My Favorite Thanksgiving Dessert

I’m a bit of a heathen when it comes to Thanksgiving desserts. I’m not a huge fan of Pumpkin Pie and my husband can’t eat Pecan Pie so pie is out.

I love pumpkin and I’ve dabbled with Pumpkin Mousse and Pumpkin Trifle and few other not so successful other Pumpkin recipes, but recently I discovered the most delicious Pumpkin Bread Pudding and I have to share it with you.

I started planning my Thanksgiving menu the other day, but had no idea what to make for dessert. I’m not sure why I give myself fits over this every year.

I walked into my local liquor store and there, right in front of me, was a bottle of Fulton’s Harvest Pumpkin Pie Liqueur! Really? Someone makes pumpkin pie liqueur? And while we’re at it they also make apple pie liqueur. You can decide on the flavor that would make your family the happiest.

Oh…and it’s really yummy…like melt in your mouth yummy! It’s rich and it’s a fall explosion in your mouth.

And if you don’t consume alcohol, that’s okay because it cooks out and just leaves this heavenly pumpkin flavor. This recipe just might replace pumpkin pie on your Thanksgiving table. (I know…I know…but it might.)

Besides the fact that it tastes heavenly, I also like that you can make it advance and then just bake it on Thanksgiving. In fact, the flavor is better when it has a chance to sit overnight in the refrigerator.

The full recipe is at the end. I hope you love it!

Your ingredients for the pudding. I make a baby one for my husband without pecans.

Caramel sauce ingredients. Don’t omit the caramel sauce served warm.

Fresh from the oven!

Pumpkin Pie & Praline Bread Pudding

2015-11-16 16:51:18

Serves 8

Delicious bread pudding with a twist. The addition of Fulton's Harvest Pumpkin Pie Cream Liqueur takes it up about 5 notches!

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Prep Time

20 min

Cook Time

55 min

Total Time

1 hr 20 min

Prep Time

20 min

Cook Time

55 min

Total Time

1 hr 20 min

1543 calories

98 g

448 g

126 g

13 g

69 g

396 g

500 g

73 g

3 g

48 g

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size




Amount Per Serving

Calories 1543

Calories from Fat 1104

% Daily Value *

Total Fat 126g


Saturated Fat 69g


Trans Fat 3g

Polyunsaturated Fat 9g

Monounsaturated Fat 39g

Cholesterol 448mg


Sodium 500mg


Total Carbohydrates 98g


Dietary Fiber 3g


Sugars 73g

Protein 13g

Vitamin A


Vitamin C






* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

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  1. For the Pudding

  2. 1 large loaf of dense Italian bread (about 1 lb.)

  3. 5 large organic eggs

  4. 2/3 cup granulated sugar

  5. 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract

  6. 1/2 tsp. cinnamon

  7. 6 tbls. butter cut into small pieces

  8. 2 cups cream

  9. 2/3 cup Fulton's Harvest Pumpkin Pie Liqueur

  10. Caramel Sauce

  11. 1 cup heavy cream

  12. 1 cup dark brown sugar

  13. 2 tablespoons butter

  14. 1/4 cup Fulton's Harvest Pumpkin Pie Liqueur

  15. 3/4 tsp. corn starch

  16. Praline Pecans

  17. 1 cup coarsely chopped pecans

  18. 1/4 cup brown sugar

  19. 2 tablespoons heavy cream


  1. Pudding

  2. Whisk together eggs, sugar, vanilla, and cinnamon in a large mixing bowl. Reserve 1/3 of heavy cream and Fulton's Harvest Pumpkin Pie liqueur and pour remaining 1 2/3 cups of cream and 1/3 cup of Fulton's into egg mixture. Blend well until fully incorporated.

  3. Cut bread into 1 inch cubes. Add to liquid mixture and coat bread well with custard mixture. Refrigerate for 3-4 hours until mixture is fully absorbed by the bread.

  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Remove the bread mixture from refrigerator and transfer to a well buttered oven-safe casserole dish. Spread the bread mixture evenly and drizzle the remaining 1/3 cup cream and liqueur over the top.

  5. Cover loosely with foil and place on the center rack for approximately 45 minutes or until the bread pudding puffs in the center. Remove the foil and return to oven for about 10 minutes or until the top is lightly browned.

  6. While the pudding is baking, prepare the caramel sauce. Add cream, sugar and butter to a small saucepan over medium heat. Slowly heat the mixture until boiling. Blend the cornstarch with the liqueur and stir into hot cream and sugar mixture. Bring to a boil and thicken and then remove from heat.

  7. For the Pralines

  8. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper. Toss the pecans, brown sugar and cream together and place on the parchment paper. Bake at 350 after the pudding is finished for about 15 minutes. Watch them closely because you don't want to the sugar to burn!

  9. Serve the bread pudding with warmed caramel sauce and top with cooled pecans.


  1. This recipe sounds complicated. It's not and it's well worth every second. Your family and friends will LOVE it!

By Cindy Laverty

Adapted from Fulton's Pumpkin Pie











Adapted from Fulton's Pumpkin Pie

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