Pumpkin Bread Pudding

November 5, 2017

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Pumpkin Bread Pudding will likely be one of the best things you bake this fall! Yes it’s just that good! It tastes just like pumpkin pie but in bread pudding form. It’s rich and creamy and delicious in every way.

Pumpkin Bread Pudding

Bread Pudding with an Autumn Flare

And it’s taken to a whole new level of goodness when you top it with homemade Salted Caramel Sauce, lightly sweetened whipped cream, and crunchy toasted pecans!

So many delicious flavors and textures that all blend so well together.

Oh and this nearly identical to a pumpkin french toast casserole so if you want to make this for breakfast on the weekend or Thanksgiving morning that’s totally acceptable.

Mine is gone by now but oh how I wish I had another slice left. Guess I’ll have to make it again this week!

Pumpkin Bread Pudding

Ingredients Needed for This Recipe

  • Light brown sugar and granulated sugar
  • Spices including cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves
  • Salt
  • Eggs and egg yolks
  • Half and half
  • Whole milk
  • Canned pumpkin
  • Vanilla
  • Hearty French bread
  • Toasted pecans, caramel sauce and whipped cream for topping (optional)

How to Make Pumpkin Bread Pudding

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a mixing bowl whisk together sugar, spices and salt.
  • Whisk in eggs and egg yolks. Stir in half and half, milk, pumpkin and vanilla.
  • Place bread cubes in an extra large mixing bowl. Pour milk mixture evenly over bread cubes then gently toss to coat. Let rest 10 minutes.
  • Spoon mixture into a buttered baking dish
  • Bake in preheated oven until set, about 45 – 50 minutes.
  • Let cool for a few minutes then cut and serving with toppings.

Bread Pudding in baking dish with pumpkin, spices, caramel sauce and pecans.

Tips for Bread Pudding

  • If you want that crusty bread to be easier and less messy to cut just buy it a day in advance and wrap it in a plastic bag. It will soften that crust up making it easier to cut through. But if you are doing a last minute treat like I did don’t worry if you didn’t plan ahead. It will still work fine with fresh bread.
  • A great thing about this bread pudding is that you could prep it a day in advance then just let it rest in the fridge and bake it the next day.
  • And if you like your bread pudding wet, feel free to add an extra half cup or so of milk. I don’t like mine dry but not soggy either.

Pumpkin Bread Pudding

Can I Use Fresh Pumpkin Puree?

Fresh pumpkin puree would work well here too.

Can I Use Pumpkin Pie Spice?

If you don’t already have all the spices listed on hand then 3 teaspoons of pumpkin pie spice will work well here too.

What is Half and Half?

Half and half sold here in the United States is basically a mixture of half milk and half cream. Here you could replace the half and half with 3/4 cup more milk and 3/4 cup cream.

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Pumpkin Bread Pudding

This stuff is over-the-top delicious and likely to be a family favorite! You can prep it a day in advance and store it in the fridge then bake the following day but do be sure to serve it warm for best results.
Servings: 12
Prep20 minutes
Cook45 minutes
Ready in: 1 hour 5 minutes


  • 1/2 cup (110g) packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup (105g) granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/8 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1 1/2 cups half and half
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 (15 oz) can pumpkin
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 (16 oz) loaf hearty crusty french bread, such as La Brea, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • Salted caramel sauce, for serving (see footnotes for recipe)
  • 1/2 cup toasted pecans, chopped, for serving
  • Sweetened whipped cream, for serving


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a mixing bowl whisk together brown sugar, granulated sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves and salt. 
  • Whisk in eggs and egg yolks. Stir in half and half, milk, pumpkin and vanilla.
  • Place bread cubes in an extra large mixing bowl. Pour half and half mixture evenly over bread cubes then gently toss to coat. Let rest 10 minutes.
  • Spoon mixture into a buttered 12 by 8-inch or 13 by 9-inch baking dish (I like to lightly press down on the cubes to even it out a little). Bake in preheated oven until set, about 45 - 50 minutes. 
  • Let cool for a few minutes then cut and serve with salted caramel sauce, pecans and sweetened whipped cream.
  • Follow link HERE for salted caramel sauce step-by-step photos and recipe.


Toppings not included in nutritional information.
Nutrition Facts
Pumpkin Bread Pudding
Amount Per Serving
Calories 277 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 105mg35%
Sodium 293mg13%
Potassium 225mg6%
Carbohydrates 44g15%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 20g22%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 5785IU116%
Vitamin C 1.8mg2%
Calcium 106mg11%
Iron 2.4mg13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition values are estimates only. See full disclaimer here.

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  • maureen sacks

    This recipe with the caramel topping would be delicious…I however just followed the basic recipe and it was not sweet enough…and a little dry…I would recommend upping the sugar and less bake time if you are making just the basic recipe!

  • Deborah

    Made this for my son and grandsons. This was so delicious I’m making it on thanksgiving for my daughter’s family.

  • Lily

    Really great! My family and I agreed that it tasted more like Pumpkin Spice Latte than purely pumpkin because of all the spices, but that maybe made it even better. I also made the CC salted caramel sauce which was lovely. Be sure to toast the pecans to take it over the top.

    Also, I used a seasonal pumpkin brioche from Trader Joe’s which may have changed the texture. In my experience, brioche bread puddings tend to be lighter and fluffier than other bread puddings. But they both have their place.

  • Meg

    Great recipe and super tasty! I had a load of hotdog buns leftover from a camping trip last weekend and used those instead of French bread. Turned out delicious! My kids (4, 7 & 9) said “this tastes better than heaven!!!” Thanks for sharing this recipe!

  • Patricia Hubbard

    I have 1 1/2 cups of leftover pumpkin pie filling, eggs, egg yolks, brown sugar, white sugar, pumpkin pie spices, fresh pumpkin purée, heavy whipping cream – basically all your ingredients – do you think I can use it to make your bread pudding? Do you think I need to add additional liquid? Thanks for your help – not enough for another pie but too good to throw away! Next time I will make your recipe, promise!

    • Jaclyn

      Jaclyn Bell

      The pumpkin pie filling could work but it would take some modifying since it’s already sweetened and includes spices – so it would just be a bit of experimenting but it could work. And cream would work for a very rich option.

  • Anne

    Made it at Thanksgiving. It was a big hit. Now that season is over can I substitute pineapple or another fruit other than bananas.

    • Jaclyn

      Jaclyn Bell

      Yes other fruits should work well but you may need to increase amount of liquid.

  • AS

    Hi – would store bought caramel sauce work for this as well (and adding salt to it)? thanks! :)