Easy Peasy Pumpkin Spice Bread Pudding

Easy Peasy Pumpkin Spice Bread Pudding {Free from: Gluten, Dairy, Eggs, Refined Sugar, oil, soy and corn, and with a nut and grain-free option. Full of: awesome!}

Sometimes a kitchen accident is the best thing that can happen. This pudding is the result of such an accident and I’m so excited about it I’m almost wishing for more accidents so that things like this can come out of my oven more often :) . Seriously, I think this is on my top of the top favorites list of desserts {or breakfasts…} and it’s just a bread pudding. Yep, it’s that good!

I was playing around with a new recipe for a cinnamon raisin bread last week {just having fun with aquafaba experiments} and baked the most delicious-smelling, beautiful-looking radiant loaf of bread. My whole house smelled incredible and everyone kept sticking their noses in the kitchen wondering what’s cooking and whether it’s ready yet…

Easy Peasy Pumpkin Spice Bread Pudding -- failed raisin bread

I couldn’t wait to slice in, but when I went to lift it out of the pan I realized something was seriously wrong. It was heavy as a rock! And dense. SO DENSE. It was no raisin bread — it was a raisin brick! So disappointing because it smelled so good… So I sliced in just to see…

Easy Peasy Pumpkin Spice Bread Pudding

…dense as a rock, but really delicious! I really felt bad throwing it out — it tasted good. What to do…? I contemplated bread and butter pudding and french toast, but settled on pumpkin spice bread pudding — just seemed like the best idea somehow. I was being pestered for more pumpkin cake anyhow since last week, so figured why not — maybe that’ll satisfy them pumpkin cravings…

Easy Peasy Pumpkin Spice Bread Pudding {Free from: Gluten, Dairy, Eggs, Refined Sugar, oil, soy and corn, and with a nut-free option. Full of: awesome!}

So I made it, and it was AMAZING. I can’t even describe how amazing it tasted — all warm, gooey, pumpkiny, sweetly spiced, and all-in-all delicious. Plus just seeing that white cashew drizzle on top made me happy :) And the second round of aroma therapy engulfing the whole house while this was baking was more than welcome.

I was so excited I just wanted to share the recipe right then and there. The excitement the above photo generated on facebook and instagram only confirmed the need for this recipe to get out there. But there was a big BUT in the way — I realized I can’t share a recipe where one of the main ingredients is my failed loaf of bread :D . And so I decided to do a take two — this time with a commercial gluten-free loaf of bread.

Easy Peasy Pumpkin Spice Bread Pudding {Free from: Gluten, Dairy, Eggs, Refined Sugar, oil, soy and corn, and with a nut-free option. Full of: awesome!}

I have bread so rarely though that I didn’t have any stale bread on hand {as stale bread is what you’d normally use for a bread pudding}. I fished around my freezer and found a couple of old frozen loaves. I quickly toasted them in the oven to thaw them out and “stale” them. Then gave the recipe a try again…

Easy Peasy Pumpkin Spice Bread Pudding {Free from: Gluten, Dairy, Eggs, Refined Sugar, oil, soy and corn, and with a nut-free option. Full of: awesome!}

Can the tastiest pumpkin spice-loaded recipe get even tastier? OH YEAH! This turned out soooo good. I was really glad it worked so well with a commercial bread. I was also glad that just toasting the bread did the trick in terms of getting that “stale” firmer texture. So yeah, seems like pretty much any decent-tasting bread {or a firm fail cake, muffins, or loaves} will work here. By the way, if you can pull off and oil-free bread/cake base, then this recipe can be considered oil-free too for those interested… And of course you can go with a grain-free bread if you prefer.

Easy Peasy Pumpkin Spice Bread Pudding {Free from: Gluten, Dairy, Eggs, Refined Sugar, oil, soy and corn, and with a nut-free option. Full of: awesome!}

I also made a few tweaks based on feedback on the previous loaf — everyone said they loved the crunchy top and wanted even more crunch, so I upped the nuts and that did the trick. Also leaving the very top layer not fully covered with the pumpkin mixture helped crisp up the upper layer even more — delicious! I also added a bit more tapioca to thicken the pudding — that worked really well. If you prefer your pudding to be more saucy though, just cut back on the tapioca starch and it’ll be delicious that way too.

Easy Peasy Pumpkin Spice Bread Pudding {Free from: Gluten, Dairy, Eggs, Refined Sugar, oil, soy and corn, and with a nut-free option. Full of: awesome!}

And then I realized I forgot something very important on my first trial run — molasses! That really sealed the deal for me. Molasses in the pudding. Molasses drizzled on top. Took this recipe from amazing to AMAZING.

Easy Peasy Pumpkin Spice Bread Pudding {Free from: Gluten, Dairy, Eggs, Refined Sugar, oil, soy and corn, and with a nut-free option. Full of: awesome!}

Ok, I’ll stop with the caps and excitement now. This recipe was just so good I can’t help it. Sorry, I’m doing it again! :) And the best part is that it’s the easiest thing in the world to make. Such a perfect fall recipe or a holiday breakfast… Mmm… I’m officially kicking pumpkin season off in August in this household this year because of all the pumpkin deliciousness that’s been occurring here lately.

Last quick note: this pudding is sort of a delicious mess, and is to be eaten in a bowl. With extra sauce on top, of course! And an extra drizzle of molasses wouldn’t hurt ;)

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Easy Peasy Pumpkin Spice Bread Pudding
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Makes: 12 servings
 
Ingredients
Pudding Ingredients:
  • 9-10 cups cubed stale gluten-free bread {I toasted some frozen bread in the oven -- roughly 1½ small gf loaves or one normal sized gf loaf. Regular or grain-free bread should work just fine too}
  • 1 cup pecans {or other nuts. Use sunflower seeds or more raisins for nut-free version}
  • 1 cup raisins {or chocolate chips...}
  • 1¼ cups non-dairy milk {I used unsweetened vanilla almond milk}
  • 1 can pumpkin puree {398ml}
  • ¾ cup agave {or maple syrup, honey/honee, brown rice syrup, etc.}
  • 4 tbsp tapioca starch
  • 2 tbsp unsulphured blackstrap molasses
  • 1 tbsp pure vanilla extract
  • Spices: 2 tbsp cinnamon {don’t judge!}, ½ tsp nutmeg, ¼ tsp ginger, ⅛ tsp cloves, ⅛ tsp allspice
  • ¾ tsp salt
Cashew glaze ingredients: {see notes for a nut-free alternative}
  • ¾ cup raw cashews {cover with boiling water and soak for 15 mins, then strain}
  • 1 cup non-dairy milk {I used unsweetened vanilla almond milk}
  • ¼ cup agave {or maple syrup, honey/honee, brown rice syrup, etc.}
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • + a drizzle of molasses
Instructions
  1. Oil a baking pan {I used an 8" x 12" rectangular pan, but anything of a similar size will work}. Fill with bread cubes and spread them out evenly. Sprinkle pecans and raisins over the top and then lightly mix them into the bread cubes. Set the pan aside for a moment.
  2. Place all remaining pudding ingredients in a blender and blend into a smooth mixture. Pour this mixture evenly over the bread cubes in the pan. Set aside for 20 minutes for the mixture to soak so the flavors fuse together.
  3. In the meantime preheat oven to 350F. Bake pudding in the pre-heated oven for 25-30 minutes. Remove from oven and allow the pudding to cool on a rack.
  4. While the pudding is baking, prepare the cashew drizzle by placing all ingredients {except molasses} in a blender and blend until smooth. A power blender works best for a smooth consistency {I used a Vitamix}, but you can also add a bit more non-dairy milk to help with blending and make the mixture a little runnier.
  5. Once the pudding is cool, glaze with the cashew drizzle {reserve extra for adding to servings}, drizzle with some molasses. Scoop up into bowls and serve with extra cashew drizzle and enjoy! Store any leftovers in the fridge.
Notes
*Quick note for those with cashew allergies: as an alternative topping for this cake you can use something like the frosting from this carrot cake.
Your turn to share: is bread pudding a tradition in your family? Favorite way to make it/flavors? Favorite pumpkin treat?

Happy baking!

Audrey

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