We wait all year for that first bite of fall, and this recipe was well worth the wait!
This beauty won first place by Stefanie Lourenco in our pumpkin recipe contest. Its all the things we long for in a dessert - sticky, gooey, sweet, perfectly spiced. It's also incredibly simple to throw together with an easy way to make caramel. We just love everything about it, and hope you do too. Happy Fall, Y'all!
2 cups half and half
1 15oz can pure pumpkin
1 cup (packed), plus 2 Tbsp dark brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
10 cups 1/2 inch cubes egg bread or raisin egg bread (about 15 oz)
whipped cream, for serving
1 1/4 cups (packed) dark brown sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) salted butter
1/2 cup heavy cream
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl whisk together half and half, pumpkin, dark brown sugar, eggs, spices, and vanilla extract. Fold in bread cubes. Transfer mixture to a 11 x7 baking dish and let stand for 15 minutes. Bake until tester in center comes out clean, about 30-35 minutes.
Meanwhile prepare the caramel by whisking brown sugar and butter in a heavy medium saucepan over medium heat until the butter melts. Whisk in cream and stir until sugar dissolves and sauce is smooth, about 3 minutes.
Serve warm with caramel sauce and whipped cream.