October 09, 2007

Pumpkin Bread Pudding Recipe

Pumpkin Bread Pudding

Move over, pumpkin pie, there's a new dessert on the table: pumpkin bread pudding. I think this sweet treat is the perfect ending (or beginning) to any fall day, just right for a dinner party or a brunch.

Why? Bread pudding is the paella of the dessert world: It gives leftovers new life. Throw in some old bread and almost any ol' spice from your cupboard and chances are it will turn out great (thanks to all the cream and sugary goodness).

Now, you can get more mileage out of those artisan loaves that entice at the bakery but turn hard after a day or so. If the bread gets super hard, use a rubber mallet to break it up (a great way to blow off some steam).

Read on for the recipe...

Pumpkin Bread Pudding

I used candied ginger in this recipe, but candied kumquats would also give your guests a little kick in the pants. Pumpkin pairs well with citrus, so a tablespoon of lemon juice or a teaspoon of lemon zest would really rev up the flavor.

  • 6 cups French bread, crusts removed, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 15-ounce can pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup candied ginger, finely chopped

Preheat oven to 350°. Arrange bread cubes in an 11x7-inch glass baking dish. Pour whipping cream and milk over, stirring to combine. Set aside. Whisk together eggs, pumpkin puree, sugar, spices, vanilla extract, and salt in a large bowl to blend. Pour over bread cubes and stir to combine. Mix in candied ginger. Bake for about 60 minutes or until set. Cut into six pieces and top with Cinnamon Whipped Cream.

Cinnamon Whipped Cream

  • 2 cups chilled whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon

Beat chilled cream, sugar and cinnamon until peaks form.

Posted by Grace on October 9, 2007 in Food and Drink

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Wow! That sounds fantastic! I'm going to try it out for Thanksgiving dessert.

I want a big plate of this right now. And I want it on this particular plate, actually. It's really pretty.

This looks amazing! I will definitely add this to my list of Thanksgiving desserts. Last year I made a pumpkin cheesecake from Cook's Illustrated that was also a big hit (and labor and time intensive). As much as I do love pumpkin pie, it is often hit or miss. I can't wait to try this.

I love bread pudding, and I love pumpkin this time of year. I'm gonna try it out. It sounds great!

That looks like the best breakfast in the world! I need a cup of coffee, KCRW, the NYTimes and a giant plate of your gorgeous bread pudding and my day is already a good one :)

Wow, sounds incredible! It will definately be part of my menu Thanksgiving day! Can anyone give me an idea of where I can find candied ginger?

Hey there Mike, you can find candied or crystallized ginger at Trader Joe's, Whole Foods, or online at www.penzeys.com.

I don't like pumpkin pie at all but I like pumpkin bread this sounds like a great alternative for me. Can't wait to make it!

I have been looking for a good dessert for my trick or treat party and this looks good. I can't wait to try my hand at it. Wish me luck!