In the world of Thanksgiving desserts there is a divide between those who eat pumpkin pie and those who eat sweet potato pie. I grew up in a sweet potato pie household and only ever saw the pumpkin version at school functions and on TV. I don’t think I even tasted pumpkin pie until college. As it happens, I am not a diehard fan of either pie. They are both just “OK” to me. [Don’t tell my granny I said that.] Whenever asked, I rep #teamsweetpotatopie by default. I like cooking with both ingredients in different ways, though. Now that you’ve read an excerpt from my dessert life story 🙂 , I’ll get to the topic at hand: this bread pudding. I found the original recipe about a year ago on The Flavor Mosaic via Pinterest. It was the first bread pudding I ever made and it turned out wonderfully. So wonderfully that one of my classmates at the time snuck off with about half a pan’s worth at the end of our #Friendsgiving dinner and confessed to me on our graduation day. So, if you doubt the deliciousness of this dish, just hit up Haley and she’ll tell you that it’s worth stealing over!
If you know me, you know I tweaked it a bit. My version uses both pumpkin and sweet potato but the sweet potato flavor is what truly comes across. The pumpkin provides a lovely orange color to the whole situation. The praline in the title comes from a sauce similar to my buttery caramel sauce and the praline syrup that topped these banana nut pancakes I made a while back. This recipe makes a BIG bread pudding for a Thanksgiving-type crowd so if you don’t want to produce it for a gathering just cut it in half. I served this version at a #PHamsgiving dinner the other day and it was well-received. *waves to all the Phirst Pham out there* I don’t know how else to say it’s really good, y’all. I’m eating it at this very moment.
What’s usually on your Thanksgiving dessert table? Let me know below. Thanks for reading!
This post is also part of the monthly link up party Our Growing Edge. This event aims to connect food bloggers and inspire us to try new things. This month is hosted by Lauren from Sweet Southern Lifestyle.