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Caramel-Pecan-Pumpkin Bread Puddings

Photo: Jim Franco; Styling: Lynda White
Prep time 27 mins
Total time 9 hrs, 22 mins
Yield Makes 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

How to Make It

  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.

  7. TRY THIS TWIST

  8. 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