Incredible Bread Pudding Soufflé Recipe: The Best Way to Use Stale French Bread by Chef Ryan Boudreaux

2 years ago

Incredible Bread Pudding Soufflé Recipe: The Best Way to Use Stale French Bread

This dish is a fixture in homes and on restaurant menus all over Louisiana. Bread pudding became popular with the frugal and resourceful Cajuns who always found different ways to use up their food.

French bread goes stale quickly, so why not make it into a delicious dessert recipe? Another way they used up stale French bread? Pain perdu.

Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 30 minutes plus 45 minutes to cool
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 2 hours and 15 minutes 
Servings: 6


Bread Pudding

Rum Sauce

Here's how to make it: 

  1. Make the bread pudding, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease the bottom and sides of a 9x9-inch baking pan with 1 tablespoon of the butter.
  2. In the large bowl of an electric mixer, beat 1 1/2 cups sugar, the egg yolks, milk, raisins, cinnamon, vanilla, nutmeg and salt.
  3. Fold in the stale bread cubes, pressing them down into the liquid, and let them sit for 15 minutes so the bread absorbs some of the liquid.
  4. Pour the bread mixture into the greased baking pan, and bake until firm and golden brown, about 35 minutes. Remove, and let cool to room temperature, 45 minutes to 1 hour.
  5. Grease six 1-cup soufflé ramekins with the remaining tablespoon of butter. In the large bowl of an electric mixer, beat the egg whites at high speed until foamy. Gradually add the 2 tablespoons sugar and cream of tartar, and continue to mix on high speed until the meringue is thick and shiny, with stiff peaks.
  6. In a separate large bowl, pour the cooled bread pudding, and stir until smooth. Then, gently fold in the meringue. Fill the greased soufflé ramekin cups, mounding about an inch over the top rim. Place the filled soufflé cups on a sheet pan, and bake for 25 minutes, or until lightly browned and toasted on top. While the soufflés are in the oven, make the rum sauce.
  7. Make the rum sauce: In a heavy medium saucepan, combine brown sugar and butter, and stir over medium heat until melted and smooth, 2 to 3 minutes.
  8. Stir in the heavy cream, rum, and cinnamon, reduce heat to low, and bring to a simmer. Simmer until the sauce thickens, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes. Serve immediately by poking a hole in the top of each soufflé, and pouring about 2 tablespoons of warm rum sauce into each.

Lagniappe Tips: Make sure your egg whites have no yolk in them, and that they are cold before whipping. If the rum sauce separates, stir it vigorously with a spoon or wire whip until it forms a uniform consistency again.

Photos: Chef Ryan Boudreaux

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Donna John
This looks absolutely delicious, Chef Ryan Boudreaux ! I cannot wait to try this recipe. Hope to see more recipes from you soon! Checking out your cookbooks now. Love Cajun food.
Elisa Schmitz
Bread pudding, so amazing! Your recipe looks delicious, Chef Ryan Boudreaux . Thank you for sharing and welcome to 30Seconds!
I think I just drooled a little. 😋

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