It’s time to start thinking about our Thanksgiving dinner and all the wonderful recipes we want to make. One of my favorite desserts to serve is this delicious Pumpkin Bread Pudding with Maple Pecan Caramel Sauce and Bourbon Cream.

A bread pudding is a baked dessert made with cubes of bread soaked in a mixture of eggs, milk, sugar and flavorings.

I did a newsletter in 2010 featuring chef Brian Olenjack and he shared some wonderful Thanksgiving recipes. I loved this dessert so much that I made it last year for Thanksgiving and got rave reviews. I will for sure serve it again this year!

Pumpkin Bread Pudding with Maple Pecan Caramel Sauce and Bourbon Cream

Pumpkin Bread Pudding

  • 5 each Large Eggs
  • 1 can Pumpkin Puree, 15 oz. can
  • 1 cup Heavy Cream
  • 1 cup Half and Half
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 1 tsp. Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. Kosher Salt
  • 1/4 tsp. Nutmeg
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Lime juiced
  • 1 Loaf White Bread (1 inch cut, lightly toasted)

Mix everything except bread until well blended.

Add mixture to bread

and lightly toss, careful not to break up bread. Allow to soak for 2 hours (stir every 30 minutes).

Evenly distribute mix in two lightly sprayed 8″ baking dishes

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and cover with plastic wrap and foil. (Use just enough plastic wrap to cover top. Be sure the foil is tucked under around all edges to cover all the plastic wrap to ensure steaming).

Bake in oven at 300 degrees for 40 minutes. Uncover and bake an additional 15 minutes.

Maple Pecan Caramel Sauce

  • 1/3 cup Sugar
  • 1/4 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Maple Syrup
  • 1 cup Heavy Cream
  • 1/2 cup Pecans
  • 1/2 tsp. Salt

Mix all the ingredients in a saucepan.

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Cook over high heat until mixture reaches 220 degrees on the candy thermometer.
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Let cool for 20 minutes and skim surface if necessary.

Bourbon Cream

  • 3 oz. Bourbon
  • 1/2 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1 qt. Heavy Cream

Chill mixing bowl

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and whip cream, gradually add sugar, and bourbon whipping to make soft to medium peaks.

Plating Cut a large square of bread pudding and place on a dessert plate, ladle the warm caramel sauce over the pudding and dollop with a generous scoop of bourbon whipped cream. Serve.

Sooner or later, you will find yourself preparing your first Thanksgiving dinner and this Pumpkin Bread Pudding will be the perfect dessert to impress! If your an old hand at preparing Thanksgiving dishes, I think this recipe will be one you will add to your collection and use it for years to come! Enjoy!