After making this, David and I have decided that this needs to be a staple at our holiday meals. Well, Thanksgiving anyway. The chocolate pecan bread pudding has the special place of honor at Christmas. (ooh, just wait.) Back to the pumpkin bread pudding, it has the flavors of traditional pumpkin pie taken up a notch. The texture is comforting and the flavors will make you happy. See ya later, pumpkin pie!
adapted from: Peace Meals
1 loaf brioche or challah bread, cubed
1 qt heavy whipping cream
2 cup sugar
2 (15 oz) cans pumpkin puree
1 ½ tsp cinnamon
1 ½ tsp ground allspice
1 ½ tsp ground ginger
¼ tsp salt
toasted & chopped pecans
Lightly butter a 9 x 13 inch baking dish and set aside. Place the bread cubes on a rimmed sheet and toast until golden brown; set aside. (You will most likely have to do this in 2 batches.) In a large bowl, mix together the eggs, cream, sugar, pumpkin, and spices. Slowly add the toasted bread cubes, allowing them to absorb the liquid. Make sure not to stir the bread into mush.
When the bread is saturated, place the mixture into the prepared baking dish. Cover with foil and bake for 25 minutes. Uncover and bake for an additional 25-35 minutes, or until the top is crisp and lightly browned. Scoop into dishes and top with a dollop of whipped cream, and a sprinkling of toasted pecans and cinnamon.
If you’ve never had the pleasure of eating challah or brioche you are in for a treat. Here is a little bit about them;
Challah is a traditional Jewish yeast bread. It is rich with eggs and has a light, airy texture. Braided challah is the most classic form. It’s perfect for bread pudding and makes a delicious French toast. It is what I used in the bread pudding this time.
Brioche is a French yeast bread that is rich with butter and eggs. The traditional shape of brioche has a fluted base and a jaunty topknot. It also comes in the form of buns. Ever had a juicy burger on a brioche bun? Yes? Then you’ve tasted burger nirvana. No? Best put it on your culinary bucket list. Cincinnati readers get yourself to Terry’s Turf Club if you haven’t been already.