Pumpkin is a traditional flavor for baked goods during the fall and winter, and this pumpkin spice bread pudding is a delicious dessert that is super easy to make and is a great addition to the dessert menu during the holidays.
Pumpkin spice is so nice. I love it in almost everything. From donuts to lattes, if it has pumpkin spice in it, I’m all over it, and when you use pumpkin spice in your homemade dishes? Oh, yeah. That’s the stuff. That’s why I put it into my classic bread pudding! I don’t want to toot my own horn but, uh… toot toot. My bread pudding is pretty darn popular with my friends and family, and adding pumpkin spice to it makes for the absolute perfect fall dessert.
Pumpkin Spice Bread Pudding
It all starts with delicious challah bread. It has the perfect texture and flavor for all of the other wonderful ingredients that will follow. I use pumpkin spice coffee creamer to get that classic flavor along with richness, then I add eggs for all that gooey deliciousness that we love about bread pudding. Of course, it all gets finished off with a delicious, sweet glaze. I’d call it Heaven in your mouth but it’s so sinfully good, I don’t want to mix my metaphors. Oh, wait. I just did. The point is, this stuff is so good, you might not want to share!
The Easiest Bread Pudding Recipe
This really is the easiest bread pudding recipe you’ll ever make. There’s no hyperbole here. Seven total ingredients and a few simple steps are all it takes. It doesn’t get much simpler than that. The best part is that it tastes like it took forever to make. So you’ll be the dessert hero without actually having to put out any heroic effort. It’s perfect!
Toppings for Pumpkin Spice Bread Pudding
Bread pudding is a classic dessert, and it has some delicious classic toppings that go perfectly well with it. The following are always on my list for the best things to top this pumpkin spice bread pudding.
Chopped pecans add a wonderful crunch and depth of flavor to this dish. For an even earthier flavor, try toasting them.
Can you ever go wrong with whipped cream? No. No, you can’t. That philosophy is proved out when you add it to my bread pudding.
Ice cream is so perfect with this bread pudding. A nice, big scoop of cold vanilla ice cream melting over a bowl of warm bread pudding? Pure joy.
Frequently Asked Questions
This recipe is so simple, you might be tempted to jump right into it, but before you do, take a moment to look over this FAQ. It answers many of the most common questions about bread pudding, so it’s worth a look.
What is the best bread to use for bread pudding?
The bread you use for bread pudding should be dense enough to stand up to soaking it in the custard. You want the bread to become soft and wet from the custard without dissolving into mush. The three best breads to use for bread pudding, in my opinion, are:
- Challah bread
- Brioche bread
- French bread
Do you serve bread pudding warm or cold?
You can serve bread pudding warm, room temperature, or cold. I prefer it warm, but I know people who love it straight out of the refrigerator. It’s up to you as to how to enjoy it.
How do I know if bread pudding is done?
Insert a knife into the middle of the bread pudding. If it comes out clean, it’s done!
How do you moisten dry bread pudding?
There’s no real way to fix dry bread pudding. You can’t put moisture into it after it’s cooked. However, you can mitigate the dryness of the bread pudding by serving it with a sauce or ice cream.
Why did my bread pudding come out dry?
There are three reasons that bread pudding ends up being dry. There wasn’t enough custard to soak the bread, there wasn’t enough time allowed for the custard to soak into the bread, or the bread pudding was overcooked.
Ingredients for Pumpkin Spice Bread Pudding
It only takes a handful of ingredients to make both the bread pudding and the glaze. These are super simple ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen. The only thing you’ll have to shop for is the bread and the pumpkin spice creamer. If you’re a pumpkin spice fiend like me, you might already have that, too!
For the Bread Pudding
- Challah bread cut into 1 – 1½ inch squares
- Pumpkin spice coffee creamer
- Large eggs
- Ground cinnamon
For the Glaze
- Powdered sugar
- Vanilla extract
How to Make Pumpkin Spice Bread Pudding
Just like the ingredient list, the steps involved in making the bread pudding are super easy. It only takes a few simple steps to go from a loaf of bread and some ingredients to a decadent, delicious dessert.
Step 1: Prep
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and butter or spray a 13×9 baking dish with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.
Step 2: Make the Bread Pudding
In a large bowl, whisk the eggs, cinnamon, and creamer together. Then, toss the bread cubes to the mixture, stir to coat, and let them sit for 10 minutes.
Step 3: Bake
Pour the bread pudding mixture into the prepared baking dish. Cover with aluminum foil and bake it for 55 – 60 minutes. Remove the foil and continue to bake for 10 additional minutes.
Step 4: Make the Glaze
In a small bowl, whisk powdered sugar, vanilla, and milk together. Pour over the baked bread pudding, serve warm and enjoy!
Try This Delicious Pumpkin Bread Pudding Recipe Today
This pumpkin spice bread pudding is absolutely delicious and ridiculously easy. With a combination like that, you owe it to yourself to give it a try. You’ll be in and out of the kitchen in no time, and everyone will give you rave reviews when they eat this bread pudding. Give it a try, and I know you’ll find yourself making it again and again.
Looking for More Delicious Pumpkin Recipes?
Mini Pumpkin Cheesecakes – These mini cheesecakes are a delicious dessert with a sweet graham cracker crust, topped with a creamy layer of cheesecake, and then finally a rich and custardy layer of pumpkin pie.
Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Cookies – These delicious snickerdoodles are flavored the popular favorite pumpkin spice and are super soft and chewy just like the classic snickerdoodle cookie.
Pumpkin Churros – These churros have that lovely pumpkin spice combination that is so popular and we all love this time of year, plus they’re fun to make with the kids.
And from Great Grub, Delicious Treats, here is an Easy Pumpkin Roll that is always a welcome addition to the dessert table during the holidays.
Easy Pumpkin Spice Bread Pudding
For the Bread Pudding
- Preheat oven to 350° and spray a 13×9 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
For the Bread Pudding
- In a large bowl, whisk eggs, cinnamon and creamer together.
- Add bread pieces to egg mixture. Let sit 10 minutes.
- Pour bread into prepared baking dish.
- Cover with foil and bake for 55-60 minutes.
- Remove foil and continue to bake for 10 additional minutes.
- Carefully remove from oven and top with glaze. Serve warm.
For the Glaze
- In a small bowl, whisk powdered sugar, vanilla, and milk together. Add more milk if needed.
And here are a couple pictures that are perfect to save to your favorite Pinterest boards.