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Copycat Famous Dave's™ Bread Pudding with Praline Sauce

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  • Prep 10 min
  • Total 60 min
  • Servings 10
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Home-style bread pudding with warm praline sauce, just like the original! Serve with vanilla ice cream and whipped topping for an authentically delicious experience that’ll be devoured before you know it.
by: TBSP Kitchens
Updated May 9, 2019
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  • 1 loaf cinnamon swirl bread
  • 2/3 cup golden raisins
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon


  • 1 cup unsalted butter (cubed)
  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 3 cups light brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 1/4 cups sour cream
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

To Serve

  • Vanilla ice cream
  • Whipped cream


  • 1
    Preheat oven to 325º. Coat the bottom and sides of a 13x9 baking dish heavily with butter. Tear cinnamon bread into 1-inch pieces. Mix with raisins and spread evenly in the prepared baking dish, turning bread crust-side down to prevent burning.
  • 2
    In a bowl, whisk together milk, heavy whipping cream, sugar, vanilla, eggs and cinnamon until blended. Pour over the bread mixture, soaking the bread thoroughly.
  • 3
    Bake for 1 hour, or until the pudding has firmed.
  • 4
    To make the praline sauce, heat ½ cup of butter in a large saucepan until melted. Use a large saucepan, as the mixture will foam. Add pecans to melted butter and mix well. Bring to a boil. Boil until the pecans begin to change color. Add the remaining butter and mix well, then remove from heat. In a second saucepan, combine the brown sugar, heavy whipping cream and cinnamon, and mix well. Cook over low heat until the mixture has blended, stirring constantly. Increase the heat, and continue stirring. Cook until the temperature reaches 230º (use a candy thermometer). Stir in the pecan mixture. Add the sour cream and vanilla, and mix well. Remove from heat.
  • 5
    Serve bread pudding topped in warm praline sauce with a scoop of vanilla ice cream next to the pudding, and a dollop of whipped cream, if desired.

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More About This Recipe

  • Traditionally, bread pudding is served as a dessert and is made with white bread that’s a few days old. Clearly, there’s nothing stale about Famous Dave's™ bread pudding recipe though. Bread pudding lovers, people who thought they didn’t like bread pudding and those who don’t even know what the heck bread pudding is tend to go gaga over the notorious and nostalgic dessert. Our riff on the sought-after restaurant version begins with swirled cinnamon bread that gets soaked in an easy, sweet-cream custard and finished with a buttery, nutty praline sauce. Like Famous Dave’s, this bread pudding comes out crunchy on the outside, and soft and creamy on the inside. As ice cream improves everything, this dish tastes incredible served alongside a dollop of ice cream or topped with whipped cream, as do many of our other drool-worthy desserts.
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