Sunday, May 16, 2010

Pumpkin Bread Pudding

My good friend, Larry loves bread pudding. Whenever we get together, I don't need to ask what dessert he would like. I know his answer will be bread pudding. He's pretty much a bread pudding purist. I think it goes back to his childhood. His mom always made bread pudding with the leftover homemade bread. One time years ago, when I first decided to make bread pudding I asked Larry's mom for her recipe. She was such an old fashioned cook, no recipes for her. She said I just take some bread, eggs, milk and cinnamon and mix it all up and bake it. Maybe she said raisins, too. There's a few things I can make without a recipe but baking, I always have to follow a recipe.

I don't know if Larry would like the Pumpkin Bread pudding but we sure did. I made quite a few changes to the recipe. Mostly because of what I did or didn't have on hand. I cut the recipe in half and it worked nicely to fill three ramekins. I had leftover sweetened condensed and evaporated milk from this month's Martha Stewart recipe, Tres Leches Cupcakes. I was wondering what I was going to do with it when I had one of those aha moments. I can use it in the Pumpkin Bread Pudding. When we made the Pumpkin No vanilla beans for me, they're just too expensive. I do want to try vanilla bean paste. I didn't have any whole cloves or fresh ginger. My spice mixture consisted of vanilla extract, a pinch of ground cloves, a pinch of ground ginger and two cinnamon sticks. I felt like the pudding was plenty moist by itself, so I decided to forgo the sauce. We certainly don't need anything else made with cream.




This is a delicious dessert. Kind of fun to have a pumpkin dessert in Springtime. I am going to file this one in my holiday file. This would make a great addition to the Thanksgiving Day table.

Thanks to Carmen of Baking Is My Zen for choosing a great recipe. You can find the links to check out the other SMS bakers here.

18 comments:

  1. Julie,

    Thanks for baking with me!

    Nice variations...

    Carmen

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  2. Great minds think alike! I made mine in ramekins too. I love the look of yours! My dad loves bread pudding too. It sounds like he has the same taste as Larry. I made a fancy bread pudding one year and I could tell it was not his thing. He likes a basic old fashioned recipe!

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  3. I'm with your friend Larry - bread pudding is one of my favorite desserts. Looks delicious! I love the cinnamon sugar on top and am anxious to try this later today.

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  4. i've been wondering what to do w/my leftover milks..great idea!

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  5. Oh that sounds very good! We love pumpkin in the Fall!

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  6. I was just looking at pumpkin desserts earlier, and I'm glad I saw this! I actually have never had bread pudding but have ALWAYS wanted to!! This looks so good!

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  7. I love the changes you made to this one! And it looks fabulous, too. I love it when I can sneak recipe leftovers into other recipes!

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  8. Thanks for the tips on the variations - I would definitely go the mini route if I made this one. I did a rewind this week, but maybe when fall comes I'll get around to trying this one and sharing it with some of the bread pudding lovers in my family :) Yours looks great!

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  9. These really do look good. I still have 2 cans of pumpkin in the pantry and think this might be a good way to use one of them. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings...Mary

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  10. I've never had bread pudding, but your little ramekins definitely look delicious! Sounds like it was well enjoyed by those who were able to make it.

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  11. I love pumpkin and this would be great for the fall...

    sweetlife

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  12. Definitely saving this one for Thanksgiving. It sounds delicious!

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  13. This looks awesome-wow. Pumpkim bread pudding could satisfy me any season. I would love it,

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  14. Looks so good! I love pumpkin and I love bread pudding, so I'd love pumpkin bread pudding!

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  15. Bread pudding...YUM, but Pumpkin Bread pudding..DELICIOUS!! Brilliant!

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  16. I definitely can get on board with Larry! I love bread pudding! I agree with you, I think this will be making an appearance for Thanksgiving!

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  17. Looks divine! I've never met a bread pudding I didn't like.

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  18. Looks great! Perhaps when I want to open up a huge pumpkin can again, I'll make this!

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