Recipe courtesy of Susan Vu

Coconut Bread Pudding with Caramel Rum Sauce

This decadent bread pudding can be served warm shortly after baking, or made a day ahead and served cold. Either way, make sure to serve it drizzled with the caramel rum sauce, which is made extra creamy with the addition of coconut milk.
  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 2 hr 50 min
  • Prep: 20 min
  • Inactive: 1 hr
  • Cook: 1 hr 30 min
  • Yield: 10 to 12 servings
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Coconut Bread Pudding: 

1 tablespoon unsalted butter, at room temperature

2 baguettes, crusts trimmed, cut into 1-inch cubes (about 10 cups)

Two 14-ounce cans unsweetened coconut milk, well-shaken

2 cups whole milk

3/4 cup sugar

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

4 large eggs, at room temperature

1 1/2 cups sweetened shredded coconut, toasted

Caramel Rum Sauce:

3/4 cup sugar

3/4 cup canned unsweetened coconut milk

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1/4 cup dark rum

2 tablespoons unsalted butter


  1. 1. For the coconut bread pudding: Position an oven rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 350 degrees F. Evenly coat the inside of a 13- by 9- by 2-inch baking dish with the butter.
  2. 2. Divide the bread cubes between 2 baking sheets and bake until just starting to brown lightly, 10 to 12 minutes. Set aside to cool.
  3. 3. Whisk together the coconut milk, whole milk, sugar, kosher salt and eggs in a large mixing bowl. Add the cooled bread cubes and 1 cup of the shredded coconut and stir to combine. Pour the mixture into the baking dish, lightly pressing down with a wooden spoon or spatula so that it is evenly flat. Cover with plastic wrap and allow to sit at room temperature for 30 minutes.
  4. 4. Remove the plastic wrap and place the baking dish in a larger roasting pan. Carefully pour hot water into the roasting pan until it comes one-quarter of the way up the sides of the baking dish. Make sure that no water gets onto the bread pudding. Bake until the center is set and the top is light golden brown, about 1 hour. Remove from the oven and let rest in the roasting pan for 30 minutes.
  5. 5. For the caramel rum sauce: While the bread pudding is resting, combine the sugar and 1/4 cup of hot water in a medium saucepan and cook over medium-high heat until the sugar has dissolved, 1 to 2 minutes. Continue to cook until the mixture has thickened and turned a rich amber color, 4 to 6 additional minutes, swirling the pan occasionally but never stirring. Remove from the heat and add the coconut milk and salt. Return the pan to medium heat and stir with a wooden spoon until the caramel has thickened and coats the back of the spoon, 6 to 8 minutes. Turn off the heat and stir in the dark rum and butter.
  6. 6. Remove the baking dish with the bread pudding from the roasting pan. Top with the remaining 1/2 cup toasted coconut.
  7. 7. To serve, spoon the bread pudding into individual plates or bowls and top with a generous helping of caramel rum sauce.