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Pumpkin Bread Pudding is a great fall dessert. Leftover bread combines with a pumpkin custard for a luscious way to end a meal!

Overhead view of a plated slice of bread pudding next to a baking dish of pumpkin bread pudding

Even though the holidays are looking and definitely feeling very different this year, doesn’t mean that I’m not still all about festive fall desserts that are loaded with cozy seasonal spices – and of course pumpkin.

Although we’re not having our traditional Thanksgiving family dinner this year, I am still going to whip up one heck of a meal. I will admit though that I am a little behind on planning that meal, but I’m going to get organized this week.

One thing I know for sure is that it will include pumpkin roll, pumpkin crunch cake and quite possibly this Pumpkin Bread Pudding.

I first shared this recipe for Pumpkin Bread Pudding from my friend Megan of the blog Stetted several years ago. I remade it recently and felt it was time to remind all of you how delicious it is as well. 

Ingredients for pumpkin bread pudding on a countertop


I’m a huge fan of pumpkin, and have been since before those PSLs came around.

I always keep some pumpkin on hand in the pantry, just in case I get a craving for pumpkin charlotte, pumpkin pancakes, or pumpkin cheesecake. (Pro tip: Target always has pumpkin on clearance after Thanksgiving, and it has a long shelf life!)

Pumpkin custard being whisked together in a white bowl

But while I might be craving a nice slice of pie, I don’t generally crave making a pie crust. Pie crust and I have a history. Pie crust has made me cry.

So, I allow pie crust into my life every once in a while, but I like to look for alternatives to get that pumpkin fix. This time, I knew just what to do, thanks to the leftover loaf of bread on the counter.

Pumpkin bread pudding in a white baking dish, ready to be baked

Pumpkin Bread Pudding comes together really easily, and because you have that creaminess already coming from the pumpkin to add to the custard, you don’t need to add as much milk or eggs as you would in a regular bread pudding. 

I’m not going to call this dessert healthy, but it’s healthy-er? Healthy-ish? Let’s just go with the fact it’s delicious.

Close-up of baked pumpkin bread pudding in a white baking dish


You can use any bread you like to make this Pumpkin Bread Pudding. I used an artisan loaf from Costco, but this would be especially good with challah or even a brioche. 

Just don’t use sliced sandwich bread, please! You need a loaf from the bakery section for this.

Overhead view of baked pumpkin bread pudding in a white baking dish

If your bread is a bit stale, that’s even better.

Grab a bowl and whisk together these ingredients for the custard:

  • Milk
  • Brown sugar
  • Maple syrup
  • Eggs
  • Pumpkin puree
  • Spices: Cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cardamom 
  • Salt
Slice of pumpkin bread pudding next to a fork on a dark plate

If you don’t have all of the individual spices on hand, you could use 2 teaspoons of pumpkin pie spice or apple pie spice instead.

Cut the bread as evenly as possible into 1-inch cubes.  Stir with the custard and make sure you don’t leave any pieces uncoated with the custard mixture. 

Let the whole thing rest for at least 30 minutes. The longer you let it rest, the more the bread will soak up the liquid, so this is a perfect dessert to make ahead and leave in the fridge before baking.

Slice of pumpkin bread pudding topped with whipped cream next to a fork on a plate


There’s no wrong way to serve Pumpkin Bread Pudding. If you like, you can top it with a tasty whiskey butter sauce that I like to use for waffles. Salted caramel sauce would be delicious as well. 

Or just stick with ice cream or homemade whipped cream!

And, just so you know, Pumpkin Bread Pudding is just as good cold as it is warm. Putting that out there just in case there are leftovers.

Caramel sauce being drizzled over a slice of pumpkin bread pudding topped with whipped cream
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Pumpkin Bread Pudding

By: Jamie
4.46 from 108 ratings
Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 40 minutes
Additional Time: 20 minutes
Total: 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Pumpkin bread pudding is a great fall dessert. Leftover bread combines with a pumpkin custard for a luscious way to end a meal!


  • 1 ¼ cups milk
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 ca pumpkin 15 ounces, or just under 2 cups fresh pumpkin puree
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon ground cardamom
  • ¼ teaspoon grated nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ pound artisan bread loaf challah, or sourdough, cubed (7-8 cups)
  • Optional for serving: Ice cream whipped cream, whiskey butter sauce, caramel sauce


  • In a large bowl, whisk together milk, brown sugar, maple syrup, eggs, pumpkin, cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, nutmeg, and salt until well blended. 
  • Add bread and stir carefully to combine, making sure there are no dry pieces remaining. 
  • Lightly coat an 8×8 square baking dish with nonstick spray. Pour the bread into the dish, arranging evenly in the pan. Pour any leftover custard over the top. 
  • Cover with plastic wrap and let sit at room temperature for 30 minutes, or in the refrigerator overnight. 
  • When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350°F. Remove plastic wrap and bake for 35-40 minutes. 
  • Let cool slightly and serve with your favorite topping. 


Serving: 1slice, Calories: 191kcal, Carbohydrates: 29g, Protein: 7g, Fat: 5g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 2g, Trans Fat: 0.01g, Cholesterol: 101mg, Sodium: 229mg, Potassium: 157mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 15g, Vitamin A: 252IU, Vitamin C: 0.1mg, Calcium: 106mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

4.46 from 108 votes (106 ratings without comment)

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  1. Carolyn says:

    4 stars
    If you see this I totally messed up on my first attempt and gave a 4-star review. I thought I had followed the recipe correctly but just now saw it should have been 1/2 lbs bread! Not 1 lb. My error and would like my prior comment removed, please!

    Sorry! Will definitely try this recipe again in the future.

    1. Jamie says:

      So happy to hear you enjoyed this recipe! Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving y our feedback. Have a great day and happy baking!

  2. Carolyn says:

    4 stars
    The overall flavor was very good* and the recipe was very easy to follow. (*Not a cardamom fan so left that out and added cloves.) However, this was my first time making bread pudding so I didn’t know how large to cut the bread, and – maybe that contributed to my next issue – it was too much bread and parts remained dryish even after allowing it all to soak for several hours. I used homemade challah bread and weighed out 1 lbs, then cut it into about 1-inch cubes, maybe some were slightly larger. I made sure every piece was coated with the custard but even then while initially mixing the bread with the custard it seemed a little dry. I wouldn’t mind trying again but will use less bread, maybe 3/4 lbs only.