Arizona Vacation and Pumpkin Bread Pudding

Thursday, May 3, 2012
Pumpkin Bread Pudding was the best bread pudding flavor we ever had being huge pumpkin fans, and if you are too then this is going to be a huge win with one taste!

We were lucky to get this served to us on a trip we took to Arizona, one bite and we were hooked, we just couldn't get enough of this delicious pumpkin bread pudding it was so delicious.

It tastes just like pumpkin pie but in bread pudding form. It’s rich and creamy and delicious in every way.

We loved Arizona and actually got to eat many Southwestern foods we weren't accustomed to and everything new we tried was fantastic but this dessert stood in our mind and I couldn't wait it get their recipe to try it.

Luckily I was able to recreate the recipe from the ingredients almost perfectly to what we remember and this pumpkin bread pudding is almost spot on with a drizzle of caramel rum sauce on top.

As a bonus recipe, I also included a Ceviche Recipe we fell in love with, it's a delicious shrimp-style vegetable salad, that's so refreshing and bursting with flavor, I have also included it below.

Did I mention this is a perfect almost tastes like a Pumpkin Baked French Toast Casserole and perfect for a Thanksgiving breakfast treat?

Scroll down to our printable recipe card to give this one a try.

pumpkin bread pudding

Fall Flavors

If you're looking for a great dessert to kick off fall this is it!

This is the perfect comfort food all winter long and so addicting, you will keep coming back for more.

The delicious taste of pumpkin bread pudding with spices in this creamy mixture will make even a person not fond of pumpkin love this dessert.

It's the perfect ending to a Southwestern-style meal!

bread pudding mixture with pumpkin

Ingredients You Will Need

  • half and half
  • white and brown sugar
  • cinnamon, gingers, nutmeg
  • bread
  • eggs
  • vanilla
  • pumpkin puree

Great Vacation Spot

We stayed in Scottsdale and it was an incredible time.

Beautiful scenery and fantastic restaurants, scenic jeep rides, hiking so much to explore, and a wonderful experience.

We were lucky enough to be able to spend time with my cousin Lorraine and her family she made a fantastic spread of food fit for a King and that's where I was introduced to ceviche and couldn't wait to make it at home.

Arizona was a wonderful place to visit Scottsdale is a desert city in Arizona east of state capital Phoenix.

It's known for its spa resorts and golf courses, including TPC Scottsdale.

Farther north trails wind through McDowell Sonoran Preserve, a desert-scape of hills to admire, and many beautiful rock formations along with cacti.

Try These Recipes We Love

Slow Cooker Pumpkin Puree
Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars
Pumpkin Pie
Homemade Apple Cider

ceviche recipe


  1. Best to use day-old bread
  2. this casserole can be made the day before and baked it the next day
  3. add pumpkin pie spice if you don't have all the ones listed
  4. pumpkin canned puree or fresh is a must, do not use pie fillings
  5. use heavy cream in place of half and half
  6. add mini chocolate chips on top for a garnish after the caramel drizzle

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Thanksgiving Breakfast or Dessert

If you were looking to wow guests for a breakfast treat or served as a dessert for Thanksgiving, this smooth and creamy, golden-orange bread pudding always gets rave reviews from all of our taste testers through the years.

Save the warm caramel rum drizzle for a dessert-style bread pudding and just serve the almost french toast tasting casserole for a wonderful Holiday breakfast.

Perfect for any weekend dinner party for something different that guests will rave about and ask for this recipe every time so print it off below and have it ready.

Arizona Vacation and Pumpkin Bread Pudding

Pumpkin Bread Pudding

Yield: 10
Author: Claudia Lamascolo
Prep time: 10 MinCook time: 1 HourTotal time: 1 H & 10 M
This is a delicious dessert we had on a wonderful vacation called Pumpkin Bread Pudding that I recreated


  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar 
  • 1/2 cup granulated white
  •  1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg 
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  •  1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  •  1/4 teaspoon salt 
  • 4 large eggs 
  • 2 large egg yolks
  •  1 1/2 cups half and half 
  • 1 cup whole milk 
  • 1 (15 oz) can pumpkin 
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 
  • 1  pound (16 ounce loaf) of egg bread, french bread or other crusty bread cut into  1-inch cubes


