Donut Bread Pudding with Bourbon Creme Anglaise

WAIT! Don’t Do It! Don’t throw away those old donuts- by all means keep them and stash them away in the freezer- Believe me you are going to wish you had listened to me after reading this post! I hope you are mentally prepared for the most sinful indulging dessert that will have you dreaming of donuts and running to the nearest Shipley’s or Krispy Kreme in the morning. My Donut Bread Pudding with Bourbon Creme Anglaise is by all definitions, and that would be per my Kitchen Belleicious Dictionary, a true culinary masterpiece.

Not only did I go above and beyond the usual bread pudding by using donuts (Krispy Kreme to be exact) but I throw in the ultimate show stopper with the bourbon creme Anglaise. You see, I was not simply in the mood for something sweet, I was CRAVING something sweet, something so indulgent that I would feel sick afterwards. Why you might ask did I want to feel sick. Well, we had gone to a little engagement party that night and I had not been to keen on the food served (nothing was wrong with it just not my type of food) so I opted for a few appetizers here and there, all the while envisioning exactly what type of rich dessert I was going to make myself ( I mean us, I guess he could have a few bites! LoL!) once we got home. I remembered the donuts I had stashed in the freezer that my sweet loving father had brought me us the last time he was in town (Thank you Jesus) and my mind started racing. Besides just going straight at them and popping them into my mouth like crazy, I was trying to decide what could I actually make with them. Then it came to me. Bread Pudding! At last, I saw a light at the end of this food tunnel and now I was even more ready to get home than before!

If you think bread pudding is hard to make then you have been reading the wrong recipes. If you can whisk up eggs and milk then you can make bread pudding. It is simply bread cubes soaked in a decadent custard and baked to perfection. You can’t go wrong with it- chose from a variety of breads along with any flavor you wish (Oh, I just saw visions of strawberries dancing in my head). Note to s self: Make  a strawberry bread pudding next time. In fact, the best part of all about this dish is you can make it a whole day in advance. That’s right, you heard me. You can actually make it and have it in the fridge ready to pop in the oven at a moment’s notice.

The rich Creme Anglaise certainly steals the show in the end. The bread pudding wouldn’t have been the same without the sweet caramel-like sauce drizzle on top. Serve with a scoop of ice cream (please tell me you do that?) and have yourself a fabulous dessert!


Donut Bread Pudding with Bourbon Creme Anglaise


A dozen day old donuts, cut into cubes

1/2 stick butter, melted

2 1/2 cup whole milk or you could use heavy cream

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp nutmeg

1 tsp vanilla

1 tsp salt

4 eggs, slightly beaten

* optional- 1/4 cup whiskey

Bourbon Creme Anglaise

2 cups of heavy cream

6 TBSP of sugar

8 egg yolks

1/4 cup of bourbon or 1/2 tsp vanilla extract


Grease a 9×13 oven safe dish. In a large bowl mix together the remaining ingredients. Place the donuts into the large bowl and allow to soak for 5 minutes. Pour the custard mix along with the donuts into the greased dish, leaving approx 1/4 cup of cream remaining. Sprinkle with a touch of cinnamon and cover with foil. You can either bake the bread pudding now at 350 for 30 minutes or place in the refrigerator for up to a day.  After the initial 20 minutes, remove the foil and bump up the temperature to 375- cook for the remaining 10 minutes. Allow to cool and drizzle with the Creme Anglaise

To make the sauce: (Southern Foodways Alliance cookbook)

Stir together the cream and 2 TBSP of sugar in a medium saucepan on low until the sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and set aside to cool. In a small bowl, using a hand whisk beat together the egg yolks and remaining 4 TBSP of sugar until pale yellow and thick. When the cream and sugar has cooled place a small amount of the cream into the egg yolk mixture, stir to combine then place all the egg yolk mixture back into the saucepan with the creme. Stir gently and set over low heat. Stir constantly for approximately 5-6 minutes until the mixture is thick and coats the back of you spoon. Once thick, remove from heat and stir in the vanilla or bourbon. Drizzle ALL over the bread pudding!



  1. Cool Gal

    Wow! Donuts and cream…you are speaking my language! That looks fabulous – a treat the whole family would enjoy!

    Think I’ll surprise them with it this weekend!

    I’ve made so many of your delicious recipes. I know I’ve said this before, but, girl, you are so talented!!! 🙂

    Blogger is down and I had a couple of great recipes to post myself today. One was for a Salsa Verde Turkey Burger, and the other was for Spicy Baked Beans. Hopefully, it will be up and running soon.

    Have a great weekend, Jessica!

  2. Lindsay

    this recipe is so so wrong…krispy kreme anything makes me swoon.

  3. Dani

    You come up with the greatest recipes! My husband is a huge donut fan – then again, who isn’t? I can’t wait to try this out!

