Pumpkin Pie Bread Pudding

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Pumpkin Pie Bread Pudding

Use up extra canned pumpkin and day-old croissants in this satisfying bread pudding recipe.

Use any leftover pumpkin pie filling to make this delicious pumpkin pie bread pudding. | insolenceandwine.com

Bread pudding: breakfast or dessert? That’s a question I’ve wondered for most of my life. I happen to believe that this pumpkin pie bread pudding would be perfect for breakfast or dessert, even with a generous scoop of vanilla ice cream plopped onto a slice of warm-from-the-oven bread pudding.

Use any leftover pumpkin pie filling to make this delicious pumpkin pie bread pudding. | insolenceandwine.com

The same week I made these delicious chocolate chip pumpkin spice cookies, a New York City-based client of mine sent me an overnight care package of croissants from Maison Kayser. They’re pretty much my favorite croissants, ever. Not wanting them to go to waste, I wanted to at least attempt to make a bread pudding using the rest of the canned pumpkin purée I’d opened a day earlier to make those cookies. My husband, the pumpkin hater, told me I was wasting my time because the finished product would be disgusting.

He loved it so much that he took half the baking dish to work. That makes two pumpkin recipes he's enjoyed.

Use any leftover pumpkin pie filling to make this delicious pumpkin pie bread pudding. | insolenceandwine.com

I knew right away I had made something spectacular. This bread pudding is for people who say they hate pumpkin. And people who say that bread pudding is just a watery-version of French toast. At its heart, this is a bread (or croissant) casserole that tastes like the very best pumpkin pie you’ve ever tasted. 

The combination of the dried cranberries and rye whiskey is a match made in sweet tooth heaven, and I definitely plan to use the combo more frequently. The cranberries are perfectly sweet and compliment the pumpkin custard filling, which I’ve seasoned with my pumpkin pie spice.

About a year ago, I found the base to this bread pudding recipe in my grandmother’s recipe collection. It seems fitting that I am sharing this with you today since yesterday would have been her 84th birthday. While she wasn’t much of a pumpkin fan, she certainly had a place in her heart for recipes like this one. When I was growing up, she typically served her bread pudding for breakfast or brunch, with a generous serving of maple syrup or some boozy-syrup she had thrown together in a hurry. Whenever I find myself missing her, I like to cook one of her recipes. Her original bread pudding recipe used brioche and bananas, the latter of which I refuse to cook with. 

Use any leftover pumpkin pie filling to make this delicious pumpkin pie bread pudding. | insolenceandwine.com

This pumpkin pie bread pudding would make an excellent brunch dish for the morning after Thanksgiving, a dessert that feeds an army after an autumn dinner party, or even served in place of a traditional pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving. Just don't skimp on the ice cream.

For other pumpkin recipes, check out chocolate pumpkin cupcakes, baked pumpkin polenta, chocolate chip pumpkin spiced cookies, and my post sharing 8 pumpkin and wine pairings.

 

Use any leftover pumpkin pie filling to make this delicious pumpkin pie bread pudding. | insolenceandwine.com
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Pumpkin Pie Bread Pudding
An excellent way to use up extra cans of pumpkin and day-old croissants.
Ingredients
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup rye whiskey
  • 8 croissants, cubed
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 7 eggs eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • for serving vanilla or custard ice cream
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
Instructions
Preheat oven to 350ºIn a small bowl, combine the cranberries and rye whiskey. Let soak for at least 20 minutes.On a single cookie sheet, spread the pieces of croissant and toast for about 15 minutes, or until golden brown and crunchy. Set aside.Butter a 9x12-inch baking dish. In a large bowl, whisk together the pumpkin puree, pumpkin spice, cream, milk, sugar, eggs, and salt.Spread the toasted croissants on the bottom of the baking dish, and mix the cranberries and whiskey into the cubes. Pour the pumpkin-cream mixture over the croissants, making sure to moisten the majority of the cubes.Bake for 50 minutes, until the center is no longer jiggly. Remove from oven and cover with foil to cool slightly. Serve with vanilla or custard ice cream.
Details
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 6 servings