Bread pudding feels like it’s something I probably should have made in the past. When Carrie suggested it, I couldn’t believe it was something I hadn’t made before. As I did a little research on exactly how to make it and started formulating my idea I realized, I have kind of made this a few other times. Bread pudding is cubed up bread that gets covered in an egg mixture and then baked until set. The process, as well as the dish itself reminds me of the overnight french toast that I make every year for our Mother’s Day brunch. In that case, slices of bread are covered in an egg mixture and soak overnight before being baked in the oven. (Note to self: I need to share that recipe here! Too good not to and how have I not done this already??)
Since we are officially in the season of autumn we can let the pumpkin onslaught begin! Naturally, that is almost immediately where my ideas went when contemplating my bread pudding idea. I combined apples, pumpkin, cinnamon and nutmeg for all the warm flavors that this season has to offer. What resulted was a perfect fall bread pudding that would be ideal for a brunch or an easy dessert any time.
We hope that you’ll join in with us for First on the First next month as we tackle making soufflé!
One Year Ago: Croissants
An autumn bread pudding with pumpkin, apple and warm spices like cinnamon and allspice.
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 3/4 cup canned solid-pack pumpkin
- 1/2 cup whole milk
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 large eggs plus 1 yolk
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
- 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
- 5 cups cubed (1-inch) day-old baguette or crusty bread
- 3/4 stick unsalted butter, melted
- 1 apple, diced
- Preheat oven to 350°F with rack in middle.
- Whisk together cream, pumpkin, milk, sugar, eggs, yolk, salt, and spices in a bowl.
- Toss bread cubes with butter in a 2 quart baking dish. Add the apples and toss together.
- Add the pumpkin mixture and toss to coat.
- Bake until custard is set, 25 to 30 minutes.
Adapted from Epicurious