Pumpkin Praline Stuffed Bread Pudding

Alright, I have a fondness for pralines, but let's be honest, they can be quite challenging to prepare. So, I came up with the idea of “stuffing” their ingredients into bread pudding, creating a hassle-free, one-pan dessert. This is an absolute gem, especially during the holiday season. The aroma as it bakes is enough to warm anyone's heart.  Now, a little backstory: I've never been a fan of traditional bread pudding because it often ends up either too soggy or too dry for my liking. However, I embarked on this culinary adventure, combining brioche bread with pumpkin puree, resulting in a dish that's incredibly moist and downright scrumptious. Believe me, this recipe completely revolutionized my perception of bread pudding, making it an absolute must-try.

Serving size: 6-8 people
Time: 1 hour and 15 minutes

Ingredients for the bread pudding:

  • 1 large loaf of brioche or any bread, torn into pieces (use 1 dz donuts, cut into 4ths to make for a breakfast version)
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 1 ½ cups half & half
  • 1 15 ounce can pumpkin purée
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • ¼ cup melted butter
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin spice
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Ingredients for the praline sauce:

  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup chopped pecans


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Spray a 9 x 13 casserole dish with cooking spray and place the bread pieces into the dish.
  3. In a bowl, whisk together all the ingredients except for the praline sauce ingredients.
  4. Slowly pour the batter over the bread pieces in the baking dish. Using a spatula, fold the sauce around so all the bread is covered.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.
  6. While the bread pudding is baking, make the praline sauce.
  7. In a saucepan over low heat, melt the butter then stir in the brown sugar and cream. 
  8. Bring mixture to a boil for 1 minute.
  9. Reduce heat to low and stir in the pecans. Simmer until the sauce thickens for about 5 minutes.
  10. Pour the sauce over the bread pudding. 
  11. Let cool for at least 10 minutes before serving. Enjoy!