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Pumpkin Spice Bread Pudding

Yield Makes 8 servings
If desired, you can make this several hours ahead and reheat it just before serving. Prep: 15 minutes; Stand: 30 minutes; Bake: 1 hour 20 minutes.

Ingredients

  • 1 loaf Pumpkin Spice Bread
  • 4 large eggs
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar, divided
  • 1/4 cup canned unsweetened pumpkin
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 1/2 cups whipping cream
  • Toppings: Whipped cream or vanilla ice cream

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 400°. Cut Pumpkin Spice Bread into 1/2-inch cubes with a serrated knife. Spread cubes in a single layer on a lightly greased jellyroll pan. Bake at 400° for 11 to 14 minutes or until lightly toasted. Remove cubes from oven; set aside. Reduce oven temperature to 350°.

  2. Whisk together eggs, egg yolks, 1/2 cup sugar, pumpkin, lemon zest, and salt in a large mixing bowl until well blended. Whisk in milk and 1 1/2 cups whipping cream until blended.

  3. Add toasted pumpkin bread cubes to custard mixture, stirring gently to moisten evenly. Let stand 20 minutes.

  4. Grease an 11- x 7-inch baking dish. Pour bread pudding mixture into baking dish, spreading evenly; sprinkle with remaining 2 tablespoons sugar.

  5. Pour hot tap water to a depth of 3/4 inch in a roasting pan. Place roasting pan in oven. Place baking dish containing bread pudding in center of roasting pan. Bake at 350° for 1 hour 10 minutes or until set at center. Let stand 10 minutes before serving. Serve warm with whipped cream or ice cream.