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10.19.2012

Pumpkin Bread Pudding and a GIVEAWAY!



I'm a little sad... two days left of Pumpkin Week. Today we have Jen from Savory Simple she is sharing her Pumpkin Bread Pudding with us. I absolutely adore Jen and her blog... as well as the cute photos I see of her cat Sofi on Instagram. Her writing and knowledge of food is what hooked me imminently. Not to mention her stunning food photos. Go check out her blog Savory Simple, I just know you will all enjoy it as much as I do!

Does anything say comfort better than bread pudding? I won't lie, there are times I look forward to my bread going stale, just so I can make a batch of bread pudding for a Sunday brunch, or a special dessert. What better way to celebrate Pumpkin Week than with a comforting dish like Pumpkin Bread Pudding?

Be sure to check out today's giveaway sponsored by Green & Black's Organic Chocolate.



Bread pudding was never something that appealed to me when I was growing up. My exposure
to food was somewhat limited and bread pudding just wasn’t served to me at home or on the
road. I wasn’t a picky eater but I was definitely a creature of habit. Now that I think about it, I
don’t believe I even tried bread pudding until I was in my mid to late 20s. It was fine. Not habit
forming, as my husband would say. It wasn’t something I would order off the dessert menu over
cake or pie.
As the years went on, though, I grew to really love custard. Creme anglaise, pastry cream,
curd... heck, even ice cream is technically a custard. It’s funny how looking at the same
ingredients from a different perspective suddenly makes them that much more exciting. When I
was training at culinary school, we made custards and fresh breads on a regular basis. So when
it finally came time to make bread pudding, I got it. For the first time I understood the appeal
of bread pudding. Because seriously, what’s not to love about fresh custard and homemade
bread?
This recipe is very similar to what we made in school that very day. Both brioche and challah
work perfectly, but you definitely want to use bread that’s a few days old and dry. I know it
seems counter intuitive but if you use fresh bread it will get very mushy in the custard and lose
it’s shape. It will still taste good regardless. Also, do as I say and not as I do. I waited one day
and could tell the bread wasn’t completely dry but was over-eager to devour the dessert. And
you can sort of see it in my photos. There’s some shape but a few areas are lacking texture.



Pumpkin Bread Pudding
Active Time: 15 minutes
Inactive Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour, 45 minutes
Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients:

1 pound brioche or challah loaf (old/dry bread works best)
1/2 cup half and half
1/2 cup milk (whole, low fat, non-dairy, etc.)
2 large eggs
2.5 ounces sugar
a splash of vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1/4 cup pumpkin puree (preferably fresh, not canned)
optional: 1/2 tablespoon pumpkin powder (see notes)

Method:

1. Whisk together the pumpkin, eggs, sugar and vanilla.
2. Whisk a small amount of the half and half into the pumpkin pie spice and pumpkin
powder to avoid lumps. Whisk the spice mixture into to eggs.
3. Whisk in the rest of the half and half and almond milk.
4. Trim crusts off the bread and slice into chunky squares.
5. Line the bread in a gratin dish. I used a single 1-quart dish but you can also use several
smaller dishes.
6. Pour 3/4 of the custard over the bread. Push the bread down to make sure everything
soaks with the custard.
7. Chill at least 30 minutes or overnight.
8. Add the remaining custard to the gratin dish.
9. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F.
10. Place the gratin dish in a larger baking dish and fill the larger dish with warm water.
11. Cook the bread pudding until the custard sets, approximately 1 hour.
12. Serve lukewarm.
Notes:
Pumpkin powder* isn't essential but it adds color and flavor. I use it in almost all of my pumpkin
dishes.



Now for a sweet giveaway from Green & Black's Organic Chocolate! 

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Green & Black's Organic Chocolate has offered to send one lucky reader a 6 pack of chocolate bars some coupons for more chocolate and a useful Green & Blacks bag! . I have tried every flavor I can find on the market... Let me tell you all. Hands down my favorite chocolate company. If there is one thing this girl knows it's quality chocolate and this my friends is spectacular! As I type I am munching on a piece of their ginger dark chocolate. HOLY YUM! To read more about Green & Blacks Organic Chocolate read these reviews and recipes I made using it. Sweet Potato Dark Chocolate Chunk Cookies and Pumpkin Brownie Pie. Or you can check out their website by clicking HERE

How to enter:

Bread pudding and chocolate are a couple of my favorite comfort foods. Leave a comment below telling me what your favorite comfort food is.

Additional entry options, leave a separate comment for each completed entry:

1) Follow Bakeaholic Mama on Facebook, click HERE.
2) Follow Savory Simple on Facebook, click HERE.
3) Follow Green & Blacks Organic Chocolate on Facebook, click HERE.
4) Follow Bakeaholic Mama on Twitter, click HERE.
5) Follow Savory Simple on Twitter, click HERE.
6) Follow Green & Blacks Organic Chocolate, click HERE.
7) Tweet the following "I just entered to win @GreenBlacksUS 's Organic Chocolate on @BakeaholicMama ."

