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Jack Daniels Bread Pudding from The County Line in Austin

The County Line in Austin
The County Line in Austin

The County Line BBQ - Best Barbecue and Bread Pudding!
bread pudding on a plate
Bread pudding with Jack Daniel's Sauce

The County Line Bar B Que restaurant on Ranch Road 2222, Austin, Texas Photo by L.A.Cargill 2010

The best bread pudding in the world!

The County Line Bar B Que restaurant on Lake Austin is world famous. There is no finer eating anywhere else in the city, except maybe Franklin's BBQ downtown. Or The Salt Lick place in Driftwood and in Round Rock, TX. Then there's a place called Black's and well, the list goes on.

Yea, there's a glut of barbecue here in Texas and in the Capitol City there may be four or five of the best eating establishments anywhere in the world! It ain't braggin if it's true! How do you think Texans got to be so dang big? The cattle have longer horns than the government has arms! Truth not fiction.

Oh yes, back to the Jack Daniels Bread Pudding. We started eating this stuff back in 1995 and I don't think they have changed the recipe. They better not change a thing, because hands down, this is the best dessert in the Western hemisphere and quite probably the entire world! Once you have eaten The County Line's Jack Daniel's Bread Pudding, you will never want another dessert in your cotton pickin' life! Who wants to argue with me about that?

Although it's not truly my recipe, I have changed the amounts to a more reasonable 50 gazillion calories and now it fits into a home sized baking dish, not the restaurant size pan. If you want to make it for a crowd, the original recipe is here (under recipes). They call it Mom's Bread Pudding. She must have been a wonderful cook!

Mom's County Line Bread Pudding Recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs coarsely chopped bread (Texas Toast works well)
  • 1/2 t. Ground Cloves
  • 1/2 t. Ground Nutmeg
  • 2 t. Ground Cinnamon
  • 1 cup tightly packed brown sugar
  • 1/8 lb. (2-3 T.) real butter, melted
  • 8-10 eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 quart Half & Half
  • 1/2 quart heavy whipping cream
  • 1 T. bourbon or Mexican vanilla extract (get the real stuff)
  • 1/4 c. real Jack Daniel's Bourbon (I say black Jack, but green label may work)
  • 1 c. raisins

Procedure:

Pre-heat the oven to 325 degrees, F. Put bread cubes into a large container and allow to dry while whipping up the 'pudding'.

Combine the brown sugar, cloves, nutmeg and cinnamon in another large container. Mix well until blended.

Add the eggs, melted butter, half and half, heavy whip cream, vanilla and Jack Daniels to the brown sugar mix. Mix with a wire whip until well blended.

Pour the egg mixture over the bread cubes and mix gently. Add the raisins and mix them in.

Spray a 13 X 9 X 2 inch glass baking pan with buttery flavor non-stick spray. Pour the bread mixture into the pan and jiggle the pan to settle the bread. The top will be jagged. Don't worry about that.

Place the pan into the 325 degree oven and bake for 40 to 50 minutes until a toothpick can be stuck in and pulled out of the middle of the pudding clean and moist.

Do not overcook. Ovens vary in their cooking time, so watch the time carefully

Mom's Bread Pudding Bourbon Sauce

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. butter
  • 1 lb brown sugar
  • 1 cup heavy whip cream
  • 2T. to 1/4 c. Jack Daniels Bourbon

Procedure:

Melt the butter in a heavy pan on the stove top at a medium setting (do not burn the butter!). Add the brown sugar a little at a time until mixed. Whisk constantly until the sugar is dissolved and the mixture is smooth and almost to the point of simmering. Don't boil the sauce! It will crystallize.

Slowly add the heavy whipping cream while continuing to stir. Blend well and immediately remove from heat.

Add the Jack Daniels Bourbon and mix well.

Serve the sauce over the Bread Pudding and go to dessert heaven! If you want even more calories, add a scoop of vanilla ice cream! You can get all of your daily allotment of calories in this one dessert!

Enjoy!

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