Caramel-Pecan-Pumpkin Bread Puddings Recipe

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In need of a Thanksgiving dessert that wows? Our Caramel-Pecan-Pumpkin Bread Puddings fit the bill. You can prepare this recipe in individual ramekins or a 13x9 dish. 

Caramel-Pecan-Pumpkin Bread Puddings
Photo: Jim Franco; Styling: Lynda White
Prep Time:
27 mins
Total Time:
9 hrs 22 mins
Yield:
11 servings

Ingredients

BREAD PUDDINGS

  • 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)

CARAMEL-PECAN SAUCE

  • 1 cup pecans, chopped

  • 1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar

  • 1/2 cup butter

  • 1 tablespoon light corn syrup

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

  1. Prepare Bread Puddings: Whisk together eggs and next 8 ingredients in a large bowl until well blended. Add bread pieces, stirring to thoroughly coat. Cover with plastic wrap, and chill 8 to 24 hours.

  2. Preheat oven to 350°. Spoon bread mixture into 11 (6-oz.) lightly greased ramekins. (Ramekins will be completely full, and mixture will mound slightly.) Place on an aluminum foil-lined jelly-roll pan.

  3. Bake at 350° for 50 minutes, shielding with foil after 30 minutes.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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

Chef's Notes

One-Dish Caramel-Pecan-Pumpkin Bread Pudding
Prepare recipe as directed in Step Spoon chilled bread mixture into a lightly greased 13- x 9-inch baking dish. Cover with aluminum foil. Bake, covered, at 350° for 35 minutes. Uncover and bake 15 minutes. Proceed with recipe as directed in Steps 4 through

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