One winner will be chosen. Giveaway open to US residents. Giveaway ends  10/25/12 at 9pm. Winner will be chosen on 10/26 at 9am.

(Disclosure, I have received no monetary compensation to write this post. All opinions are my own. Green & Blacks Organic Chocolate provided me with some chocolate samples and will be providing one reader with the same)
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81 comments:

  1. Any fruit pastry or anything cheesecake.

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  2. Gorgeous!! To me, comfort food is a fresh loaf of bread or an unopened bag of pita chips. I can never get enough!

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  3. My mother's huckleberry apple pie is my ultimate comfort food

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  4. I Follow Bakeaholic Mama on Facebook

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  5. I Follow Bakeaholic Mama on Twitter @immortalb4

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  6. https://twitter.com/immortalb4/status/259173788565008384

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  7. What a gorgeous pudding! I've never made a pumpkin bread pudding and this recipe sounds delicious! Great guest post by Jen! :)

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  8. my comfort food is chocolate and ice cream, preferably together... although I'm also a nut for dried mango.

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  9. I follow Savory Simple on twitter.

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  10. I follow Green & Blacks on twitter.

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  11. My favorite comfort food - a simple baked sweet potato with butter and pepper.

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    1. And next would be Chocolate. I love the Green and Black's ice cream but no one is carrying it in my area anymore :(. But we've still got the bars at Good Foods.

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  12. My comfort food is an everything bagel - hollowed out and toasted with scallion cream cheese.

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  13. I like Green & Blacks on Facebook.

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  14. I follow Savory Simple on twitter.

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  15. Homemade chicken pot pie if I need savory comfort food. Warm out of the oven chocolate chip cookie if I need sweet comfort food.

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  16. I follow bakeaholic mama on FB.

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  17. I follow savory simple on FB.

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  18. I follow green & blacks on FB.

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  19. It sounds bizarre but I love chickpeas cooked with balsamic vinegar. I also love canned apricots and potatos and onions cooked in butter.

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  20. My favorite comfort food is dark chocolate covered almonds with a glass of red wine. My son absolutely loves bread pudding and I know he will enjoy this pumpkin version. It will be a wonderful surprise this weekend.

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  21. I've never had a real bread pudding but this sounds fantastic!

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  22. Pizza, peanut butter & chocolate together in anything, and mac and cheese

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  23. I love pumpkin week! I've never been sure about bread pudding though, but then I've never brought myself to try it either :)

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  24. Mmm, mmm. Mashed potatoes.

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  25. Pumpkin bread pudding is my comfort food. Cold crisp air outside, leaves falling and the smell of cinnamony pumpkin goodness wafting from the oven. That says fall right there. Great post!

    xo

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  26. The PERFECT Thanksgiving dessert! Thanks for that girls!

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  27. My favorite comfort food is brownies

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  28. homemade mashed potatoes :)

    demureprincess7(at)gmail(dot)com

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  29. I looove chicken + cream of mushroom soup over rice. Totally not gourmet, but my mom made it all the time when we were growing up!

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  30. I love brownies with frosting or I also love banana cake with cream cheese frosting or if I really indulge it is creme brulee.

    msgb245 at gmail dot com

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  31. chocolate is the number one comfort food I go for.. baked mac and cheese they way my mom made it.. pasta and cheesecake.. lately fall spices.. pumpkin..love it all!

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  32. My favorite comfort food is Dark Chocolate Panna Cotta. My whole family is crazy about chocolate. :)

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

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  33. Following Bakeaholic Mama on Facebook.

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  34. Following Bakeaholic Mama on Twitter

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  35. Following Green & Blacks Organic Chocolate on Facebook

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  36. To go against the grain, I have to say I am definitely more comforted when I eat light and fresh meals, when I work up a sweat and when I get outdoors, despite the frigid temperatures and dampness of winter. So comfort meal? A tangy fruit salad, a quinoa toss with greens, and some hearty kidney bean cookies with a cup of hot tea. That, to me, is comfort at its core.

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  37. I'm Canadian... so I'm not entering... just commenting :)

    I love beef stew... or any kind of creamy soup really. Yum! Best comfort food ever!

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  38. Mmmmm...what a delicious guest post! I'm the bread pudding lover in this household...so I just have to wait till I visit my parents to whip up a batch. My mom will most definitely help me devour it...one of her favorites. And I've never tried pumpkin before! Thank you both for sharing!

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  39. Definitely chocolate, especially brownies.
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  40. Butter-laden, skillet-baked cornbread!
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  41. I liked Green & Blacks Organic Chocolate on Facebook.

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  42. i already follow savory simple on fb

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  43. chocolate/ice cream/ and soups are my comfort foods

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  44. I love focaccia bread with mozzarella.

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  45. I love focaccia bread with mozzarella.

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  46. I've grown up loving custard. English custard...mmmmm yum :)

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  47. My favorite comfort food is ... probably chocolate but it would have to wrestle with dips and bread pudding and cheese and bread and soup, Mexican food, and even, yes, crazy as it sounds, salad.

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