Pumpkin Bread Pudding


Pumpkin Bread Pudding

Pumpkin Bread Pudding
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Our recipe for Pumpkin Bread Pudding comes direct from celebrity chef, restaurateur, and cookbook author Donatella Arpaia. This easy yet elegant bread pudding recipe is packed with the savory flavor of pumpkin and all your favorite spices of the season. So you can be sure that this easy pumpkin bread pudding recipe will delight your taste buds and make you feel warm and cozy when chilly Autumn weather rolls around. And if you're looking for even more amazing recipes with pumpkin, don't forget to check out Our Favorite Canned Pumpkin Recipes, for even more delightful desserts!

What You'll Need

  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 (15-ounce) can 100% pure pumpkin (not pie filling)
  • 1/2 pound French or Italian bread, sliced thick and torn into large chunks
  • Whipped cream, if desired

What to Do

  1. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients except the bread and whipped cream; whisk until smooth. Add bread and stir until all chunks are evenly moistened. Cover and let soak 4 hours or overnight in the refrigerator.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 9- x 13-inch baking dish with cooking spray. 
  3. Spoon bread mixture into baking dish and bake 1 to 1-1/4 hours, or until set. Let cool slightly, spoon into serving dishes, top with whipped cream, and serve.


You can also bake this recipe in individual ramekins. Just place them on a baking sheet and reduce baking time to 40 to 45 minutes.

If you enjoyed this easy pumpkin dessert, be sure to check out our recipe for Easy Pumpkin Cheesecake.

Recipe courtesy of Donatella Arpaia and adapted from "Donatella Cooks: Simple Food Made Glamorous." For another easy recipe from Donatella's cookbook, try Almond Crusted Chicken.

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I really love pumpkin pie and I love bread pudding and this is basically the flavor of pumpkin pie mixed into bread pudding. I can't wait to try this. It is a perfect dessert to have with Thanksgiving dinner. And, I think it would be a hit with guests since most people love pumpkin pie.I like the suggestion to use pumpkin bread and adding more spice.

I made this today. I'll make it again BUT next time I'll double the amount of each spice and add some vanilla. It was just too bland; something definitely was lacking. May add some chopped pecans, too.

I made this again today BUT this time, I added 1 tsp. vanilla and doubled the amounts of cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg and sprinkled cinnamon on the top while it was still hot from the oven. BIG DIFFERENCE! Today's version was much more flavorful and tasty, in my opinion.

My daughter made a Pumpkin Bread Pudding for Thanksgiving, instead of using french or italian bread she used Pumpkin Bread It was beyond GREAT !!


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