Food Lion Holiday Bake Off—Recipe for Pumpkin Bread Pudding

IMAG1341Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. It focuses on three things I love: being grateful, family, and food.

For the last five years, Thanksgiving has been hosted at my house and we have a routine down pat. I cook everything but the turkey in advance. We go to a Smithsonian museum from 10 to 2, having lunch in the museum dining room. As soon as we get home I finish the dinner and we feast by 7.

The next day we loll around playing board games, watching movies and NOT shopping.

I found a great cookbook I love several years ago. It has menus for make-ahead meals for every holiday. It taught me how to make ahead my mashed potatoes and my gravy, among other things.

My favorite recipe is Pumpkin Bread Pudding. I never tried bread pudding before I was 35. Now I regret the 35 wasted years of not eating bread pudding. I suppose I thought it would be some soggy, spongy mess cobbled from stale leftovers. Why was I never told that it is the perfect comfort food? It has everything I like: seasonal spices, the best of everything bready, and an optional custard sauce that takes it over the top.

My kids like cooking with me, so he made a practice run bread pudding for Thanksgiving. This is made with regular bread in a seasoned pumpkin mixture, not bread where a main ingredient is pumpkin, if that helps. Pumpkin bread-pudding, not pumpkin-bread pudding.

recipe-pumpkin-bread-puddingRecipe for Pumpkin Bread Pudding

Ingredients:

  • 1 loaf of good bread, cubed. About 9 cups of bread cubes
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 can unseasoned pumpkin puree. About 16 oz.
  • 4 eggs, large
  • 1 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp ground ginger

Put the cubed bread in the biggest mixing bowl you have. Seriously, the biggest.

Put all the other ingredients in a different mixing bowl and whisk together.

Pour egg and cream mixture, over the cubed bread. Blend gently with a large spoon until all the bread is well-coated with the liquids.

Pour into a large rectangular baking dish that has been coated with non-stick spray.

Cover with plastic wrap and let rest in refrigerator for at least 12 hours and up to 72 hours.

Pop into pre-heated 350 degree oven and bake for 35 to 40 minutes. Let it rest for 5 minutes before cutting into squares and serving.

This is amazing topped with caramel sauce, a homemade custard sauce, or with really good vanilla ice cream.

Options and recommendations: I usually make my own challah for this, but I have also used sandwich bread. Here I’m using a boule of King’s Hawaiian bread, because it has a great texture and is lightly sweet—perfect for bread pudding.

If you don’t have the individual spices, you could substitute a pumpkin pie spice blend, I guess, if you insist.

For dairy-free, substitute a non-dairy cream. I especially like So Delicious coconut creamer. Since it is lightly sweetened, use less brown sugar.

For gluten-free, make or buy a medium-sized loaf of gluten-free bread. I think a loaf of Udi’s white sandwich bread would work fine.

For vegan, use an egg substitute you would normally use for binding baked goods: EnerG egg replacer, or even baking powder and oil. I have a handy chart of vegan baking substitutions pinned on Pinterest, if you need that.

My daughters and I made this bread pudding as part of the Food Lion Holiday Bake-Off. The bake-off starts tomorrow, November 17, and ends November 28.

Enter your favorite holiday recipe in one of four categories: appetizer, entrée, side dish, or dessert. Twelve grand-prize winners will each receive a $500 Food Lion gift card.

I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour for Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Food Lion. I received a promotional item to facilitate my shopping experience and review.

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...
5 Comments
Mother teen daughter
How To Talk about Embarrassing Stuff with Your Kids
How to use peer pressure to talk to your child about why not to drink alcohol. Parenting tips from an old mom.
Preparing Your Child for Peer Pressure to Drink Alcohol
Communicating with Your Children
I Want You To Hear