Before I tell you how utterly delicious this recipe is and how you should make it right away, I give you permission encouragement to serve this either for dessert or breakfast. Or both. On the same day. Bread Pudding with Warm Vanilla Sauce was something that for some reason I simply had to have on a daily basis during our cruise in December. Royal Caribbean offered it daily aboard Oasis of the Seas (best ship ever), and I got my money’s worth between that and my unlimited fountain drink cup. Anyhow, all this to say that I have been meaning to replicate it at home ever since. This version is even better than the original because you can enjoy the slightly crunchy top that provides a texture that can be difficult to maintain when feeding masses of hungry passengers aboard a giant ship.
Bread pudding is extremely easy to make. It’s basically French toast in a casserole dish. What really puts this Bread Pudding over the top is the Warm Vanilla Sauce. Speechless. Sweet, creamy, and the perfect complement to the subtle spices in the custard base. It would also be amazing on apple pie, apple crisp, ice cream, waffles, or your fingers. I’m not here to judge. The sauce itself is similar to the Vanilla Crème Anglaise in my Apple Charlotte recipe, but doesn’t require fussing with egg yolks and whatnot, making this recipe super simple to throw together on short notice. You could also use the Caramel-Banana Sauce that I make with my Banana Poppy Seed Pancake recipe. It’s amazing, and would be fabulous on just about anything.
This bread pudding recipe is exactly the sort of thing that I love making on cold, wintery Sunday nights while watching Downton Abbey. It’s so comforting.