An easy bread pudding recipe made with pumpkin puree, challah bread, and a few other simple ingredients. This pumpkin bread pudding is easy to make and a family favorite!
One of the most popular recipes on my site is my husband’s grandma’s bread pudding. I’ve had so many people make the recipe and tell me how much it reminds them of the bread pudding their mother or grandmother used to make all of the time. I can’t even begin to tell you how wonderful that is to hear!
Now that it’s officially fall, I wanted to create a pumpkin version of her bread pudding recipe. My husband and I really loved how this version turned out, so I had to share the recipe with you. It has swirls of pumpkin all throughout it that taste similar to pumpkin pie.
This pumpkin bread pudding is also incredibly easy to make. Just throw some bread in a baking dish, whisk together a few simple ingredients, pour it on top, and bake it. I’m actually considering making it for Thanksgiving this year over a traditional pumpkin pie!
To make this pumpkin bread pudding, you’ll start out with some bread. I prefer to use challah bread when I make bread pudding, but any kind of bread will work in this recipe. A few other options that work well are French or brioche bread.
You want to make sure to use day-old bread when making this recipe. If you have a fresh loaf of bread, you can dry it out in the oven at 350°F for about 10 minutes. Either option works fine, just make sure to do one or the other.
Then, just cube the bread or tear it into pieces and spread it around in a baking dish. I use a bread knife to try to cube the bread, but it doesn’t have to be absolutely perfect.
Then mix together the wet ingredients, some whole milk, pumpkin puree, sugar, eggs, vanilla extract, and spices. I typically just stick with granulated sugar in my bread pudding, but I opted to use some brown sugar in this version because it pairs well with the pumpkin.
As far as the spices, you can feel free to adjust them and add more or less if you like. I used pumpkin pie spice in this pumpkin bread pudding, if you don’t have any pumpkin pie spice I have a homemade recipe for it here. I also added some additional cinnamon and nutmeg to really amp up the spices in this dish.
Once the wet ingredients are mixed up, pour it all over the bread in the baking dish, making sure that all of the bread is coated with the mixture. If you don’t get all of the bread coated with the mixture, you can gently press the bread down in the dish to make sure it’s coated.
Then, let it sit on the counter for about 10-15 minutes so the bread can soak up some of the mixture.
After the time is up, just pop it into the oven and let it bake until the center of the bread pudding is set. In other words, the center should be firm.
Once it’s finished baking, set it aside to cool slightly on a wire rack. You can enjoy this bread pudding plain or serve it with a huge scoop of ice cream and some homemade salted caramel sauce (my personal favorite!).
Baking Tips For Pumpkin Bread Pudding
- Make sure to use pumpkin puree and not pumpkin pie filling in this recipe. Pumpkin pie filling is already sweetened and has spices added to it.
- Let the bread pudding to sit on the counter for about 10-15 minutes before you bake it. This will allow the bread soak up some of the pumpkin mixture.
Pumpkin Bread Pudding
- 1 (20-ounce) loaf day-old challah bread cubed into 1-inch pieces
- 3 cups (720 ml) whole milk
- 1 (15-ounce) can pumpkin puree
- 2/3 cup (135 grams) brown sugar
- 1/2 cup (100 grams) granulated sugar
- 4 large eggs lightly beaten
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- Spray a 9x13 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Place the cubed challah bread into the prepared baking dish and spread it around into an even layer. Set aside.
- In a very large mixing bowl, whisk together the milk, pumpkin puree, brown sugar, granulated sugar, eggs, vanilla, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, and nutmeg until fully combined. Pour the mixture evenly over the bread in the prepared baking pan, making sure all of the bread is coated. Allow to sit and soak up the mixture for about 15 minutes.
- Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350°F. Once the 15 minutes is over, place the bread pudding in the oven and bake at 350°F for 45-55 minutes or until the center is set.
- Remove from the oven and transfer to a wire rack to cool slightly before serving.