Pumpkin, Caramel and Cinnamon Bread Pudding

I’m not sure what I’m more excited about – this delicious bread pudding recipe, or the fact that I got some really scrumptious looking photos of this recipe.

This is an easy dessert that you can put in the crock pot / slow cooker at lunch and have a hot, gooey, sweet, decadent dessert for dinner.  Please note – this isn’t a sit-at-the-table dessert; this is a sit-in-your-favourite-chair-under-cozy-blanket-with-a fire-burning kind of treat.  Warm bread pudding with flavours of pumpkin and cinnamon and a soft caramel ribbon streamed through it.  Top it with vanilla ice cream for an ooey gooey, melty treat.

Pumpkin, Cinnamon and Caramel Bread Pudding - slow cooker dessert

You will need:

  • 1/2 loaf of day old bread
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 1 1/2 cups half ‘n half cream
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup melted (salted) butter
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 2 cups caramels
  • Optional: vanilla ice cream and caramel drizzle to finish

Pumpkin, Cinnamon and Caramel Bread Pudding - slow cooker dessert

  1. Butter your slow cooker to prevent too much sticking.
  2. Cut your bread into 1″ cubes and place in the slow cooker.
  3. Mix together the rest of the ingredients (except caramels) until thoroughly combined.
  4. Cut your caramel squares into quarters until you have approximately 2 cups.  Add the caramels to the liquid mixture and stir.
  5. Pour over top of the bread cubes and carefully fold everything together until all of the bread is coated and the caramels are evenly distributed.
  6. Cook in the slow cooker for 3 hours on low or until a knife inserted into the pudding comes out clean.

Bread Pudding - 4

Come on, admit it – the photos are kind of making you hungry right?  Look at the melted caramel bits mixed in with the spiced bread!

Pumpkin, Cinnamon and Caramel Bread Pudding - slow cooker dessert

This dessert is good hot or cold – in fact, Hubby prefers it cold.  He says it brings out more of the flavours.  I shared it with a few neighbours to make sure I wasn’t biased in posting this and they LOVED it.  One suggested that chopped pecans (or candied pecans) might be a nice addition to give it a bit of crunch – but that’s personal preference.

Bread Pudding - 2

Pumpkin, Cinnamon and Caramel Bread Pudding - slow cooker dessert

The only part of this bread pudding that wasn’t completely easy – okay, still easy, but tedious – was unwrapping and cutting each caramel into quarters.  You could probably leave them whole if you are true caramel lover, but I like bits of caramel mixed throughout and not one larger glob.

Pumpkin, Cinnamon and Caramel Bread Pudding - slow cooker dessert

Go cut up some bread and get your slow cooker going – you can impress your family by dinner!

Have a great one!

 

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