Meet the Sullivans: Caramel-Pecan-Pumpkin Bread Pudding

November 14, 2010

Caramel-Pecan-Pumpkin Bread Pudding

Tuesday morning I whipped this up before work. That is how easy it was to make.

Can you believe I forgot to take a picture of the ingredients? What a shame.
Well, anyway, here is what you will need:
  • 4  large eggs
  • 2  (15-oz.) cans pumpkin
  • 1 1/2  cups  milk
  • 1  cup  half-and-half
  • 1  cup  granulated sugar
  • 1  teaspoon  ground cinnamon
  • 1/2  teaspoon  salt
  • 1/2  teaspoon  ground nutmeg
  • 1/2  teaspoon  vanilla extract
  • 1  (12-oz.) French bread loaf, cut into 1-inch pieces (about 10 cups)
  • 1  cup  pecans, chopped
  • 1  cup  firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2  cup  butter
  • 1  tablespoon  light corn syrup
  • 1  teaspoon  vanilla extract

Whisk together the eggs and the next 8 ingredients.

Chop the french bread up into cubes. 

Add the french bread to the pumpkin mixture and mix to thoroughly coat.
Cover with plastic wrap and chill for 8-24 hours. 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spoon mixture into lightly greased ramekins. I only have four, so I also used a large baking dish. You will want to put the ramekins on a cookie sheet (or cake pan) covered in foil to prevent spillage in your oven. 

Pop them in the oven for 50 minutes. Cover with foil after 30 minutes. 

During last 15 minutes of baking, prepare Caramel-Pecan Sauce: Heat pecans in a medium skillet over medium-low heat, stirring often, 3 to 5 minutes or until lightly toasted and fragrant. Be careful not to burn 'em! Burnt pecans do not taste good.

Cook brown sugar, butter, and corn syrup in a small saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally, 3 to 4 minutes or until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla and pecans.

Remove bread puddings from oven; drizzle with Caramel-Pecan Sauce. Bake 5 minutes or until sauce is thoroughly heated and begins to bubble.
Yum. Bea-utiful!

1 comment:

Dorothy at Belle of the Kitchen said...

These sound so good! I love how easy, and indulgent, bread pudding can be!