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A slice of pumpkin bread pudding with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce
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Pumpkin Bread Pudding

This pumpkin bread pudding is an easy fall dessert that marries all the delicious flavors of the best pumpkin desserts with bread pudding. It's so luscious!
Course Bread
Cuisine American
Keyword bread, bread pudding, fall recipes, pumpkin bread, Thanksgiving
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 16 slices
Calories 242kcal
Author Kathleen

Ingredients

  • 2 cups half and half
  • 1 (15-ounce) can pure pumpkin
  • 1 cup, plus 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar packed
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 10 cups, (about 10 ounces) 1 1/2" brioche cubes crust removed
  • 1/2 cup golden raisins
  • caramel sauce
  • whipped cream or vanilla ice cream
  • 1/2 cup toasted pecans, chopped

Instructions

  • Prep. Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray an 11x7 inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray; set aside.
  • Combine. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together half-and-half (2 cups), pumpkin (1 (15-ounce can)), brown sugar (1 cup, plus 2 tablespoons), eggs (2), pumpkin pie spice (1 1/2 teaspoons), cinnamon (1 1/2 teaspoons), nutmeg (1/4 teaspoon), and vanilla (2 teaspoons) until evenly combined. Fold in bread cubes (10 cups). Stir in raisins (1/2 cup).
  • Bake. Transfer mixture to prepared baking dish. Allow to sit for 15 minutes. Place in preheated oven and bake until a tester inserted into the center comes out clean, about 40 minutes.
  • Enjoy! Let cool for a few minutes then cut and serve with caramel sauce, pecans, and sweetened whipped cream or ice cream.

Notes

  1. Half-and-Half: This is a simple mixture of half milk and half cream.
  2. Canned Pure Pumpkin: Make sure you grab a pure pumpkin and not pumpkin pie filling. The latter contains sweetener and spices. This recipe is written for just the pure pumpkin and it also includes sweetener and warm fall spices.
  3. Eggs: When baking it's best to use room temperature eggs.
  4. Vanilla: I always bake with pure vanilla extract vs. imitation vanilla. The flavor of imitation vanilla just doesn't stand up to pure vanilla.
  5. Brioche: This is a slightly sweet, very rich yeast bread. This pumpkin bread pudding with brioche is made very rich by the addition of high-fat ingredients such as plenty of eggs, milk, and butter.
  6. Raisins: Who knew raisins in bread pudding could, and often is, controversial. My hubby and I love all bread puddings with raisins but other family members revolts at the site of raisins. So, they're obviously optional!
  7. Caramel Sauce: Try this with my easy homemade caramel sauce or if you're short on time, use commercial caramel sauce.

Nutrition

Serving: 1slice | Calories: 242kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 34mg | Sodium: 209mg | Potassium: 234mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 4281IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 110mg | Iron: 2mg