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A delicious serving of pumpkin bread pudding.

Pumpkin Bread Pudding

  • Author: Denay DeGuzman
  • Total Time: 1 Hour 20 Minutes
  • Yield: 9 Servings 1x


This irresistible pumpkin bread pudding is Grandma’s classic recipe. Pillowy cubes of bread are soaked in a tasty custard and baked. It’s packed with delicious fall flavors. Serve for brunch or dessert.


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Pumpkin Bread Pudding

  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream or half-and-half
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 (15-ounce) can pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 cup salted butter, melted
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 (1-pound) loaf challah or brioche bread, day-old* and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans, optional

Optional Garnishes


RECIPE PREP: Preheat oven to 350°F. Generously grease one 9×13-inch baking dish (or two 8×8-inch baking dishes) with butter.

  1. In an extra-large mixing bowl, whisk together the heavy cream, pumpkin puree, melted butter, eggs, maple syrup, brown sugar, pumpkin pie spice, vanilla extract and salt.
  2. Add bread cubes to the bowl and mix well to coat all the pieces in custard. 
  3. Transfer the mixture to the prepared baking dish and press it into an even layer. Let it rest at room temperature for 30 minutes (or for up to 24 hours in the fridge).
  4. Briefly stir with a spatula to redistribute the custard. Sprinkle chopped pecans over the top, if using. 
  5. Bake for 40 to 50 minutes, or until the pudding is set and the top is golden. Let it cool for 10 minutes before serving.


  • * How to turn fresh bread into “day-old bread”: Spread out the bread cubes on a baking tray. Toast them for 10 minutes at 350°F, or until the bread is dry but not browned. 
  • For a rich nutty flavor: Brown the butter before using it in this recipe.
  • If the top is browning too quickly while baking: Loosely tent the top of the baking dish with aluminum foil.
  • Prep Time: 10 Minutes
  • Rest Time: 30 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 Minutes
  • Category: Desserts
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Pumpkin Bread Pudding, Pumpkin Bread Pudding Recipe