Pumpkin Bread Pudding

Breakfast, Desserts

Yesterday, while cooking, I added some pepper to a bowl and sneezed. My friend Cassie, who was over at the time, paused and said, “Man, you make a very “interesting” face the moment just before you sneeze.” I’m pretty sure what she meant by “interesting” was “ugly.” So I started to think to myself, Are there other times when I look “interesting”? There must be!

Like, when I’m sleeping and my face just settles into dreamland, do I look unattractive? When I’m washing the dishes, in my own world, pondering what human name I’m going to give my future dog, does my face look unattractive?

And when I cry, do I have an ugly cry face like Kim Kardashian? (This, by far, is my favorite Kim K. moment. Actually, it’s more of Kourtney’s moment. I mean, the way Kourtney laughs at her? Incredible.) If Kim K. is the ugliest crier around, I’d like to nominate the prettiest. That award goes to Demi Moore in Ghost (skip to 1:39). Like, her eyes well up so perfectly, just the right amount of tears, before they overflow and fall so beautifully. Let’s all aspire to cry like that. UGH!

Anyway, surely the moment before sneezing can’t be the only ugly face I unknowingly make. When do you make your “interesting” face? It’s okay, don’t worry, we can’t look cute all the time.

Speaking of unattractive! This bread pudding. Bread pudding is bread pudding. It’s definitely not what I consider “pretty food.” When I pulled it out of the oven I took a look at it and was like, well let’s hope it tastes good. It did. OMG it did.

Bread pudding is incredibly simple. This one is pretty simple stuff, too.

You start by mixing together pumpkin puree, milk, cream, sugar and a little salt.

Throw in some spices.

Cube up some bread.

P.S. I used a French loaf because I couldn’t find challah nor brioche. If you do end up using either of those, I’d skip the butter in the recipe below. That’d be too much butter. How dare you! It’s true; balance, people!

Toss the bread with the pumpkin/milk/spice mixture. And try not to drink it. I wanted to.

Bake until it’s all set.

And serve. Add ice cream. Add whipped cream. Oh gosh. Maybe have it for breakfast? Why not.

Want some variations on this pumpkin bread pudding? Add bourbon. Oh gosh, do THAT! Add chocolate. YES!

Have a good weekend! I like you.

Pumpkin Bread Pudding

Print this recipe!

1 cup heavy cream
2/3 cup canned solid-packed pumpkin
1/4 cup whole milk
1/2 cup sugar
2 large eggs, plus 1 egg yolk
1/4 teaspoons salt
1 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
5 cups cubed (1-inch) French loaf
3/4 cup unsalted butter, melted

1. Preheat oven to 350F with rack in middle.

2. Whisk together cream, pumpkin, milk, sugar, eggs, salt and spices

3. Toss bread cubes with butter in another bowl, then add pumpkin mixture and toss to coat. Transfer to an 8-inch square baking dish and bake until custard is set, about 30 minutes.

Adapted from Gourmet Magazine

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  • Reply Sarah October 4, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    We’ve been having a heat wave in Northern California, but tonight finally coiled down a little. I made this recipe so I could feel in the mood for fall. After it came out of oven, I drizzled real maple syrup on top (then put on the whipped cream). Carb and sugar heaven!

  • Reply Amy September 24, 2012 at 7:39 pm

    First thing I thought of was adding some browned ground sausage and making a savory brunch item. I would probably still add a dose of bourbon too…. πŸ™‚ Thanks for the great recipe!

    • Reply Adrianna September 24, 2012 at 10:13 pm

      Whoa. Okay. Go to town! And then report back. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Ephraner September 24, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    This recipe looks incredible! Cannot wait to try it, thanks a bunch πŸ™‚


  • Reply Liz @ Tip Top Shape September 24, 2012 at 10:29 am

    I love this! Looks amazing!!!

  • Reply Nicole : Hourglass&Bloom September 24, 2012 at 8:49 am

    I licked the screen. Sorry I’m not sorry.


  • Reply Laura September 23, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    I don’t like bread pudding. Except pumpkin bread pudding. That I love. This looks awesome and yes by all means for breakfast!

  • Reply Terri A. September 23, 2012 at 8:51 am

    This looks delicious! I was looking for a dessert to make for tomorrow, this is now on the menu!

  • Reply dervla @ The Curator September 21, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    Oh my gosh, bread pudding is one of my favorite desserts. So unassuming but so so good and comforting. Sometimes when i’m thinking deeply I’ll get a crease in the middle of my forehead and I hate it.

  • Reply Brittany September 21, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    I read in an interview once that Demi Moore was cast for that part because she can cry on cue out of whichever eye they needed her to. No joke.

  • Reply Emily September 21, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    So I see this casserole dish EVERYWHERE (and by everywhere I mean on a blog occasionally and always in Everyday Food). Could you pretty pretty please tell me who it’s by?!?

    • Reply Adrianna September 22, 2012 at 3:04 pm

      Yes! It’s by a company called Dansk. A company from the 70s, you can find vintage casserole dishes, dutch ovens and over dishes and housewares from them on Ebay or Etsy. They’re not expensive either. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Christina September 21, 2012 at 11:39 am

    I make this awful face when I’m deep in thought sometimes. Like one time my boyfriend and I were at a restaurant, and the waitress came by and asked if everything was okay. My face had nothing to do with the food, but I just know that poor waitress thought I’d found a finger in my chicken just from looking at my face.

  • Reply Katie @ Blonde Ambition September 21, 2012 at 11:23 am

    I love the color! So vibrant! I’m drooling thinking about how good it would be made with brioche…. Yummmm

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