Pumpkin Bread Pudding

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
4 eggs
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
whipped cream


Preheat the oven to 350°

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.

(may not look appealing now, but just wait!)

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.

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5 Replies to “Pumpkin Bread Pudding”

  1. Oh My! That looks amazing!
    Oh how I miss Terry’s.

  2. And, that was not a nice thing to do with the mentioning of your chocolate pecan bread pudding! Now we have to wait until Christmas!?!

  3. Marge Blevins says:

    The pumpkin bread pudding looks wonderful and I wish you were here this Thanksgiving so you could make it for us! Every single thing you made for your Thanksgiving looks amazing! We are hoping you will make the chocolate pecan bread pudding when you are here for Christmas.

  4. I wish we were there to make it too! I would love to make the chocolate pecan bread pudding for you, it is so delicious…

  5. We used your recipes and made an amazing Thanksgiving dinner. Everyone said it was the best one yet! Both potato recipes were delicious! Dad wants me to make the scalloped potatoes again at Christmas. The sweet potatoes were my favorite. Marty made the dressing and dad made his green bean casserole but he used fresh green beans so you would be proud of him. Loved the asparagus with the gorgonzola. Bea and I made the ginger pumpkin pie and we all loved the toasted coconut on top! Yum, yum, it didn’t last long. Wish you and David could have been here to enjoy it with us! Thanks for the recipes. Are you going to do some special recipes for Christmas dinner? Love you both!!! Mom

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