Goodbye Pumpkin Pie, Hello Caramel-Pecan-Pumpkin Bread Pudding!

Caramel-Pecan-Pumpkin Bread Pudding #thanksgiving #dessert #pumpkin

Goodbye Pumpkin Pie,

Meet your replacement at our Thanksgiving table~

Caramel-Pecan-Pumpkin Bread Pudding!

Caramel-Pecan-Pumpkin Bread Pudding #thanksgiving #dessert #pumpkin

I found a recipe for Caramel-Pecan-Pumpkin Bread Pudding  in Southern Living Magazine. I made half a recipe to try it before Turkey Day, baking it in jars to see it received the official hungry-pilgrim stamp of approval :) The Caramel-Pecan Sauce guarantees it will be gobbled up if you’re looking for a dessert for your Thanksgiving feast!

You can make this Bread Pudding in individual ramekins or keep it simple and bake it in a 9 x 13 pan and dish it up when ready to serve!

Caramel-Pecan-Pumpkin Bread Pudding #thanksgiving #dessert #pumpkin



4 large eggs

2 (15-oz.) cans pumpkin

1 1/2 cups milk

1 cup half-and-half

1 cup granulated sugar

1/2 teaspoon salt

*1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

*1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

*(I used 1 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice instead of cinnamon and nutmeg)

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 (12-oz.) French bread loaf, cut into 1-inch pieces (about 10 cups)

Caramel-Pecan-Pumpkin Bread Pudding #thanksgiving #dessert #pumpkin


1 cup pecans, chopped

1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar

1/2 cup butter

1 tablespoon light corn syrup

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Caramel-Pecan-Pumpkin Bread Pudding #thanksgiving #dessert #pumpkin


Prepare Bread Pudding: 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.

Caramel-Pecan-Pumpkin Bread Pudding #thanksgiving #dessert #pumpkin

 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 baking sheet.

 Bake at 350° for 50 minutes, shielding with foil after 30 minutes.

Caramel-Pecan-Pumpkin Bread Pudding #thanksgiving #dessert #pumpkin

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. 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.

Caramel-Pecan-Pumpkin Bread Pudding #thanksgiving #dessert #pumpkin

Remove bread pudding from oven; drizzle with Caramel-Pecan Sauce. Bake 5 minutes or until sauce is thoroughly heated and begins to bubble.

Caramel-Pecan-Pumpkin Bread Pudding #thanksgiving #dessert #pumpkin

 For One-Dish Caramel-Pecan-Pumpkin Bread Pudding: Prepare recipe and 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. Prepare Caramel-Pecan Sauce, add to bread pudding and bake  and additional 5 minutes or until bubbly and heated.


Caramel-Pecan-Pumpkin Bread Pudding #thanksgiving #dessert #pumpkin

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  36 comments for “Goodbye Pumpkin Pie, Hello Caramel-Pecan-Pumpkin Bread Pudding!

  1. franki
    November 13, 2013 at 6:06 pm

    Good grief!! That is totally sinful and I’m in!! franki

  2. November 13, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    Oh, how delicious sounding…….Sharing this with my friend Portia in RI…aka The Bread Pudding Queen in our cooking circles…she even has a blog dedicated to bread puddings!

  3. November 13, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    Looks yummy. I am going to post one that uses pumpkin bread as the base. Anything bread pudding is great!!

  4. Sandi Lee
    November 13, 2013 at 6:25 pm

    One of my son’s favorites is bread pudding so we will try it this year for Wednesday night dessert to follow crock pot potato soup. Where did you find the adorable turkey mini tureens? It looks fabulous and the little turkeys make it look even more so!

    • November 13, 2013 at 6:36 pm

      Thanks Sandi! They came from World Market last year :)

  5. November 13, 2013 at 6:53 pm

    Yummy! Your table looks so nice, too!

  6. November 13, 2013 at 7:15 pm

    Wow, if that dessert doesn’t knock my sock off, Mary!! I love bread pudding and this is over the top. Mmmm! xo

  7. Susan
    November 13, 2013 at 7:32 pm

    Oh, my gosh!! I cannot wait to make this for my family!! I LOVE anything with Pumpkin and this is certain to be well received and enjoyed. Thank you so much for all of the wonderful recipes, ideas, serving suggestions and beautiful photography that you so cheerfully share with us. I pray that you and yours have a truly blessed and Happy Thanksgiving!!

  8. November 13, 2013 at 8:17 pm

    Sure sounds good Mary-cute turkey bakers! I like bread pudding… have to get me some pecans:@)

  9. Chris Barron
    November 13, 2013 at 8:21 pm

    I love your blog and especially, your photography! This bread pudding sounds like the “ultimate” dessert!

