Monday, October 29, 2012

Pumpkin Bread Pudding

From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...This, quite simply said, is a wonderful family dessert. The bread cubes used to make the pudding project above the pumpkin custard, so the finished dessert has a rough cobbled appearance that might be off-putting to some. I hope you'll close your eyes and give this strange looking treat a try. It really would be a shame to miss this wonderfully flavorful fall dessert. Those projecting bread cubes are like soft spicy pillows and once you've tasted them it will be hard to leave them be. I found myself picking off one or two cubes each time I passed the finished pudding. Fortunately, dinner was served before I denuded our dessert. The recipe originally appeared in Gourmet magazine and, while the pudding  lacks eye appeal, it is delicious and will appeal to young and old alike. It is best served warm and begs to be topped with a small scoop of ice cream. I hope you'll give this homely gem a try. Here's how the pudding is made.

Pumpkin Bread Pudding...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite courtesy of Gourmet magazine

1 cup heavy cream (light cream or whole milk may be substituted)
3/4 cup canned solid-pack pumpkin
1/2 cup whole milk
1/2 cup sugar
2 large eggs plus 1 yolk
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
Pinch of ground cloves
5 cups cubed (1-inch) day-old baguette or crusty bread
3/4 stick unsalted butter, melted

1) Place rack in middle of oven. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2) Whisk together cream, pumpkin, milk, sugar, eggs, yolk, salt, and spices in a bowl.
3) Toss bread cubes with butter in another bowl, then add pumpkin mixture and toss to coat. Transfer to an ungreased 8-inch square baking dish and bake until custard is set, 25 to 30 minutes. Yield: 6 servings.

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Anonymous said...

Yum! I had bread pudding the other night at a restaurant and realized I have never made it myself, something I definitely need to do. Thanks for sharing your recipe!

Angie's Recipes said...

Such a wonderful seasonal dessert!

Pondside said...

I love a good bread pudding. This one would be yummy with some Salted Caramel ice cream!

Vidya Chandrahas said...

Bread pudding looks truly fabulous..perfectly made.

Diane said...

Now I love Bread pudding, and I love pumpkin. but I have never tried the two together. Bookmarked. have a great week. Diane

Kim said...

Yum this bread pudding looks GREAT!

Martha said...

Ah, it's pumpkin "bread pudding" rather than "pumpkin bread" pudding! Looks yummy!

Tanna said...

Oh, Mary. Our family loves pumpkin and all things "bread pudding". Looks like a perfect fall dessert! I LIKE the rustic look of the bread cubes... and I'm sure I will love their pillows of goodness. ;) blessings ~ tanna

Joanne said...

I kind of want to bake some bread today so that I can make this! Looks amazing!

singerinkitchen said...

Oh my deliciousness! This looks great!

From the Kitchen said...

I've been guilty of denuding that very recipe! It has been years since I made it and now I can make it again without going through my stacks and stacks of Gourmet. Thanks!


Shug said...

Two of my favorite things...pumpkin and bread pudding together...this could sure make me happy.
Have a good day.

Ana Regalado said...

Oh ! That looks yum ! I haven't eaten some bread pudding for quiet sometime ! :P

Priya Suresh said...

I'll happily have this pudding rite now.

David said...

Mary, I love bread pudding! What a great twist to normal recipes for this comfort dessert... Thanks for the recipe! Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

teresa said...

what a fabulous fall treat, love this idea!

mia xara said...

Sounds really tempting Mary, no chance for leftovers with this one..I'll definitely have to taste it,irresistible! XO

tender b. said...

Oh wow!

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