Pumpkin Bread Pudding

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

I made this for our churchs Thanksgiving Brunch recently, and got a request for the recipe, plus, my foodie buddy wanted it as well! I got the inspiration from Bobby Flays throwdown with my fav Ree Drummond!

You will need: (Makes a roasting pan full!)

Bread (I used the ends of loaves, for my recipe I used 2 hamburger buns and around 4-5 slices of bread)
3-5 large eggs (depending on how much bread you use)

Start off by setting your bread out on the counter a few hours before you want to make it. Overnight works as well. You want your bread to get stale. Now, I didn't have that much time, so I cut it up into chunks and then put it in the oven on 350 for about 20 minutes, stirring regularly. You want it to be dried out and crusty (but not burnt. Mine was burnt. Yeah, I suck at making anything bread related... just a hint: DON'T get all impatient and turn the broiler on and then start washing dishes... bad idea)

If you're using about as much bread as me (and my recipe makes a large roasting pan full) you want to add around 5 eggs. Beat the eggs until they are well scrambled, add a couple of splashes of milk (I really have no idea how much I added. A half of cup maybe?), 2/3 a cup of sugar (or a little more if you like it sweeter), and a good splash of vanilla. Whip until well incorporated. Now you're going to add your pumpkin. I used about 3/4 of a can of pumpkin (15oz can). I didn't find it to be highly pumpkiny. If you want more pumpkin flavor, use the whole can. It'll take a little bit to get it incorporated with the eggs and such. Once it is, mix with the bread. If your bread is not well coated, or soaked with the mixture, then add some more custard liquid (I just beat 1 egg and milk and a teaspoonish of sugar in a separate bowl and then added to the bread mixture).

Put in a greased pan, and bake for 15-20 minutes at 375 degrees. Once the custard is set (its no longer jiggly) its done! You can serve with a caramel sauce (or even a caramel whiskey sauce!) for even more deliciousness!