This Pumpkin Bread Pudding Recipe is an easy and delicious dish perfect to welcome in the fall season! Tender bread, baked perfectly, and full of delicious pumpkin flavor!
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Fall is here and it’s time for all things pumpkin! I’ve always been a fan of bread pudding and thought it would be perfect to come up with a tasty pumpkin inspired dish.
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Now on to this recipe for pumpkin bread pudding!
How to make Pumpkin Bread Pudding:
- Cube your bread and set in a large bowl
- In a separate bowl combine all the other ingredients the pour over cubed bread.
- Place bread and any extra liquid into a greased baking dish
- Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes. Then remove foil and continue baking for another 15-20 minutes or until done.
- When done allow dish to cool for about 20 minutes then serve, top with whipped cream, caramel, toasted pecans, and a sprinkle of cinnamon!
How to make bread stale for bread pudding?
Often, I don’t have time to let my bread get stale so I have a work around.
Preheat oven to 275°F. Cube your bread and place on a rimmed baking sheet. Place bread in the oven until dried out- 15-20 minutes. Make sure to check the bread several times to make sure it doesn’t start to brown.
Remove from oven and use in the recipe.
Why use sourdough bread for Bread Pudding? Can I use French bread or Challah?
I use sourdough for several reasons. First, I love the taste that it adds to bread pudding (or anything for that matter!).
Secondly it holds up well and is quite robust after being covered in liquid then baked. T o me it is perfect for bread pudding.
That being said you can use French bread or Challah bread for this recipe as well. It will still be absolutely delicious.
Just make sure whatever bread you use is dried out/ stale.
Why did my bread pudding come out soggy?
Usually soggy bread pudding is a result of either using bread that wasn’t dried out, too much liquid, or not cooking the dish enough.
What is bread pudding supposed to look like when it’s done?
If a knife stuck in the middle comes out with liquid on it after the full 50 minutes, I recommend covering it with foil and baking it another 10 minutes and then checking it again.
Then repeat for 5 minutes at a time until it's cooked through.
If you have a thermometer, you want the internal temperature to be 160°F. I love using my Thermoworks thermometer for things like this! (affiliate)
The last thing anyone wants is a soggy mushy bread mess.
How to make you own pie spice:
If you don’t have pie spice just make your own!
To make your own combine 4 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 2 teaspoon ground ginger, 1 teaspoon ground cloves, and ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg. Then use some of this mixture for this recipe and save the remaining spice mix in a sealed jar for other recipes
Favorite toppings for this tasty breading pudding:
- Caramel Sauce
- Whipped Cream
- Chopped nuts
If you like this recipe make sure to check out some other fall favorites like:
- Easy Sticky Buns
- Sweet Potato Cupcakes
- Brown Sugar Buttercream
- Apple Streusel Pie
- White Chocolate Cheesecake
Watch how to make this recipe!
Pumpkin Bread Pudding Recipe
- 1 large loaf of Sourdough Bread* 16 oz, left out for a day to get stale
- 1 can pumpkin puree 15 oz
- ½ cup brown sugar
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- 3 large eggs
- 2 large egg yolks
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 3 teaspoon pie spice
- 2 teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup whole milk
- 1 ½ cups heavy cream
- Whipped Cream
- Caramel Sauce
- Toasted Pecans
- Preheat oven to 350°F and grease a deep 9x9 or similar sized baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
- Cube your bread in to 1-inch cubes and set aside. If it’s not stale see notes below. *1 large loaf of Sourdough Bread*
- In a large mixing bowl combine pumpkin puree, brown sugar, white sugar, eggs, yolks, vanilla, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, and salt.1 can pumpkin puree, ½ cup brown sugar, ½ cup granulated sugar, 3 large eggs, 2 large egg yolks, 1 teaspoon vanilla, 3 teaspoon pie spice, 2 teaspoon cinnamon, ¼ teaspoon salt
- Stir in milk and heavy cream until fully incorporated.1 cup whole milk, 1 ½ cups heavy cream
- Pour over bread making sure all the bread is coated. You might need to use a larger bowl to toss all the bread in and then place the bread pieces in the prepared baking dish.
- Bake for 45-50 minutes. Cover the dish with foil and 15 minutes before done remove. This will help keep the top from browning. The bread pudding is done when a knife inserted into the middle comes out clean. Once done allow to cool for ~20 minutes.
- Top with caramel, whipped cream, toasted pecans, and sprinkle with cinnamon. Enjoy!Whipped Cream, Caramel Sauce, Toasted Pecans, Cinnamon
Tips and Tricks*You can use French or Challah Bread if you don’t have Sourdough. The key is to make sure the bread is stale. *Often, I don’t have time to let my bread get stale so I have a work around. Preheat oven to 275°F. Cube your bread and place on a rimmed baking sheet. Place bread in the oven until dried out- 15-20 minutes. Make sure to check the bread to make sure it doesn’t start to brown. *Depending on the size of your dish you may only need 14 oz of cubed bread. I like to make sure the dish is completely full. Anything less or more than 14-16 oz of bread may require less or more of the pudding liquid, just a heads up. *The foil is put over the dish prevent the top from burning. Some edges might still turn a little dark but it shouldn’t affect the dish. *If you don’t have pie spice just make your own! To make your own combine 4 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 2 teaspoon ground ginger, 1 teaspoon ground cloves, and ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg. Then use 1 tbs of this mixture for the bread pudding. Save the remaining spice mix in a sealed jar for other recipes (like pumpkin pie, pumpkin cupcakes, chocolate pumpkin pie, pumpkin bread, and sweet potato pie).
This post was updated on 12/20/21