Pumpkin Rum Bread Pudding

One Thanksgiving meal isn’t enough.

It only comes once a year – why limit yourself to just one wonderful meal on that day?  Especially if you’ve just run 13.1 miles.

Friendsgiving part 2 occurred at one of may favorite local haunts – Diesel.  It’s more of a bar, but does serve up some tasty food.  Except on Thanksgiving.  This holiday they were serving drinks and the feast was a potluck.  BYOF.

Potluck Thanksgiving in a bar = BEST idea ever.

We had 21 feet of food (yes, measurements were taken).  3 turkeys (the spicy dry rub was wonderful), a duck, soups, stuffings, collards, mac ‘n cheeses, desserts… if you could imagine it, someone had brought it to share.

Those Tostidos didn’t get opened

Incredibly, most of the food was homemade and quite good.  Better than average, in fact.  I went back for seconds thirds.

The most fun to look at dish of the night:

Mac ‘n Cheese with a Bacon weave

Despite being totally stuffed, dessert remained my weak spot.

Let’s pretend I didn’t sample all of this

My contribution was pretty tasty, if I do say so myself.  In fact, I made it twice over Thanksgiving.  Both times to an enthusiastic reception.

As soon as I laid eyes on chocolate chip Panettone I knew it was going into bread pudding.  Pumpkin bread is better with chocolate chips… why not pumpkin in chocolate chip Panettone pudding?  In the bar-potluck spirit, I added some booze – dark rum was made for sweets, IMHO.

Pre-bake photo opp


The pumpkin made this pudding especially creamy and the dark rum brought out the sweetness of the Panettone.  Because it is a sweet bread, you don’t have to add a ton of sugar to this recipe – just 1/2 a cup in total.

I’ll even go out on a limb and say this is one of the best dishes I’ve ever made.  I don’t say that about just anything!

My dish on display at Bargiving:

It’s all I can do not to make it again right now…


Pumpkin Rum Bread Pudding

Pumpkin Rum Bread Pudding

  • 1 chocolate chip Panettone, cut to ~2 in cubes (~7 cups)
  • 1 C heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 C milk
  • 1/2 stick salted butter (melted)
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/4 C pumpkin puree
  • 3 T dark rum
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 C brown sugar
  • 1/4 C sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 C chocolate chips (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Place cubed bread in 9 x 12 pyrex.

In large bowl, whisk together wet ingredients.  Add sugars and cinnamon and stir until combined.  Pour evenly over bread and toss to ensure cubes are all covered.

Place in oven and bake for 40-50 mins, until pudding is set and top is beginning to brown.  Allow to cool ~10 mins before serving.

Notes: You can use other types of breads, though you will want to increase the amount sugar (Panettone is a sweet bread).  If you don’t like rum, you can cut back or omit it entirely.


Coming back to work this week was a terrible shock after 4 days off!

Are you still eating leftovers?

What is your favorite variety of bread pudding?


  1. says

    Wow, what a feast!!! And the bacon weave amuses me to no end, even though I don’t like bacon!
    That bread pudding looks delicious, though I’ve never had a pumpkin version. :)

  2. says

    I love the potluck Thanksgiving and it looks like there was a plethora of delicious eats (including those desserts you didn’t sample).
    I love the rum and pumpkin combination. I feel like maybe your foodie penpal should send you a gift card to the ABC store as you make some killer foods with libations.

  3. says

    I love the idea of a friensgiving out at a bar–there’s one named Diesel in Boston that’s a personal favorite. It just sounds like a great way to bring the community together.

  4. says

    I like bread pudding, but I don’t find myself eating it often for some reason. I am on a pumpkin kick, so might be fun to veganize this dish. We’ll see. :) I’m still eating my way through leftovers, but they are dwindling. I think I’ll have a few more days of stuffing and another serving of cranberry sauce, but that’s about it. Darn!

  5. says

    Okay, you people need to stop being silly and get onto the metric system like the rest of the world. What on earth is the length of 21 feet?! 😛 That bacon mac and cheese is so impressive I might burst.

  6. says

    First of all- that bread pudding sounds awesome! Secondly- I love that you put booze in it since you were going to a bar potluck! You’re so creative. That looks like loads of fun! and… I’m with everyone else- that bacon mac & cheese… wowza!

  7. says

    Oh this looks so awesome! I love the flavors and agree about the chocolate chips making pumpkin bread even better! I especially love the addition of the rum too… I always end up adding rum or some type of booze to my desserts! :)


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