Recipe: Cinnamon Bun Bread Pudding with Caramel Sauce

Yes, you read that title right - Cinnamon Bun Bread Pudding. I made this last week for Jason in lieu of a birthday cake at his request. We're not really cake people so often we decide on other delicious desserts for our birthdays. This is one of my favourite recipes and it's super easy to make on a weeknight. You guys get an Instagram picture because we inhaled the whole pan before I thought to take a nice styled photo of it. Just bein' real.

Cinnamon Bread Pudding

Makes 9 x 13 pan

2 cups white sugar
2 cups milk
5 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
1 tsp cinnamon
2 cups stale and diced cinnamon buns (I used homemade ones, but store bought works just as good!)
2 cups stale and diced white bread
1/4 cup unsalted butter, cold
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup chopped pecans

For Caramel (makes approx 1 1/2 cups)
1/2 cup water
1 cup white sugar
1 cup whipping cream (35%)

Preheat your oven to 375F. Get a glass 9 x 13 pan and put all the bread & cinnamon bun bits in there. In a separate bowl whisk together sugar, milk, eggs, vanilla and cinnamon. Pour over the bread and make sure everything is covered/wet and let it soak for 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a small bowl combine the butter, brown sugar and pecans to form a crumble. Pour crumble mixture all over the bread pudding.

Bake for 35-50 minutes until the center is no longer wet, and the top is starting to brown.

While your bread pudding is baking, you can make the caramel sauce! Then everything is done at the same time. Bam!

Pour 1/2 cup of water into a medium sauce pan, then pour the sugar into the pan making sure to pile it in the middle and none is touching the sides. Turn your stove onto medium-high and just leave that pan alone! NO stirring, moving the pan, nada. It's tempting but DON'T DO IT. The sugar will start to melt & dissolve on it's own. Once all the sugar is melted and the syrup left behind is starting to turn a golden brown color here and there, swirl the pan until it is all golden brown. Take it off the heat and whisk in the cream until it is smooth. You will want a larger pot because it will bubble when you add the cream. You can serve it hot or refrigerate for later.

Now cut a slice of the bread pudding, drown it in caramel sauce and stuff your face! Another variation I've done is to ice it with cream cheese icing, or to make a cream cheese glaze to pour over top as well. Both versions are delicious!

Bread pudding is in my top 5 desserts ever. I thought it sounded so gross until I actually had some. I was missing out on one of the greatest desserts of my entire existence! What's your favourite dessert? Have you ever eaten bread pudding before? If you haven't now you have no excuse not to!