This pumpkin bread pudding with HOMEMADE SunButter caramel sauce is so warm and cozy! The pumpkin bread pudding is delicious on its own but the SunButter caramel just takes it over the top. It’s so easy to make, from start to finish, and has a unique flavor combo that just works. Now excuse me while I drool over these photos.
I love this pumpkin bread pudding because A – there’s pumpkin so, duh, and B – the SunButter caramel is absolute heaven. It’s not a traditional flavor combination but they work so well together. The caramel sauce is a bit salty which pairs perfectly with the creamy and rich pumpkin bread pudding.
It’s also a warm and comforting fall dessert that makes me do a little happy dance with every bite I take. I love to add ice cream on top of mine. I usually don’t like it when it melts all over but here, it just adds even more creaminess to the pumpkin bread pudding. Feel free to use any flavor you like!
the best types of bread to use in pumpkin bread pudding
Since you’re soaking the bread in the bread pudding custard, you need a bread that won’t collapse when baked. It’s best to use day old bread which most grocery stores sell at a discount. Day old bread is drier which makes it the perfect sponge to soak up the custard.
You also need a bread that’s available by loaf. For bread pudding, you typically cut the bread into cubes. Pre-sliced bread doesn’t allow you the flexibility to cut the bread to your liking.
There are many types of breads you can use in this pumpkin bread pudding recipe. Brioche and Challah are a bit more buttery and rich. This will give you a crispy outside and creamy inside. French bread, which is what I used for this recipe, gives your bread pudding a bit more of a chew. Because of the addition of pumpkin, I wanted to ensure the bread was substantial enough to withstand the extra moisture.
Feel free to use any of the breads listed here! This pumpkin bread pudding recipe will work with any bread pudding-friendly loafs.
how to make the homemade SunButter caramel sauce
This is probably my favorite part of this recipe. The homemade SunButter caramel sauce comes together so quick and adds a unique flavor to this dish. You might be intimidated by the word “homemade” but it’s probably the easiest caramel you’ll ever make!
What’s even better about this recipe is that it only contains THREE ingredients! Yep, you heard that right. And you probably already have them in your kitchen. All you have to do is heat up some maple syrup, natural SunButter, and vanilla. Stir to combine, keep it on the heat for a couple minutes, and there you have it – homemade caramel sauce.
When I bake, I almost ALWAYS shy away from butters that claim to “natural” but for this caramel sauce, it works perfectly. The natural SunButter is a bit thinner which helps give that caramel sauce consistency. Plus, it’s a bit saltier which balances out the sweetness of the maple syrup.
how to serve your pumpkin bread pudding
All bread pudding, not just this pumpkin one, are best served warm and fresh from the oven. It might just be my opinion, but cold bread pudding is just a no go. As it cools, you lose that creamy texture from the soaked bread.
You should also make sure the caramel sauce is warm so that it compliments the warm bread pudding. If it cools down too much, it will thicken and be tough to drizzle over your pumpkin bread pudding.
If you need to reheat your bread pudding, cover it in foil and bake for 5-10 minutes at 350F. It won’t over bake your bread pudding but it will do just enough to bring it up to the temperature that you need.
Looking for even MORE fall recipes? You should also check out…
- Pumpkin bread pudding with maple glaze
- Pumpkin cheesecake cookies
- Spice cake with brown butter cream cheese frosting
- Apple cider crullers
If you make this pumpkin bread pudding with the delicious SunButter caramel sauce, make sure to tag me @butternutbakery on Instagram. I love seeing my recipes come to life in YOUR kitchen! To save this recipe for later, you can pin it using the button on the recipe card, the buttons above or below this post, or on any of the pictures listed above. Happy baking!
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This pumpkin bread pudding has a homemade SunButter caramel sauce that takes it over the top! It’s a delicious flavor combination and is a perfect fall dessert recipe.
Pumpkin Bread Pudding
- 2 one-day-old french baguette loaves, 9 oz each – about 7 cups
- 1 1/2 cups half & half
- 3/4 cup canned pumpkin puree
- 2 whole eggs + 1 egg yolk
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp ground ginger
- 1/8 tsp ground cloves
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 3/4 cup brown sugar, for topping
SunButter Caramel Sauce
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- 1/4 cup natural SunButter
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Pumpkin Bread Pudding
- Slice each baguette length-wise then chop into 1-inch cups. Place in a large bowl and set aside.
- Preheat your oven to 350F and butter a 9×13 baking dish.
- In a mixing bowl, combine the granulated sugar, spices, and salt.
- Whisk in the eggs and then the half and half, pumpkin and vanilla.
- Place your pieces of bread into your custard and make sure each piece is completely soaked/covered. Let it sit for 15 minutes.
- Spoon the mixture into your prepared baking dish and press it down. Pour any remaining custard mixture over top.
- Sprinkle the brown sugar on top of the bread pudding in an even layer. Bake for 45-50 minutes or until the center is set.
SunButter Caramel Sauce
- When there’s 10 minutes left on your bread pudding, start on the caramel sauce.
- In a small saucepan, whisk together the maple syrup, SunButter, and vanilla over medium heat. Keep stirring until it becomes smooth and fully combined.
- Bring it to a boil, still stirring, and cook for about one minute longer. Remove from heat and let it cool for a few minutes.
- Let the pumpkin bread pudding cool for a few minutes and then serve when it’s fresh and warm. Drizzle with the caramel sauce and top with ice cream. Enjoy!
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