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Pumpkin Bread Pudding
Adapted from Gourmet Magazine, October 2007
There is utter genius in combining two of life’s great pleasures, baked French toast and pumpkin pie, into something you could as easily eat for dessert as a decadent brunch side dish. If you dot it with vanilla bean flecked yogurt, I don’t think people would remember a single other thing you made. And if you invited me over, I might never leave.
I made a few of my own adaptations to this, doubling almost all of the spices and I added bourbon, but you probably anticipated that. :)
1 1/2 cups whole milk (Or 1 cup heavy cream plus 1/2 cup whole milk)
3/4 cup canned solid-pack pumpkin
1/2 cup sugar
2 large eggs plus 1 yolk
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
Pinch of ground cloves
2 tablespoons bourbon (optional)
5 cups cubed (1-inch) day-old baguette or crusty bread
3/4 stick unsalted butter, melted* (can skip this step if using the second set of instructions)
Preheat oven to 350°F with rack in middle.
Whisk together pumpkin, cream, milk, sugar, eggs, yolk, salt, spices and bourbon, if using, in a bowl. Toss bread cubes with butter in another bowl, then add pumpkin mixture and toss to coat. Transfer to an ungreased 8-inch square baking dish and bake until custard is set, 25 to 30 minutes.
ALTERNATE, COME ON, BE LAZY WITH ME, INSTRUCTIONS
While preheating oven to 350°F with rack in middle, melt butter in bottom of a 8-inch square baking dish. Once it is melted, take it out of the oven and toss bread cubes with butter, coating thoroughly. In a separate bowl, whisk together all the remaining ingredients. Pour them over buttered bread cubes in baking dish, stirring to make sure all pieces are evenly coated. Bake until custard is set, 25 to 30 minutes.
Here's a little art to spice up your day! While on Apartment Therapy, I ran into an art installation from Brooklyn based Payton Turner. What looks like chic chandeliered wallpaper from afar is actually custom made stickers arranged together to form beautiful patterns. Just imagine the amount of patience (and extra cash) you would need to achieve this level of creativity. I'd love to attempt something like this in perhaps a smaller sized space. Check out the links for more images!