- 1 leftover pumpkin pie
- 4 cups of day-old bread, torn into pieces
- 2 cups of heavy cream
- 4 large eggs
- 1/2 cup of granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon of ground nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon of ground cloves
- Pinch of salt
- Whipped cream (for serving)
- Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease a baking dish large enough to fit the torn bread and pie pieces.
- Begin this recipe with freshness in mind. Use a day-old loaf of bread, such as brioche or challah, and let it dry out slightly. Alternatively, you can toast the bread cubes for a richer flavor and better texture.
- In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the cream, eggs, sugar, vanilla extract, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and salt until well combined. Indulge yourself in the intoxicating aroma of the spices, letting them transport you to crisp autumn days and harvest festivals.
- Tear the leftover pumpkin pie into bite-sized pieces, ensuring each bite of bread pudding is met with pockets of velvety pumpkin goodness. Nestle the pie pieces in among the bread chunks.
- Pour the custard mixture over the bread and pie, making sure every nook and cranny is thoroughly soaked. Gently press down on the bread and pie to help them absorb the liquid, allowing the flavors to meld together.
- Let the mixture sit for about 10-15 minutes, allowing the bread to further soak up the custard. This step ensures a wonderfully moist and tender pudding.
- Place the baking dish in the preheated oven and bake for 45-50 minutes, or until the bread pudding has puffed up and the top is golden brown. The waiting time will seem endless, as the tantalizing aroma fills your kitchen with mouthwatering anticipation.
- Once baked to perfection, remove the bread pudding from the oven and let it cool slightly before serving. The gooey pockets of pumpkin and heavenly custard will make it difficult to wait, but a short rest allows the flavors to settle and ensures a perfect serve.
- Serve individual portions, garnishing with a dollop of whipped cream to elevate the experience. The cool cream provides a delightful contrast to the warm, spiced goodness beneath it.
- Enhance the custard by adding a splash of amaretto or rum for an extra depth of flavor.
- Add a handful of toasted nuts, such as pecans or walnuts, for a delightful crunch and earthy notes.
- Drizzle with warm caramel or maple syrup for a touch of sweetness that takes this already indulgent treat to new heights.
Pumpkin Bread Pudding brings me comfort and joy, reminding me of crisp autumn evenings spent surrounded by loved ones, savoring the flavors of the season. It’s a dessert that welcomes you home, inviting you to slow down and appreciate the simple pleasures. So, dear readers, with the delightful remnants of pumpkin pie filling your fridge, it’s time to turn those leftovers into something extraordinary. Embrace the warmth, indulge in the gooey delight, and create unforgettable moments with this Pumpkin Bread Pudding.