Pumpkin Pecan Bread Pudding with Caramel Drizzle
Indulge in the warm and comforting embrace of this Pumpkin Pecan Bread Pudding, a delightful fusion of seasonal flavors and rich textures. The combination of velvety pumpkin, toasted pecans, and a luscious caramel sauce creates a dessert that is both sophisticated and satisfying.
For the Bread Pudding:
- 8 cups cubed bread
- 4 eggs
- 1 (15-ounce) can pumpkin puree
- 1 cup vanilla yogurt
- 1 cup milk
- 1 cup sugar + 2 tablespoons
- 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
- 1/2 cup raisins
- 1/4 cup coarsely chopped pecans
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
For the Sauce:
- 1 cup unsalted butter
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1 cup brown sugar
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Grease a 9×13 baking dish with cooking spray.
- Bread Pudding Base:
- In a large bowl, whisk together yogurt, milk, eggs, pumpkin puree, pumpkin spice, and 1 cup of sugar.
- Gently fold in the raisins and bread cubes.
- Pour the mixture into the prepared baking dish.
- Cinnamon Sugar Topping:
- In a small bowl, combine 2 tablespoons of sugar with 1 teaspoon of cinnamon.
- Sprinkle this mixture over the bread pudding, and loosely cover with parchment paper.
- Bake for 20 minutes, then remove the parchment paper.
- Sprinkle the pecans over the top and continue baking until the surface is golden and the center is set, an additional 20 to 25 minutes.
- Caramel Sauce:
- While the bread pudding bakes, prepare the caramel sauce.
- In a heavy saucepan over medium-low heat, combine butter, heavy cream, and brown sugar.
- Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer until the sauce thickens (approximately 5 minutes).
- Finishing Touch:
- Once the bread pudding is out of the oven, pour the warm caramel sauce over the top.
- Serve the pumpkin pecan bread pudding with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for an extra indulgent touch.
- To enhance the bread's texture, you can leave the cubes outside for a few hours until they are dry. Alternatively, bake them at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes until dry but not toasted.
- This dessert can be made ahead; prepare it the night before and refrigerate. The flavors meld together, creating an even more delectable treat when enjoyed the next day.
Savor the essence of fall with each decadent bite of this Pumpkin Pecan Bread Pudding, a perfect dessert to elevate any gathering or to simply treat yourself to a moment of autumnal bliss.