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Spiced Pear Bread Pudding with Butterscotch Sauce

Spiced Pear Bread Pudding with Butterscotch Sauce. An indulgently satisfying version of this comfort food dessert classic.

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Spiced Pear Bread Pudding with homemade butterscotch sauce!

Originally published Jan 2013.

Spouse loves her bread pudding…and I mean LOVES her bread pudding. She thinks it is the best thing that it is possible to eat.

Freshly picked green Bartlett pears on display at the farmer's market

We like Bartlett pears for this recipe but use your own favourite if you prefer.

Pears are also her favourite fruit and there were some ripening on the counter. So, I decided while she was still in bed this morning to invent this version of her favourite dessert to have at Sunday brunch.

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Spiced Pear Bread Pudding with homemade butterscotch sauce!

We never actually got to the brunch part, just the dessert because she insisted I bake it right away when she got up. She ate two pieces of this by 8 AM!!

I think she’s already planning the extra gym visits this week! 😉

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Yield: 12 servings

Spiced Pear Bread Pudding with Butterscotch Sauce

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Spiced Pear Bread Pudding with Butterscotch Sauce is an indulgently satisfying version of this comfort food dessert classic; made even more decadent with a decadent drizzle of easy butterscotch sauce


  • 5 cups bread cubes, Use any good quality bread. I’ve used Brioche here but French, Italian or Belgian bread is good too.
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp freshly grated nutmeg
  • 3 medium size pears cut in large cubes
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • Pinch salt

For the Butterscotch Sauce

  • 1 cup firm packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 2/3 cup whipping cream
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp honey, or corn syrup


  1. Grease an 8x8 inch baking dish well.
  2. Toss in ½ the bread cubes in an even layer. Sprinkle the bread cubes with the cinnamon, nutmeg and diced pears.
  3. Repeat the layer with the remaining bread cubes, and the same amount of cinnamon and nutmeg.
  4. Whisk together the cream, milk, egg yolk, eggs, white sugar, brown sugar, vanilla and salt until the sugar is dissolved.
  5. Pour the mixture evenly over the bread cubes, pressing down slightly to make sure all the cubes are soaked. Let stand for about a half hour or covered in the fridge overnight if you are having it for brunch.
  6. Bake in a 350 degree oven for about 45-50 minutes until the custard is set and no longer liquid in the center. Let the bread pudding stand for about 20 minutes before serving. Serve with Butterscotch Sauce.

For the Butterscotch Sauce

  1. Boil all of the ingredients for the sauce together gently for about 5-6 minutes in a medium sized pot. Watch it very carefully and only boil it gently or it will easily foam up over the edge of the pot.
  2. Make sure to allow this sauce to cool for 20 minutes or more before serving because it will be hot enough to burn,

Nutrition Information



Serving Size

1 serving

Amount Per Serving Calories 384Total Fat 20gSaturated Fat 12gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 7gCholesterol 114mgSodium 181mgCarbohydrates 48gFiber 2gSugar 35gProtein 5g

The nutritional information provided is automatically calculated by third party software and is meant as a guideline only. Exact accuracy is not guaranteed. For recipes where all ingredients may not be used entirely, such as those with coatings on meats, or with sauces or dressings for example, calorie & nutritional values per serving will likely be somewhat lower than indicated.

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Sunday 13th of January 2013

I made this today with Vanilla Spiced Pears I canned back in the summer. Delicious! Although I must say that your butterscotch sauce would make dry toast taste wonderful.

Mindy Walz

Tuesday 21st of April 2009

Nice article! I think so many people could use to read this. You should look at posting it on They have really good searching capabilities and you can link your page to their website. It's really easy to find similar articles and they have graphs so you can track how many people are reading and using your info.

Ms Dale

Monday 20th of April 2009

Wow, 2 recipes in a weekend -- both look yummy :-)


Sunday 19th of April 2009

More butterscotch! Please. :)

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