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.
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
- Butter your slow cooker to prevent too much sticking.
- Cut your bread into 1″ cubes and place in the slow cooker.
- Mix together the rest of the ingredients (except caramels) until thoroughly combined.
- Cut your caramel squares into quarters until you have approximately 2 cups. Add the caramels to the liquid mixture and stir.
- 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.
- Cook in the slow cooker for 3 hours on low or until a knife inserted into the pudding comes out clean.
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!
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.
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.
Go cut up some bread and get your slow cooker going – you can impress your family by dinner!
Have a great one!