Sunday, May 16, 2010

Pumpkin Bread Pudding with Caramel Rum Raisin Sauce


This amazing recipe is from The Sweet Melissa Baking Book and was picked for us to try with Sweet Melissa Sundays by Carmen of Baking is My Zen, thank you Carmen! I am a new lover of bread pudding, I used to not like the stuff, but after baking Chocolate Bread Pudding for Tuesdays with Dorie and Almond Brioche Bread Pudding for a previous Sweet Melissa Sunday and fiddling with the custard to bread ratio, I've become a huge fan. Turns out I never liked bread pudding because the few times I'd tasted it, I was overcome with mushy bread and eggy custard, two things I can't stand. So now I always up the bread to custard ratio -- I usually do 1/2 recipe of the custard and 3/4 recipe of the bread -- and am rewarded to a delicious bread pudding!

One of my favorite parts of making bread pudding is making my own bread for it. This recipe called for brioche, mmm!

Oven toasted cubes of brioche are then covered with a pumpkin spice custard -- in the recipe you are to use fresh ginger chunks and cinnamon sticks and strain the custard, I just used ground cinnamon and ginger to eliminate the straining.


Before baking...

After baking...note the crunchy cinnamon sugar topping, yum!


The bread pudding is then served with an amazing caramel rum raisin sauce, that starts out with caramalizing sugar, adding cream, and then adding raisins soaking in spiced rum, absolutely delicious!


This has got to be one of my new favorite desserts, it would be perfect served during the fall or even at Thanksgiving, and I'm so glad we got the chance to try it now :)

10 comments:

Julie said...

Beautiful. Love the way it looks with the sauce. I didn't make sauce for mine.

Candy Girl said...

Looks divine! I am so impressed you made your own brioche!

Baking is my Zen...sweet nibbles for the soul said...

You are amazing!! You made the brioche?!! You're a suppa star!! :)

Lovely post and photos.

Thanks for baking with me on SMS.

Carmen

Tracey said...

You've got me curious now Andrea! I don't usually like bread pudding for the same reasons you mentioned so maybe I just need to play around a little more. Great job on the brioche! So glad this one was such a big hit, the combination of flavors does sound wonderful :)

Kelly said...

Just looks lovely. I, too, thought about making brioche, but the weekend got away from me. :)

Tessa said...

Looks awesome, and I'm impressed you made the bread! I'm not sure that I've ever had bread pudding, but I tend to be with you on the "mushy bread" bread thing. I'll keep your ratio changes in mind!

Flourchild said...

Oh yum..it looks so good. I came by yesterday am and you didn't have it up yet, Im glad I checked back today!:0) Im glad you enjoyed the bread pudding!

Tiff said...

Looks lovely and good job going the extra mile and making your own brioche! I really loved this recipe too and am so glad to have in it my fall repertoire.

Baking Sorceress' Apprentice said...

This looks wonderful! Will make it for sure.

Nina said...

wow looks great!
It looks great with the sauce!

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