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Pumpkin Bread Pudding

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Put the perfect fall spin on a classic dish by turning regular bread pudding into Pumpkin Bread Pudding! Warm, deliciously spiced, and packed with your favorite pumpkin flavor, this amped up dessert is taken to a new level of baked goodness. Great for parties, potlucks, family gatherings, or any occasion you may want to treat yourself!

Slice of pumpkin bread pudding topped with caramel sauce.

Pumpkin Bread Pudding

Why bake up a batch of regular bread pudding when you can make a pumpkin flavored version instead? Everything is better with a little pumpkin spice after all! Add in chopped pecans and a decadent caramel drizzle and you’ve got a fall flavored dessert that’s ready to warm your kitchen and stomach as the weather gets cooler and those sweaters get thicker.

Don’t get me wrong, we love our Caramel Bread Pudding and always make Eggnog Bread Pudding around the holidays. This Pumpkin Bread Pudding is one of our favorites, especially during the Fall and for a non-traditional Thanksgiving dessert.

Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream (or maybe even butter pecan?) for dessert. Or have a serving with your morning coffee to really start your day off right!

Key Ingredients

  • loaf of white bread: Each piece of bread should be cut into 1-inch cubes then laid out to dry overnight
  • eggs: You’ll need 7 for this recipe.
  • milk: Whole milk is recommended.
  • pumpkin puree: Be sure not to use pumpkin pie filling.
  • sugar: White, granulated.
  • pecans: Chopped, but these are optional.
  • light brown sugar: For that warm, caramelized flavor.
  • butter: Melted then cooled.
  • vanilla extract: Can you bake without vanilla extract? It’s the perfect addition.
  • pumpkin pie spice: You could also substitute cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg, or allspice if you don’t have pumpkin pie spice on hand.
  • salt: Just a pinch.
  • caramel sauce: We like to use our homemade caramel sauce for this recipe, but a jar of store bought works great too!

How To Make Pumpkin Bread Pudding

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F and grease a 9×13-inch or 11×7-inch casserole dish.
  2. Add the bread pieces to the casserole dish.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, granulated sugar, pumpkin puree, pecans, brown sugar, butter, vanilla, pumpkin pie spice, and salt. Pour it evenly over the bread ensuring that all of it gets covered and is able to soak. Don’t add too much liquid that the bread becomes completely soggy. Cover the dish with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  4. Remove from the refrigerator and uncover. Bake the bread pudding for 35 to 40 minutes or until it springs back when pushed in the center.
  5. Serve the pumpkin bread pudding with a warm caramel drizzle on top and enjoy!
Collage showing how to make pumpkin bread pudding.

Tips and Variations

  • Make sure your bread has had time to dry out (or use bread that’s beginning to go stale) before letting the liquid soak into it. You can pre bake the bread to pull any moisture out. If bread isn’t dry or too much liquid is added, the bread pudding will end up soggy and mushy after baking.
  • Add in chocolate or white chocolate chips for a rich, sweet burst of flavor. 
  • Make sure you grab pumpkin puree NOT pumpkin pie filling. Pie filling already has spices and sugar added and won’t work for this recipe.
  • Half and half or heavy cream can be used instead of whole milk.
Spoon drizzling caramel sauce on bread pudding.

Can I use bread out of the package?

Nope, not straight out of the package. We like to use very dry bread that has the texture of croutons. There’s a lot of liquid in this recipe, so the bread should be well dried out in order to soak up all that liquid.

If needed, place the cubed bread on a baking sheet and bake it on 350°F for 15-20 minutes until dry and crunchy.

Can pumpkin bread pudding be made ahead?

Yes, this bread pudding can be made ahead. It’s actually best to prepare the bread pudding a little ahead of time so the bread has time to soak up all the liquid. It’s fine to make it several hours ahead or even the night before, cover, and set it in the fridge until to bake.

How to Store Pumpkin Bread Pudding

Refrigerator: Store any leftover Pumpkin Bread Pudding in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to five days.

Freezer: Let the bread pudding cool completely, then wrap in several layers of plastic wrap followed by a layer of aluminum foil. The bread pudding will stay good in the freezer for about 2 months. To thaw, place in the refrigerator overnight before reheating in the oven.

Reheating: To reheat, simply heat in the microwave or oven until warmed through.

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Top down view of pumpkin bread pudding with caramel on a serving dish.

Pumpkin Bread Pudding

Yield: About 12 Cups
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Rest Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes

Put the perfect fall spin on a classic dish by turning regular bread pudding into Pumpkin Bread Pudding! Warm, deliciously spiced, and packed with your favorite pumpkin flavor, this amped up dessert is taken to a new level of baked goodness.

Ingredients

Bread Pudding

  • 20-ounce loaf white bread, (each piece of bread cut into 1-inch cubes then laid out to dry overnight)
  • 7 eggs
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup pecans, chopped (optional)
  • ¼ cup light brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted then cooled
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup caramel sauce (homemade or store bought)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F, and grease a 9x13-inch or 11x7-inch casserole dish.
  2. Add the bread to the casserole dish and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, granulated sugar, pumpkin, pecans, brown sugar, butter, vanilla, pumpkin pie spice, and salt. Pour it evenly over the bread ensuring that all of it gets soaked. Stir if necessary to combine the ingredients.
  4. Cover the dish with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  5. After 30 minutes, uncover, and bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until it springs back when pushed in the center. A knife inserted in the center should come out mostly clean.
  6. Serve the bread pudding with a warm caramel drizzle on top.
  7. See post for storage options.

Notes

*The calories listed are an approximation based on the ingredients in the recipe card and a serving size of 1 cup of bread pudding with caramel sauce. Actual calories will vary.

*For more information, tips, and answers to frequently asked questions, please refer to the post.

*Ovens and pan types vary, so bake times may also vary. Adjust accordingly.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 393Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 122mgSodium: 506mgCarbohydrates: 61gFiber: 2gSugar: 39gProtein: 11g

*The calories are an estimate and are based on the ingredients and serving size listed. The calories can vary depending on the brand of product purchased.

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