Warm, comforting pumpkin bread pudding is a cozy dessert made of milk (cream), eggs, sugar, and bread. To incorporate the flavors of fall, I've added warm spices, pumpkin puree, and amaretto. This would be a perfect dessert for Thanksgiving as an alternative to pumpkin pie.
Life Story: Bread Pudding Personified
We all love a good rags-to-riches story.
The kid who grew up poor, persevered, and overcame is the classic story of struggle and redemption.
If bread pudding were a person, she would have such a story: a scrappy, resourceful, humble dessert, once only welcomed in humble kitchens in humble neighborhoods, consumed only by those of common, low-class, meager means.
Now, Bread Pudding has hit the big time, finding her way into the fanciest restaurants and dinner parties, where women with pulled faces and men wearing blue velvet loafers swoon over stale bread soaked in milk.
It makes me laugh a little because you and I have always known that Bread Pudding is one of the most satisfying desserts ever invented. Sweet, warm, and heartening, Bread Pudding is as comforting as a hug from your mother.
I'm proud of Bread Pudding, too. She's had some fame and can afford to dress a little better now, i.e. dessert breads and pricey liqueurs, but she hasn't lost her identity nor is she afraid to show us what she's made of: a dessert made of bread.
Pumpkin Bread Pudding: A Fall Recipe
- 9x13 dish
- A fine-mesh sieve
- baking spray
- 1 lb brioche bread cut into 1-inch cubes
- 1 cup amaretto liqueur
- 1 cup golden raisins
- 6 eggs
- 2 cups heavy cream
- 1 TBSP vanilla
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- ½ tsp ground ginger
- ½ tsp ground nutmeg
- ¾ cup pumpkin puree
- 1 recipe crème anglaise
Crème Anglaise Recipe
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 4 egg yolks
- ½ cup sugar
- Preheat the oven at 375 degrees F. Cube bread and transfer it to a cookie sheet. Melt 4 TBSP of butter in the microwave for 30-40 seconds or on the stovetop and drizzle over bread. Lightly toss and then bake in the oven for 10-12 minutes or until lightly brown.
- Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, on very low heat (otherwise alcohol will ignite), add amaretto and raisins and gently heat for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.
- Spray a 9×13 dish with baking spray and add the toasted bread cubes. Pour the custard mixture over the bread and then sprinkle the raisins evenly on top. You’ll want to let the bread soak in for 30 minutes. Tip: Every 5-10 minutes, I use the palm of my hands to press the bread down allowing the bread on top to soak in all that custardy goodness.
- Cover the bread pudding with foil and bake in the oven for 40 minutes
- Remove from heat and let it set for 10 to 15 minutes.
- Serves 8-10
Directions for Crème Anglaise Recipe
- In a small bowl, whisk together the egg yolks and sugar. In a small saucepan over medium heat, heat the cream and vanilla. Do not let it boil.
- To temper the eggs, pour in a little of the hot cream (like a tablespoon’s worth) into the egg mixture, whisking constantly and vigorously. Gradually add all of the cream (still whisking the entire time).
- Add crème anglaise back into the saucepan over medium heat, still whisking, and whisk until crème anglaise thickens enough to coat the back of a spoon.
- Remove from heat.
- Place a fine-mesh sieve over a small bowl. Pour the crème Anglaise through the sieve and whisk until crème Anglaise is fully strained.
- Pour over fruit or dessert.
Favorite Quotes about Bread
- “I like reality. It tastes like bread.” —Jean Anouilh
- “All sorrows are less with bread. ” ―Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
- “The sky is the daily bread of the eyes.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson