Pumpkin Ginger Bread Pudding
- 1 (4-pound) kabocha squash or pumpkin, preferably a sugar pumpkin
- Extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 cups heavy cream
- 4 eggs
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 loaf (about 10 cups) diced cinnamon brioche, challah or plain pound cake
- 1/2 cup golden raisins
- 1/4 cup diced crystallized ginger
- Confectioners' sugar, for garnish
Special equipment: 11 by 7-inch baking dish
For the squash: Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
Cut the squash in quarters and remove the seeds. Brush the insides with a little oil and arrange on a baking sheet, skin side up. Roast in the preheated oven until the squash is soft all they way through, about 1 hour. Remove from the oven and let cool. (This can be done 1 or 2 days ahead.) When the squash is cold, remove it from the skin and puree in a food processor. You'll need 2 1/2 cups of squash puree for this recipe. If the mixture is dry while pureeing, add a ladleful of the pudding mixture.
For the pudding: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
In a large bowl, combine the heavy cream, eggs, brown sugar, spices, and vanilla and mix well to combine. Mix in the pumpkin puree. Combine the bread, raisins and ginger in the baking dish. Pour the pudding mixture over the bread to cover and let sit for 15 minutes.
Cook's Note: You may not use all of the filling. Add more filling if there's room in the dish once the bread has soaked.
Bake in the preheated oven until the custard is set, about 20 to 25 minutes.
It's fall in a dessert! To serve, spoon the pudding into bowls and sprinkle a dusting of confectioners' sugar on top.
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