Monday, October 10, 2011

Pumpkin Pecan Bread Pudding ~ New Orleans Style

Fall is in the air..the high today is only going to be 84.'s not really feeling like fall, but it sure can smell like fall in my house.
How do you get that smell of Fall? 
with cinnamon and pumpkin.

This is no ordinary bread pudding, it smells and taste of fall flavors...pumpkin and pecans.
Most southern bread puddings are scooped into a bowl with a generous portion of Bourbon Whiskey Sauce, but this one can be sliced like a pie and elegantly served on a plate.

Pumpkin and Pecan Bread Pudding

1/4 cup sugar                      2 tsp. cinnamon
3 whole eggs                      1/4 tsp. nutmeg
3 egg yolks                          2 Tbsp. butter
4 cups half and half                                    
2 cups heavy whipping cream                     
2 Tbsp. vanilla extract                                
One 16-oz can solid packed pumpkin (fresh will not work)
1 loaf of stale french bread cut into 1/2 inch thick slices
1 cup pecan pieces

1.  Preheat the oven to 250 degrees.  Whisk sugar, whole eggs, and yolks, half`-and -half,  cream and vanilla in a large bowl to make a smooth custard.

2. Combine the pumpkin, cinnamon, and nutmeg and 1/2 cup of the custard mixture in another bowl.


3.  Generously grease the insides of two 10-inch cake pans with the butter.

Line the perimeters of each pan with the smallest slices of bread, then cover the bottom of each with overlapping bread layer.

Pour one-sixth of the custard mixture over the bread to soak it.  Spread one-fourth of the pumpkin the bread in each pan, then sprinkle about one-fourth of the
 pecans over the pumpkin.
Repeat the process in the same order, ending
with a layer of bread, pecans,
 and a final soaking with the custard.
4.  Bake for about 1 1/2 hours.  The pudding will rise and then will fall when you take it out of the oven.
Remove and cool.
Cut into pie-style slices and serve either warm or cool.

Here at our house...we have ONE person
that does not eat nuts.
 Of course I adapt recipes when I can.
But...when I am in a hurry and sometimes forget,
 here's to you
  "Mr. No Nut Eater"
 So Sorry ...  maybe you should try them you just might like them.

Ok...even without the pecans,
 "Mr. No Nut Eater" would not try it.
He said the bread pudding did not look like the one they make at the restaurant he works for.
So he has promised to make us a bread pudding, along with the sauce for us in a coming blog post.

 The rest of the family enjoyed it, although they were divided on eating it warm or cold.
 Pumpkin Pecan Bread Pudding certainly
made the house 'smell'  like fall,
 even if it was for one day.

Today I am linking up with Made By You Monday,
 Skip To My Lou and linking with my friend, Clydia at Three Mango Seeds
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Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

OMG, Melissa!! Gotta try this one over the weekend. This looks wonderful!! I can almost smell it thru my computer!! LOL!! Thanks for sharing!!

L said...

Wow..this sounds and looks delicious! I've never made bread pudding but this recipe makes me want to give it a try.

Karen said...

I'm with Shenita. I'm going to have to try this recipe real soon. Love your style and Shenita's! Figured if I liked her's I would like your's too. Yes, indeed! I'm your newest follower.
Ladybug Creek

Babs said...

OMGosh this sounds sooo delicious! Bread pudding is one of my favorite desserts, but I've never made pumpkin BP. I'm making this the next time. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

Wendy said...

This looks so good! The kids will love it! Your house must have smell delicious!

NanaDiana said...

Melissa- I am copying this over to try it. I love bread pudding and we have one NO NUT EATER at our house too. There is something definitely WRONG with him...he won't even TRY nuts so how the heck does he know he doesn't like them?'s the kicker...he LOVES peanuts! yeah..and that is what MY baking life is like!

Thanks for sharing this recipe- xo Diana

Clydia said...

Melissa -- my two youngest LOVE pumpkin pie. I've already made two so far this fall! I'm gonna try this recipe this weekend, thanks so much for sharing it! Plus, I love the little bowl that you had your eggs in. :)

Thanks so much for linking up to Motivational Monday!


Donna said...

This looks amazing! I love baking in the cooler months! Anything pumpkin is a favorite at our home. thank you for sharing this recipe!

Sewandthecity said...

This looks delicious......i can just imagine the smell of it..yumm...I love pecans!

T.@WhatWeKeep said...

Is there any left? I'm for the nutty version. This is a must make...I love bread pudding.