You’ve got to try this Pumpkin Bread Pudding!
Do you love pumpkin bread? For me, no autumn is complete without the aroma of it baking in the oven. Well things may have changed slightly. I may need to update that statement to no autumn is complete without a big ol’ bowl of Pumpkin Bread Pudding. Folks… I am smitten! This is the stuff that Autumn dreams are made of! Pumpkin bread in a pumpkin custard means you still get to enjoy the smell of freshly baked pumpkin bread and you get that creamy pumpkin custard goodness!
One of the great things about this recipe, is that it can be made in stages (always nice when you’re juggling numerous other dishes, as you would when preparing something like Thanksgiving dinner). The pumpkin bread can be made up to 4 days in advance, just make sure you wrap it up well so it doesn’t dry out. Once you’re ready to actually make the bread pudding, it takes only minutes to throw together the ingredients for the pumpkin custard. Then just bake it for an hour – you can put it in the oven and let it bake while you sit down for dinner!
When you’re ready to serve, the addition of a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream is entirely up to you, but I think the combination of warm flavors from the pumpkin bread pudding and cool ice cream are just out of this world! This is certainly a fabulous way to end an amazing meal!
- Pumpkin Bread
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened, plus more to grease the pan
- 1¾ cups all-purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon Kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- ¼ teaspoon ground cardamon
- ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
- 1 cup sugar
- ½ cup brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- ¼ cup vegetable oil
- 1 cup canned pure pumpkin puree
- 2 large eggs
- Pumpkin Custard
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1 cup whole milk
- ½ cup sugar
- 5 large egg yolks
- ¼ cup canned pumpkin puree
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
- ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- confectioners sugar for dusting
- vanilla bean ice cream
- Preheat the oven to 350 F. Butter a 9-inch loaf pan.
- In a medium-sized bowl, sift together the flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamon, and cloves.
- In a standing mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the butter, sugar, brown sugar, vanilla, and vegetable oil on high speed for 1 minute, scrapping down the sides as needed.
- Add the pumpkin puree and mix well. Add the eggs, one at a time and mix until just combined.
- On low speed, slowly add the bowl of dry ingredients. Mix until just incorporated.
- Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Tap the pan several times on the counter to get rid of any air pockets.
- Bake for 1 hour to 1 hour and 10 minutes – test doneness by inserting a toothpick into the center, it should come out clean.
- Allow the bread to cool in the pan for 10 minutes undisturbed. Then remove from the pan and allow to cool completely.
- Once the bread is cool, slice half of the loaf into 1-inch cubes. Spread those cubes out on a large plate and allow to dry out uncovered overnight. You may wrap up the remaining half and enjoy as you please.
- When you're ready to make the pudding, preheat the oven to 300 degrees F.
- In a large sauce pan set over medium-high heat, add the cream, milk, and 2 tablespoons of the sugar. Bring to a gentle simmer and then turn off the heat (make sure it doesn't boil).
- Whisk together the egg yolks, pumpkin puree, vanilla extract, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and the remaining sugar. Slowly drizzle into the hot milk, while whisking to fully incorporate. Add the bread cubes and gently mix, being careful not to break apart the bread.
- Pour into a buttered 2-quart pan. Place that pan into a larger pan and pour hot water half way up the sides. Bake for 50 - 60 minutes, or until the custard is set. Serve hot or at room temperature, sprinkled with confectioners sugar and a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream. Enjoy!
* Recipe inspired by and Pumpkin Custard portion from Bobby Flay's, Pumpkin Bread Pudding
Fernando Alerts says
Delicious bread pudding. So yummy. Thanks for sharing.
It’s easy and delicious recipe. My kids will love this 🙂
Thanks, Vickie! I hope your kids enjoy 🙂
Emma Claire says
Aahhhh, I want to eat this now. I love pudding!!! Thank you for your sharing ^^!
Anu-My Ginger Garlic Kitchen says
You made pumpkin bread pudding??? Wow! Count me in, Kathleen. Bread puddings are one of my favorite desserts, but I’ve never seen anything like this pumpkin bread pudding! It’s so pretty festive. What a lovely idea! Happy Thanksgiving, Kathleen!
Meg | Meg is Well says
Oh wow, this is amazing! I have to admit it would be difficult for me to make pumpkin bread and not eat it right away but I think this would be worth it. I only recently tried bread pudding for the first time and loved it so can’t wait to try this!
Rachelle @ Beer Girl Cooks says
I love pumpkin and I am fairly certain that I could eat that whole bowl myself! I’ll take some of that vanilla bean ice cream with mine too, please!
Marissa (@pinchandswirl) says
And here I sit, drooling on my keyboard..again. I love pumpkin bread, but have never made it myself. Ridiculous, I know. And then you go and make bread pudding out of it…love this idea. I’d love it for breakfast too – maybe with a big dollop of vanilla or maple yogurt. You know, so I could call it ‘breakfast’. 😉
I am so all over this…. love pumpkin bread & love custard. Thanks for passing this along, my family will love it. Gonna try it out this weekend.
I can only imagine how satisfying and comforting this dessert is, until I make it 🙂
Helen @ Scrummy Lane says
This is an incredible idea, Kathleen. I SO wish we could buy canned pumpkin over here in the UK – I’d make pumpkin things ALL THE TIME!
This looks so good though it’s definitely worth ‘manually’ cooking pumpkin for!
Mary Ann @ thebeachhousekitchen says
I can totally smell this baking now Kathleen! Bread pudding is one of my favorite desserts! Can’t wait to try your recipe!
You had me at pumpkin custard. For reals. This dessert is what my dreams are made of…actually I’d eat this for breakfast and lunch too. heeheehee Seriously, love this recipe and your pics are as beautiful as always!
Beeta Hashempour says
This looks phenomenal, Kathleen! I am all about the fall baking too! 🙂 I can just imagine how heavenly the home will smell with this in the oven! <3
I’m making this tonight. All of it. Really. 🙂
Yay! I’m a bit embarrassed to admit this, but I just finished off the entire dish today… and I’m the only one home this week 😛
Miriam @londonkitchendiaries says
Bread puddings are one of my favourite desserts – never had a pumpkin bread pudding! What a genius idea! My kind of dessert!
Bam's Kitchen says
Now this is some major comfort food! I definitely need to put my eating pants on this Thanksgiving if you are serving this for dessert too! I hope you are doing well, little mama! Just pinned!
I am a huge fan of bread pudding and pumpkin bread is a favorite ’round these parts, so this will be very popular in my house! Thanks for sharing such a wonderful recipe! Pinned!
Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary says
Oh my gawsh, I can almost smell this through my computer screen, Kathleen! Seriously, this bread pudding looks EPIC! Boy and I are going out to eat for Thanksgiving, but I’m thinking of making a dessert for us to nosh on once we get home an into our comfy clothes. And I’m thinking this would be PERFECT! Pinned!! Cheers!
Karen @ Seasonal Cravings says
I love this comforting fall dish that is easy enough to make but is still show stopping!