    1. Kitchen Belleicious

      Dani- I know I am too but my husband actually isn’t. He is not much for sweet stuff for breakfast but he was all for this bread pudding. I told him hands off though- its mine! LOL!

  4. Amanda

    I love bread pudding and this look insanely good. I love the cream sauce. I have never heard of it before but it sounds delicious!

  5. Allison @ Alli 'n Son

    Oh my! It’s a good thing I don’t have any donuts, or booze, in the house because I would devour this in one sitting. You are an evil genius!

    P.S. Do you deliver?

  6. Strawberry CAKE

    You’re KILLIN’ me with this one! Seriously?! Oh my goodness…..that’s all I can say…OHMY GOODNESS. polka dot period

  7. Rita

    Love Love Love it! Amazing and I wish I could have the whole thing right now! Your so awesome girl

  8. Shawn

    Been there and done that(I’ve got the thighs to prove it!) but, never with ice cream and that lovely sauce 🙂 I have sooo gotta try it!

    P.S. Where in the world is there an area that has both Shipley’s & Krispy Crack?

  9. Erica

    This would make Paula Deen proud! I think I’d have to share this dessert with Josh…but I know I’d enjoy every bite ;). Craziness

  10. Alli

    First off … I wish we ever had left over donuts in this house! I may need to buy a few extras and stash before the family spots them just to make this. How on earth do you stay so thin and beautiful with visions like this running through your head. Curse you this vision is now running through my head!

  11. Torrie @ a place to share...

    I will never, ever, EVER discard another donut……… not if I can turn ’em into THIS!!

    Might have to squeeze an extra workout (or two) in to compensate, but totally worth it. 😉

    Trying to get better so I can get back in the kitchen (& get my appetite back! Had lots of good dishes planned for the weekend)!!

  12. Torrie @ a place to share...


    The books came!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1. Kitchen Belleicious

      Oh Yeah! I can’t wait to hear what you have to say about them. Yours truly is in the front of the first one. Just remember I was younger and all i thought about was shopping:)

  13. Mary

    Oh my goodness, I could definitely jump into a bowl of that! it looks incredible

  14. kelli

    What can I say except you did it again, you made my mouth water and now I want to run to the grocery store buy all the stuff and make asap! Yummy!Cant wait to try!

  15. Kate (What Kate is Cooking)

    I just died a little on the inside. This is too good to be true!

  16. Maria @ Scandifoodie

    That is so so tempting! This looks really scrumptious!

  17. Shea

    This looks positively sinful! And in the best way 🙂

  18. anne

    oh, GOOD LORD–nuff said!

  19. daphne

    What a brilliant idea. Crispy kreme reinvented! EVEN better!!

  20. Tammy

    Looks like a marvelous recipe. I must try it-this is my mom’s favorite dessert.

  21. Candace

    You are a girl after my own heart! Sometimes you just gotta make and eat something so rich and decadent that it makes you sick afterward. I feel ya on that one, Sista! This looks absolutely amazing. I have never met a doughnut that I didn’t like. 🙂

    Love it!

  22. lena

    you sound so excited and this really looks so tempting. Now i know what to do with leftover donuts, i’m not going to eat it just like that!

  23. Taylor

    Off to the store I go because I have to get me some donuts! Man oh man this looks so good. Could i use just regular donuts from grocery store?

  24. Kitchen Belleicious

    Taylor- YES you sure can use donuts from the store. It will be just as good and that is a great idea too because we all can pick them up at the store. If it wasn’t for my dad bringing me kripsy kremes I would have done the same!

  25. Alice

    I love this recipe. So easy and that sauce sounds fantastic. Now I just need to remember not to eat all the donuts next time and save them! LOL!

  26. Jenn L @ Peas and Crayons

    oh you’re dangerous =)

    haha this looks soooooooo good!!!!!!

  27. flip flops & pearls

    LAWDY kill me now:)

    HAHA I love some KK & BP!

    Thanks for sharing this sweetie-
    I hope your Monday is FAB!

  28. Rachel @ The Avid Appetite

    I think my heart just stopped. There are just not enough Krispy Kreme locations in the tri-state area, and they are by far the best, most decadent donuts! You have me craving some major sweets right now!

  29. christy mcmurrian

    Sin on a plate!

  30. Ruth

    I have never thought of using doughnuts.

  31. Betty @ scrambled hen fruit

    Now I just have to figure out how to have leftover doughnuts- this may have to involve some subterfuge. 🙂 This looks soooo good!

  32. April@The 21st Century Housewife

    This is like, the best idea ever! What a fantastic way to use up day old donuts, and what a lovely indulgent treat, especially with the bourbon creme anglaise! I’ve bookmarked this – thank you so much for linking it up to Feed Me Tweet Me Follow Me Home Friday last week!

  33. Lillian

    This is what dreams are made of! Definitely makin this for my next special occasion when I have plenty of folks on hand to help me devour it!

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