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Pumpkin Pecan Cream Cheese Bread Pudding With Warm Caramel Sauce Recipe

Because you can never get enough pumpkin after Labor Day. Because guests are oooing and ahhhing over this bread pudding once again. Because I meant to blog this two years ago when I created it. And because I finally found my handwritten recipe, I’m sharing this pumpkiny, caramely, pecany, cream cheesy dessert with you.


  • 8 large eggs
  • One 30 ounce can of pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped pecans (optional)
  • One 16 ounce loaf of French bread (doesn’t have to be exact)
Place all ingredients except French bread into a large bowl.

Stir together until everything is well combined and, well, you know, pumpkin pie-ish.

Tear bread into about 1 inch pieces and then add to pumpkin mixture.
Stir until bread is coated in pumpkin goodness.
Place pumpkiny goodness into a 9 x13 pan that has been coated with butter or sprayed with baking spray. Cover with saran wrap and place in fridge overnight or for at least few hours.
After the punkin’ puddin’ and bread have had a chance to get to know one another well, remove from fridge and get ready for the toppings. What is a dessert without toppin’s? First, preheat oven to 350F.
  • 2 eight ounce packages of cream cheese, softened
  • 3 teaspoons of lemon juice
  • 2/3 cup of sugar
Blend all cream cheese filling ingredients together well. You can plop small scoops on the top of the bread pudding or you can use a decorating bag and make pretty swirls like this.

Then brace yourself for it is streusel time. This can be made the night before and saved in the fridge as well.


  • 1 stick cold butter cut into small pieces
  • 1 1/2 cup flour
  • 2/3 cup of uncooked oatmeal
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup pecans

Place streusel ingredients in a food processor and pulse until all ingredients incorporate into a crumbly streusel. Sprinkle all over the top of the bread pudding. Loverly.

Bake bread pudding for about an hour or until a knife poked into the middle comes out clean.

And at the risk of losing my sainthood, I introduce you to something that will surely have a permanent fixture upon Heaven’s glorious banqueting table. Warm caramel sauce. Amen.

Homemade Caramel Sauce

  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 2 cups brown sugar, packed
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream

This is one of those recipes where mise en place is key. Have all your ducks in a row. Be a good scout, always be prepared. Okay, you get the idea.

Melt butter over low heat in medium-large saucepan. After it is fully melted, stir in brown sugar and salt. Turn heat up to medium to medium-high heat and watch closely.

When sauce starts to boil and get foamy looking, simmer for about three minutes over medium heat

After simmering, carefully add in heavy whipping cream. The sauce’s reaction to the cream is pretty jumpy, so be careful.

Stir together and remove from heat. Allow to cool for a bit before using so you don’t burn yourself. Fresh out of the pan caramel sauce is very hot.

Allow bread pudding to set for at least a half an hour then serve topped with caramel sauce and then sprinkle a few chopped pecans on top.

I present thee with Pumpkin Pecan Caramel Cream Cheese Bread Pudding With Warm Caramel Sauce. You’re welcome. I’m sorry. You’re welcome.

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7 Responses

  1. I must be missing something…do you use actual Pumpkin in this recipe?

    • admin

      Thank you, Normajean! Yes! Yes! Yes! I was having internet connection issues and kept feeling like I was missing something as I finished posting. I’m so glad you caught that. Pumpkin bread pudding without the pumpkin? Well, that would just be wrong. 🙂

  2. Dawn Kinzel

    I was with you up until “set for at least a half an hour” – That’s almost as funny as “let brownies cool before eating.” Ha! I think I’d rather burn my mouth than allow such lusciousness to go unappreciated for another millisecond! 🙂

  3. OH. MY. GOD. I didn’t know it was possible for all of my favorite desserts to be summed up in my most favorite of them all. (Bread pudding.) I’ve died and either gone to sugar heaven or hell, I’m not sure. Seeing as it’s the holidaze, I suppose I can give in and let myself make this. And eat it. All of it. I’m not sharing.

  4. Robin

    Are the butter/sugar amounts for your caramel sauce correct? I melted half a cup of butter and then added the sugars but was unable to whisk them together because there was too much sugar for the butter. I tried stirring it with a wooden spoon but it was pretty thick so simmering until foamy was pretty much out of the question. I stirred them together for about 4 minutes.and added the cream when the butter and sugars started to separate. What did I do wrong?

  5. Jill.

    Thank u for this beautiful recipe. It’s in the oven. 🙂

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