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Pumpkin Bread Pudding

Pumpkin Bread Pudding: this recipe is easy and delicious, perfect for Thanksgiving and the holidays.
Pumpkin Bread Pudding: this recipe is easy and delicious, perfect for Thanksgiving and the holidays.

Perfect for Thanksgiving or the Holidays

This pumpkin bread pudding recipe is the perfect easy pumpkin dessert.  Don’t bother messing around with pastry, or other complicated pumpkin desserts.  This easy pumpkin bread pudding is pure comfort food, and so delicious.  It would be a great addition to your Thanksgiving and holiday baking lineup.  Or it makes an impressive dessert for a dinner party for lovers of all things pumpkin.  

Pumpkin Bread Pudding with custard sauce

Secret Ingredient -Bread Options

I’m a big fan of bread pudding recipes in general, but this pumpkin version is the perfect twist for the holidays.  It’s pumpkin-y and creamery, and so, so good.  And bread pudding is really easy to put together.  This pumpkin bread pudding is taken to the next level by using egg bread.  

how to make Pumpkin Bread Pudding

We have a little family run bakery nearby that sells fresh egg bread each day.  It’s the kind of place that bakes each morning and sells out each afternoon.  They aren’t the cutest building and I have to admit that if someone hadn’t told me to go there I probably would have passed it by.  Since discovering it a few years ago we seriously go just about every week.  Egg bread can be a little tricky to find, but it adds a richness to this dish that can’t be beat.  If you don’t have egg bread available you could try this recipe with challah bread, or French bread, or any crusty bread to make your cubed bread.  You could also try it with cinnamon  swirl bread.

Bread pudding is an early nineteenth century England creation, as a way to use up stale bread.  Homemade bread pudding is easy to make and a great way to use up old bread or leftover bread, and turn it into a wonderful dessert.  Our delicious pumpkin bread pudding version has plenty of warm spices like a traditional pumpkin pie, but without all the effort.  You’ll love this dish as a great make-ahead dish, especially when entertaining this fall season.  It’s the perfect dessert for fall flavors.  

Pumpkin Puree

When shopping for your pumpkin puree, be careful not to purchase pumpkin pie filling by mistake.  The canned pumpkin pie filling already has sugar and pumpkin pie spices mixed in.  You want to use pumpkin puree, which is canned pumpkin only.  

You could also make homemade pumpkin puree if you prefer.  Use small pie pumpkins to make your puree for the best and sweetest flavor.

Pumpkin Bread Pudding with warm custard sauce

Yield: 9 servings

Pumpkin Bread Pudding

Pumpkin Bread Pudding: this recipe is easy and delicious, perfect for Thanksgiving and the holidays.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes


  • 7 cups of egg bread cubed
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 cups pumpkin puree
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • warm custard to serve with


  1. Combine the pumpkin puree, eggs, milk, heavy cream, brown sugar, vanilla, cinnamon and salt in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Cut your bread into 1-inch piece cubes. Add in 7 cups of bread cubes to the pumpkin mixture, and stir gently to combine without breaking up the bread cubes.
  3. Pour the mixture into an 8 x 8 greased baking dish and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
  4. Serve the bread pudding warm with a warm custard sauce.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 333Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 118mgSodium: 198mgCarbohydrates: 44gFiber: 2gSugar: 25gProtein: 8g
Pumpkin Bread Pudding recipe

I hope you love this recipe as much as I do.  Just typing it up and seeing the pictures again has my mouth watering and makes me want to make it again soon.  This is a great recipe if you’re a pumpkin lover.

Bread Pudding with pumpkin

What To Serve With It

I served this at a dinner party the night I took the pictures.  In fact, I was finishing up the pictures just as my guest were arriving.  We had a lovely cheese board, and some amazing pasta with braised beef, Caesar salad and garlic bread.  But you know what everyone was just waiting for?  The dessert they saw and smelled when they arrived.  After waiting all evening for it, finally they were able to report it was worth the wait!  

I served the pumpkin bread pudding warm with warm custard sauce.  You can make your own, or look for the canned version at the grocery store.  It would also be delicious with a bourbon sauce, or your favorite caramel sauce.  This dish has great pumpkin flavor and is wonderful served with vanilla ice cream.  The warm bread pudding is so good with a scoop of ice cream, which starts to melt and tastes delicious.  But you can also serve this dish at room temperature.

Looking for a dish for crowd?  Feel free to double the recipe and bake in a larger baking dish, and increase the baking time slightly.

If you love pecans, you could add roasted chopped pecans to sprinkle over the top of pumpkin bread pudding for a little crunch.  

Pumpkin Bread Pudding thanksgiving dessert

This is the perfect dish this time of year, and the best bread pudding for pumpkin lovers.  It’s the best way to finish off a meal, or even Thanksgiving dinner.  It’s sure to become a family favorite. If you love easy recipes that are also delicious, you love this easy bread pudding.

With Pumpkin Bread Pudding for dessert, life is really a party!

More Inspiration

Love pumpkin recipes.  Check out our Pumpkin Cream Puffs here.

Pumpkin Cream Puffs: A cream puff filled with pumpkin pastry cream, whipped cream, and topped with warm caramel sauce for the perfect fall dessert.

Also check out our Pumpkin Spice Rice Krispie Treats recipe here.

You might also like our Pumpkin Blondies here, they’re a family favourite!


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