Garet's Pumpkin Bread Delight
By Lana Granfors
Garet's Pumpkin Bread DelightNovember 2014
By Lana Granfors
Photos: Kara Stewart
My grandson, Garet, loves all things to do with baking. He will be 4 next month, so I thought it would be fun to create something in honor of his birthday using one of his favorite baked items, pumpkin bread. When he is here at Camp GG, baking the bread is almost always on the list of fun things we have planned, as well as pumpkin pancakes. He helps gather the ingredients, breaks the eggs and helps with the measuring and of course, the mixing. His favorite part of baking is using my stand mixer. He greets it with a “good morning, white mixer,” and wishes it a good night at the end of the day… sure makes me laugh! And I’m not sure how long this will last, but he even loves helping with the dishes! I’m hopeful that he will keep enjoying our time together in the kitchen for many years to come.
This recipe is essentially a bread pudding. Start by baking your favorite pumpkin bread recipe. Most recipes make more than one loaf, so enjoy one sliced warm with breakfast, and use the other to create this wonderful dessert for one of your holiday meals. It is easy and delicious and best served warm, topped with a dollop of fresh whipped cream, and a dusting of cinnamon and nutmeg or cinnamon and sugar. Enjoy!
Yield: Serves 8
One loaf of pumpkin bread, cut into 2-inch cubes and toasted
2 cups of heavy cream or half-and-half
3 large eggs, well beaten
1 tsp. vanilla
½ tsp. cinnamon
½ tsp. ground ginger
½ tsp. salt
¼ tsp. freshly ground nutmeg
Pinch of ground cloves
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup walnuts or pecans, coarsely chopped
1 | Spread the pumpkin bread cubes on a large baking sheet and bake in a 325 F oven for 20
minutes until lightly toasted, turning once at 10 minutes. Allow to cool some.
2 | Butter or lightly spray a 9x12-inch casserole/baking dish. Place the pumpkin bread cubes in
the pan. Combine the remaining ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Pour over bread cubes and
press the bread cubes lightly with your hands to help soak up the liquid. Allow this mixture to
set while the oven preheats. Bake in a 400-degree oven for 30 minutes. Let cool and set up for
at least 15 minutes, then serve.
Total time: 1 hour 10 minutes, plus the baking time for your bread recipe; Prep: 15 - 20 minutes;
Cook: 50 minutes