This fall, I knew one recipe I wanted to try was pumpkin bread pudding. I had made it a few years ago, and thought it was okay, but I really wanted to see if I could improve upon it. I do like this new version so much better! It’s dense and moist, with lots of pumpkin and spice flavor. I really like this bread pudding with additional maple syrup drizzled over it, but you could also top it with caramel sauce or whipped cream.
I made this pumpkin bread pudding with some wonderful bread that I received from BFree. BFree offers a great selection of bread products that are gluten free. BFree products are actually wheat, dairy, egg, nut, and soy free, which makes them free of all major allergens–and suitable for vegans, too. They are high fiber, low in fat, and low in calories. And they taste really, really good. I was able to try samples of their whole product line–their Brown Seeded Sandwich and Soft White Sandwich loaves, Brown Seeded and Soft White Rolls and Hot Dog Buns, Multiseed and Plain Bagels, Multigrain and Quinoa and Chia Seed Wraps, and Pita Bread. I loved all of their products, and if I hadn’t already known they were gluten free, I probably would have thought they were made with wheat. I think my favorite were the rolls–they were so soft and fresh and tasted like homemade!
So I decided to use some of the BFree Soft White Sandwich Loaf in this bread pudding, and it was really tasty! This makes a wonderful fall dessert. Some of my friends said it tasted like pumpkin pie–they didn’t realize it was bread pudding! Hope you get a chance to try it out!
PUMPKIN MAPLE BREAD PUDDING by NancyC
Makes a 9×9″ pan
- 6 cups cubed white or wheat bread, cut into 1″ squares (I used BFree Soft White Bread)
- 3/4 cup dried cranberries or raisins
- 2 cups Half & Half (light cream)
- 1 (15-ounce) canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix)
- 3 large eggs
- 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans
- maple syrup for drizzling on top, about 3 to 4 Tablespoons
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9 x 9-inch baking pan; set aside.
Combine cubed bread and dried cranberries in large bowl; set aside.
In a medium size bowl, combine Half & Half, pumpkin, eggs, vanilla extract, brown sugar, spices, and salt; blend everything well. Pour mixture over bread/cranberry mixture and stir, coating all the bread cubes. Spoon this mixture into your greased baking pan and let stand for 10 minutes.
Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Sprinkle chopped pecans over mixture during the last 10-15 minutes of baking time.
When bread pudding is done, remove from oven and drizzle the top with maple syrup. Let cool 10 minutes and cut into squares. Serve warm with more maple syrup drizzled very lightly over each piece if desired.
Are you a fan of bread pudding? If you are, I think you’ll really like this Pumpkin Maple Bread Pudding! What other kinds of desserts do you like making with pumpkin?