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Pumpkin Bread Pudding with Caramel Sauce (Make-Ahead!)

This Pumpkin Bread Pudding with Caramel Sauce will blow you and your taste buds away, in the best way possible. Perfect for fall holidays, potlucks, brunch, or dessert. 

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A couple days ago, I gathered up Tween Bulldog and Middle Little for some exercise. Because adolescent dogs and pre-adolescent boys need to get their wiggles out, preferably outdoors instead of the living room.

We were about two miles away when the weather man officially made a mistake. The trusty radar that showed 0% chance of rain clearly didn’t get the memo about a sudden onslaught of showers. So we jalked (jog-walked) another two miles back home, properly drenched.

Middle Little was all like  this is a fun adventure, Mom! and Tween Bulldog kept stopping to mark his territory, unfazed by the torrent.

Me, I should have worn the words I’d rather be baking on my forehead.

As in this fall-tastic Pumpkin Bread Pudding with Caramel Sauce…

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I’d normally rather stuff myself with French Toast Bakes than bread puddings. Unless the bread puddings taste this good.

This pumpkin bread pudding is like baked French toast, except you can make it 100% ahead of time. It’s a busy girl’s dream come true.

Make it and bake it the night before. It’s delicious the next day, drizzled with the must-have caramel sauce.

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If you’re anything like me, you’re tempted to skip the caramel sauce.

Please don’t. The hot, melted, toffee-like caramel sauce makes this pumpkin bread pudding a standout dish. It’s irresistible for breakfast, brunch, dessert, and all the fall holidays. #bressert

We couldn’t stop licking the browned caramel sauce off allthethings. You won’t be sorry, and neither will your peeps.

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Bake up something Fall-tastic very, very soon.

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Pumpkin Bread Pudding with Caramel Sauce (Make-Ahead!)

5 from 2 reviews

This Pumpkin Bread Pudding with Caramel Sauce is absolutely divine for breakfast, brunch, or dessert! Great for the holidays and potlucks. Make it completely the night before! (Don’t ditch the caramel sauce.)

Ingredients

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  • 8 cups cubed bread from a French bread loaf
  • 2 cups half and half
  • 1 15-ounce can pure pumpkin
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 4 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup toasted chopped pecans
  • For the Caramel Sauce:
  • 1 1/4 cups dark brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup salted butter
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • Optional: powdered sugar for garnish

Instructions

  1. For bread pudding:
  2. Preheat oven to 350°F, with rack on lower middle position. Whisk half and half, pumpkin, dark brown sugar, eggs, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon and vanilla extract in large bowl to blend. Fold in bread cubes. Transfer mixture to a lightly greased 9×11 glass baking dish.
  3. Sprinkle cranberries over top evenly, followed by pecans. Let stand at least 15 minutes to allow bread to soak. Bake until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean, about 40 minutes. Let rest at room temperature until ready to serve (up to overnight, covered. Cover and chill if bread pudding will be sitting out longer than overnight.)
  4. [bFor the Caramel Sauce:
  5. When ready to serve: 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. Pour warm sauce over warm/re-warmed bread pudding. Garnish with powdered sugar, if desired.

Notes

Bread pudding can be served at room temp or reheated. It’s absolutely amazing when served warm with warm caramel sauce, and a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream on top!
Caramel sauce can also be made the night before, but will need to be re-heated before drizzling onto the bread pudding. So good with a hot cup of coffee in the morning, too!

  • Category: dessert, breakfast, brunch

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Source: Chew Out Loud, inspired by Bon Appetit

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17 comments

    • Heather

    What a perfect fall holiday recipe! I definitely want to make this for our family this season. Anything pumpkin sounds great now and that added caramel sauce makes it incredible!

      • chewoutloud

      It’s the perfect combo 🙂

    • Eli

    Oh man this looks absolutely amazing. I would love to try this. Seems like a perfect fall recipe and a great Thanksgiving addition.

    • Catherine

    This looks absolutely delicious! What a wonderful holiday treat and perfect for the mornings….this is something the whole family will love.

      • chewoutloud

      Thanks, Catherine!

    • Yeah Lifestyle

    Yum! I have never had pumpkin bread pudding with caramel and this looks totally indulgent! I would love to try making this as a treat for the kids

    • Kat&Phil

    Oh, heck yes!! We are def fans of pumpkin season on all levels!! Can’t wait to try this recipe out!!

    • Valerie

    My grandparents always made bread pudding and it was so good. I would eat any one of these. Yum.

      • chewoutloud

      Bread pudding is such a great fall treat 🙂

    • Chad

    Are you kidding me!!! I am so gonna make this soon, look sooooooo delicious. Thank you for the recipe.

      • chewoutloud

      You won’t be sorry 🙂

    • emmy

    Yum!! I made pumpkin pie last night and this looks like the perfect thing to make next! Is pumpkin pie spice absolutely necessary or can I substitute it with nutmeg, ginger, and extra cinnamon?

      • chewoutloud

      Pumpkin pie and bread pudding go hand in hand every fall 🙂

    • Meredith Burall

    How many does this serve?

      • chewoutloud

      Meredith, this makes a nice large casserole size dish, so I’d say 10-12, depending on how big of a slice people eat. If this is one of several desserts available, then it will feed a lot more. Enjoy! 🙂

    • Karly

    Totally drooling over here. This bread pudding looks AH-mazing. I mean, does it get any more fall than this!? Cannot wait to try it out!

      • chewoutloud

      I know, baking is the only thing that excites me about cold weather 🙂 Have a great weekend, Karly!

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