Can't vouch for the sauce but the pudding recipe works. The best bread to use is a little stale.
* 1 pound French style bread (the firmer the better)
* 3 1/4 cups milk
* 3 eggs
* 2 teaspoons vanilla
* 3/4 cup granulated sugar
* 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
* 1/4 cup pecans
* 1/4 cup raisins (optional)
* Bourbon Sauce, recipe follows
Tear bread into medium pieces. Add sugar and cinnamon. Mix milk, lightly beaten eggs, and vanilla. Add to bread mixture. Place 1/2 mix in casserole. Layer pecans and raisins, if used. Top with the rest of the mix.
Bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until lightly brown. Serve warm with Bourbon sauce (below).
1 cup granulated sugar
6 tablespoons butter, melted
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 tablespoon (or more!) Bourbon
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon white corn syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla
In a sauce pan mix all ingredients. Bring to a boil for 1 minute. Serve warm.