  10. November 13, 2013 at 8:36 pm

    Mary, just today my sister-in-law wrote to say she wanted to prepare bread pudding for our Thanksgiving meal. I think she has a recipe in mind, but I’m forwarding this to her just in case. This looks delicious. Love the idea of presenting it in individual servings. Your turkey dish is adorable!

  11. Cheryl
    November 13, 2013 at 10:36 pm

    I love your turkey casserole! And your bread pudding sounds delish. But my daughter would be very upset if we did not have pumpkin pie, as it’s her favorite. Oh well, guess we’ll just have to have both.

  12. November 14, 2013 at 2:08 am

    Wow! This just sounds scrumptious!! You make it sound so good!! I just love all your pictures to go along with your descriptions!! Hugs to you and the girls!! Jeanne, Chloe & LadyBug

  13. November 14, 2013 at 8:59 am

    This just looks and sounds absolutely fabulous!! You have created a little dish that is like heaven for the senses because I can almost smell it too, your photos are that wonderful!!

  14. November 14, 2013 at 9:42 am

    If this recipe tastes half as good as it looks, it will be a new standard Thanksgiving Dish. I plan to try this for my 94 year “young” Grandmother who has shared some pretty great stories about Bread Pudding in house growing up. Thank you for sharing.

  15. November 14, 2013 at 10:49 am

    another glimpse of our twin tables, thank heavens we don’t have to shop next door to each other, the cat fights would be manic over all the goodies we both seam to adore!


  16. November 14, 2013 at 8:35 pm

    This I would make for myself, and eat the whole thing! My family won’t eat anything pumpkin unless it’s pumpkin pie. Thanks for sharing.

  17. November 14, 2013 at 10:38 pm

    I am not sure why, but I’ve never developed a taste for bread pudding. As good as yours looks and sounds, I think we’ll stick with pumpkin pie.

  18. November 15, 2013 at 8:08 am

    Hands down winner! I don’t like pumpkin pie anyway, but bread covered in a caramel pecan sauce sounds like heaven! I admire you for doing taste testing, and I love the jars! Clever clever! My SIL is bringing dessert this year, I should send her your way with a few hints!! I love your turkey tureens too~ Can’t wait to see what else you are making, I’m still working on our menu, can’t decide! I wonder if I could slip this bread pudding in as a side dish!

  19. November 15, 2013 at 8:23 am

    Mary…I am not a fan of bread pudding, but this one is one that I know I would love…the combination of carmel, pecan and pumpkin is a winning combination and I am pinning this and taking this recipe to my sister’s for Thanksgiving!…your presentation is always magnificent!…Have a wonderful weekend Mary!!

  20. November 15, 2013 at 2:59 pm

    Mmmmm, but I do have to admit, I can’t live without my traditional pumpkin pie since my recipe is so divine, so this would be an addition. Thanks for sharing. Looks delightful!!

  21. November 17, 2013 at 9:59 pm

    This recipe sounds great!

    Great to have you at Seasonal Sundays.

    – The Tablescaper

  22. Bev
    November 18, 2013 at 11:14 am

    Looks wonderful…love those turkey dishes!

  23. Marty@A Stroll Thru Life
    November 19, 2013 at 8:36 am

    Oh my, this looks soooooooooooooooooo good. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  24. November 19, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    Bread Pudding is on the agenda for this week, but not this variety. It looks delish and I can see it in my future.

  25. November 19, 2013 at 2:13 pm

    This looks delicious! I am doing a Thanksgiving Round-Up Series next week on my blog and I would love to share this recipe. Please email me if you are happy for me to include this recipe (and any other Thanksgiving delights you may have to share!) Ruth x

  26. December 6, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    Appreciation to my father who told me regarding this website, this blog is truly amazing.

  27. November 24, 2014 at 6:40 am

    Sounds delicious. I may not trade it for pumpkin pie, but I see this bread pudding in my near future!

  28. Rhonda
    November 26, 2015 at 8:20 pm

    Well there is nothing like being the ‘hit’ dish at family Thanksgiving dinner. I made the 9×13 pan version and it was the most talked about! Thank you again for another winning recipe.

    • Rhonda
      November 24, 2016 at 9:37 am

      I made this deliciousness for the 2nd year and took it to work. Now several of my co-workers are making it for their Thanksgiving dinners too!

      • November 24, 2016 at 11:06 am

        Hi Rhonda, I’m so glad it was a hit! Happy Thanksgiving to you!

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