For bread pudding: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Place the bread in a large bowl. Grease a 9 by 13-inch casserole dish (or you can use a 5x9-inch loaf pan, like I did) with the tablespoon of butter and set aside.
Combine the heavy cream, milk, eggs, brown sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, and raisins in a large bowl. Whisk to mix. Pour the cream mixture over the bread, and stir to combine. Allow the mixture to sit at room temperature for 30 to 45 minutes.
Transfer the bread mixture to the casserole dish and bake until the center of the bread pudding is set, 40 to 45 minutes.
To make the whiskey sauce: in a 1-quart saucepan set over medium heat, combine the cream, milk, and sugar.
Place the cornstarch and 1/4 cup of the bourbon in a small mixing bowl and whisk to blend and make a slurry. Pour the slurry into the cream mixture and bring to a boil. Once the sauce begins to boil, reduce the heat to a gentle simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes. Remove the sauce from the heat, add the salt, and stir in the butter and the remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons of bourbon. Serve warm.
Divide the bread pudding between bowls, drizzle with whiskey cream sauce and serve with a scoop of ice cream, if you like.