Pumpkin Bread Pudding with Caramel Sauce

Bon Appétit (November 2000)
serves 6 to 12, depending on how big you slice it
Bread Pudding

2 cups half and half (I use soy milk)
1 15-ounce can pure pumpkin
1 cup (packed) plus 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
10 cups 1/2-inch cubes egg bread (~ 10oz) (I use a whole loaf of potato bread, works perfectly!)
1/2 cup golden raisins (you could also try dried cranberries or cherries)

Caramel sauce

1 1/4 cups (packed) dark brown sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
1/2 cup whipping cream (or buy the whole pint to make the whipping cream)

Powdered sugar

For bread pudding: Preheat oven to 350°F. Whisk half and half (or milk), pumpkin, dark brown sugar, eggs, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon and vanilla extract in large bowl to blend. Fold in bread cubes. Stir in golden raisins. Transfer mixture to 11×7-inch glass baking dish. Let stand 15 minutes. Bake pumpkin bread pudding until tester inserted into center comes out clean, about 40 minutes.

Meanwhile, prepare caramel sauce: Whisk brown sugar and butter in heavy medium saucepan over medium heat until butter melts. Whisk in cream and stir until sugar dissolves and sauce is smooth, about 3 minutes.

Sift powdered sugar over bread pudding. Serve warm with caramel sauce.

It’s also recommended that you serve this with whipped cream on top of the caramel sauce, for that extra bit of decadence. Personally I forget the frills and just have the bread pudding on its own, it’s plenty fabulous solo.

This also freezes well.  So cut it into individual servings, wrap in plastic wrap and stick it in the freezer for those nights when you need a little something to warm you up inside.  I just put in in the microwave for a minute and a half or so.  Yum!


One Comment on “Pumpkin Bread Pudding with Caramel Sauce”

  1. weee pumpkin reminds me of holloween… sound tasty… mmmm yamyam… for your vanilla needs you could find premium natural vanilla beans and vanilla powder directly from Madagascar at my vanilla shop (clink my name for link)… enjoy 🙂

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: