As usual, I prepared this year’s Thanksgiving dinner for my family and me. I make almost everything from scratch, but this year I decided to outdo myself and make everything homemade, including the bread rolls. The turkey and sides are always expected to be outstanding; this time, I wanted the dessert to match up with the main course. I knew I wanted a pumpkin bread recipe, but it couldn’t be any old bread pudding with store bought challah. Luckily, I came across an amazing recipe by Bobby Flay that tells you how to make pumpkin bread and two sauces to accompany it. I’m not going to sugarcoat it, this is one intense dessert, but trust me, it’s definitely worth it. Here is pumpkin bread pudding with caramel apple sauce and vanilla bean creme anglaise!
- 2 cups heavy cream
- 1 cup whole milk
- 1 vanilla bean, seeds scraped
- 6 large egg yolks
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 3 tbsp pure maple syrup
- 1 cup pure canned pumpkin puree
- 2 tbsp bourbon
- Pumpkin Bread, toasted and cubed, recipe follows
- Vanilla Bean Creme Anglaise, recipe follows
- Spicy Caramel Apple Sauce, recipe follows
- Freshly whipped cream
- 4 tbsp unsalted butter, softened, plus more for greasing
- 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 tsp fine salt
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp ground allspice
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp ground cloves
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- 8 ounces (scant 1 cup) canned unsweetened pumpkin puree
- 2 large eggs
- 2/3 cup water
- 2 cups half-and-half
- 1/2 vanilla bean, seeds scraped
- 5 large egg yolks
- 1/3 cup pure cane sugar
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1/2 cup apple juice
- 1 star anise
- 1 -inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and chopped
- 4 whole cloves
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 1 tbsp apple schnapps
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**Helpful tips and common mistakes
If you’re ready for the challenge and want to make some serious dessert, get your apron on and start preparing for this epic recipe. This is the perfect dessert for the holidays or if you’re just looking for something sweet on a cold chilly day.
First step is making the pumpkin bread. Bread puddings usually use day old bread to prevent it from getting too soggy in the baking process. Keeping this in mind, I decided to make the pumpkin bread the night before. Once baked and cooled, cut into cubes. Spread out on a baking sheet and let dry out overnight. The following day, toast the pumpkin to ensure any excess moisture is dried out.
The pumpkin bread alone has great flavor with strong notes of cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg. The sauces and custard for the bread pudding sweeten up the dish so there’s no need in loading up on sugar for the actual bread.
When preparing the custard in which to bake the bread in, make sure to use real vanilla bean. Sure you can use vanilla extract instead, but you won’t get the natural vanilla bean flavor. Trust me, there is a difference. To open the pod, simply cut a slit down the center. Split open the pod and scrape out the seeds with a knife. Mix both the pod and seeds into the custard, discarding the pod after.
Let the bread soak up the custard than bake in a water bath. The bread pudding should set when it’s done baking. If you jiggle the baking dish and the dessert is loose, it needs to bake a little longer.
While the bread pudding is in the oven, prepare the sauces. The vanilla creme anglaise is a light custard that is often served as a sauce. The consistency will be thin and should be easily pour-able, not like a traditional custard.
For the caramel apple sauce, you’re basically making caramel sauce with extra spices and flavorings. This sauce will also be a bit thinner on the consistency than normal caramel sauce because of the additional liquid from the apple juice. I strained my sauce after it was done to avoid having bits of ginger stuck in my teeth.
Serve this dessert warm, drizzling the creme anglaise and caramel apple sauce on top. I snuck in a taste before serving this pumpkin bread pudding and I kid you not, I was very much impressed. The bread pudding screams just enough pumpkin with lovely notes of spices from the two sauces. Hard work? Yes. Worth it? Without a doubt.
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