  1. Grease a 13 x9 baking pan with butter.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 
  3. In a medium-size mixing bowl whisk together brown sugar, white sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves, and salt. 
  4. Whisk in eggs and egg yolks. Stir in half and half, milk, pumpkin, and vanilla. 
  5. Add the cut-up bread cubes to another large mixing bowl.
  6. Add the half and half over the bread cubes and mix to combine.
  7.  Let this mixture sit for 10 minutes. 
  8. Pour into the prepared baking dish.
  9.  Bake in preheated oven until set, about 45 - 50 minutes. 
  10. Let cool for a few minutes then cut and serve caramel rum sauce or freshly whipped cream.
  11. Caramel Rum sauce:
  12. 1 cup dark brown sugar
  13. 1/2 cup butter
  14. 1/2 cup heavy cream
  15. 1/4 cup rum
  16. Combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally.
  17. Turn burner to medium-low and let the sauce bubble for 3-4 minutes. Serve warm drizzled over the bread pudding.
  18. Caramel Rum Sauce 2:
  19. Easy Version:
  20. Unwrap 15 caramels and place them in a glass measuring cup. Add 2 tablespoons of rum and 1 tablespoon heavy cream or milk. Microwave 2 minutes stir and pour over the bread
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  1. What beautiful pictures and lovely views :) This pudding is very tempting ^_^ Bye, have a great day

  2. The bread pudding looks so good. It looks like you had a great holiday. I've never been to Arizona but is sure does look beautiful. Thanks for sharing :)

  3. Glad to see you had a great time. I used to have to go to Scotsdale for work. Beautiful scenery around there if you head in the direction of the Grand Canyon. Your Pumpkin Bread Pudding sounds amazing.

  4. It looks like you really enjoyed your visit to Arizona. Great scenery and I am glad you shared some of the highlights.
    Also, the bread pudding looks amazing. I have one lonely can of pumpkin, so this recipe would be perfect. Hard to resist with the caramel and rum.

  5. What a fantastic trip! The desert is a beautiful and strange place :) I have 2 cans of pumpkin kicking around still, the pudding sounds delicious!

  6. Sounds and looks like a delightful trip ~ wonderful photography ~thanks, namaste, ^_^

  7. You must have had a great holiday!I like all the pictures and I hope to to visit Arizona one day. Looks so different and interesting. Nice to visit your relatives too, it makes a holiday much more special. Ciao cara.

  8. Oh wow, everything looks amazing. You must have had such a wonderful time :) And mmmm that bread pudding is calling my name.

  9. Sounds like you had a lovely time. I like your little cactus. The pumplin bread pudding looks delish and that rum caramel sauce is calling out to me.

  10. You made me miss Arizona! We used to find scorpions hiding in our shoes - had to shake them out every morning. The bread pudding is delectable! I could eat pumpkin all year long.

  11. What a great vacation you had! I love all the photos - thank you for sharing them. The food looked pretty amazing, too, especially the pumpkin dessert. We're headed to coastal Maine in August and I am counting the days. Gotta love vacations! :)

  12. wow...wat a fantastic post...lovely writeup with fascinating cliks..
    LOVE it..:)
    thanks for sharing..
    Tasty Appetite

  13. Dear Claudia, Thank you for sharing your photos. I really enjoyed them. You look wonderful. I am so happy for you that everything went well.
    The pumpkin bread pudding certainly is perfect for all year round.
    Happy to have you back safe and sound. Blessings, Catherine xoxo

  14. Thank you for sharing your wonderful adventure. It felt like I was there with you. Hugs and thank you for joining in the hop fun xo

  15. Wow, what an awesome trip! The scenery is just breath-taking! I love that huge cactus :) And that prime rib....hollllly moooollllyy!! My mouth is salivating so badly right now ha ha! Thanks for sharing your awesome adventure, and this awesome pumpkin bread pudding, it looks delicious!

  16. Beautiful photos of obviously a memorable vaction :D
    But I think this pudding will also make history too - looks amazing especially with that sauce!

    Choc Chip Uru

  17. Wow - loved these photos. Thanks so much for sharing. You look great! I have been to Arizona - once driving through to our destination and home in Panama. It was so hot that day that I'm sure one could have fried an egg on the pavement practically. lol I liked Sedona. We slept overnight near the Grand Canyon - there had been a recent fire which I thought was so sad; hate to see that. That is an ENORMOUS cactus!!

  18. Looks like you had an awesome time, I am so glad!!


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