
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract​


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F and butter a 13 X 9-inch baking dish.
  2. Toss together bread cubes, dates and almonds in a large bowl and spread in baking dish.
  3. Beat sugar, eggs and egg yolks in a large bowl with a mixer continue to until the mixture thickens and is pale yellow. Reduce mixer speed to low. Add half & half, vanilla and nutmeg and beat until well blended. Add bread cubes to bowl and stir lightly to coat; let stand 15 minutes, stirring once.
  4. Spoon into prepared dish and bake for 25 minutes. Open oven and carefully press down on the bread with a wooden spoon allowing any remaining liquid to rise. Spoon liquid evenly over the bread. Close oven and continue to bake for 15 to 20 minutes more or until a skewer inserted into the center comes out clean.
  5. To prepare bourbon sauce, whisk together cream and cornstarch in a medium bowl until smooth. Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add brown sugar and cook until bubbly. Slowly whisk in bourbon and reduce heat to low. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes. Stir in cream mixture and cook for a few minutes more or until thickened. 
  6. Spoon into dessert bowls and lightly with warm drizzle bourbon sauce.
Nutritional analysis per serving - Calories: 640, Fat: 26g, Saturated Fat: 13g, Trans Fat: 0g, MUFA:  7.72, PUFA:  1.75, Cholesterol: 250mg, Sodium: 430mg, Potassium: 539mg, Carbohydrates: 92g, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 61g, Protein: 13g, Vitamin A:  20%, Vitamin C:  2%, Calcium:  20%, Iron: 15%