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Sweet Potato Praline Bread Pudding is the most delicious and decadent Southern dessert that is perfect for Thanksgiving dinner. Recipe by Dash of Jazz

Sweet Potato Praline Bread Pudding

Decadent southern sweet potato bread pudding topped with pecan praline sauce

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword dessert for a crowd, Southern praline sauce, sweet potato dessert, Thanksgiving dessert idea
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Servings 20 people


Bread Pudding

  • 2 loaves day-old French bread
  • 2 large sweet potatoes roasted and skins removed
  • 15 ounces canned pumpkin
  • 8 eggs
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 2 cups half and half
  • 6 tablespoons butter melted
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon Nutmeg
  • dash sea salt

Praline Sauce

  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 cup Chopped Pecans
  • 1 cup heavy cream


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Poke a few holes in sweet potatoes and place on bottom rack. Bake for about thirty minutes or until softened (but not total mush).
  2. Remove and reset oven to 350 degrees. Cut potatoes in half and scoop out the insides. (Set your potatoes in a bowl of ice for a few minutes to make them easier to handle.)
  3. While the potatoes bake (or cool), tear bread into small (about one-inch) pieces and place in a large, greased or non-stick pan.
  4. In a large bowl, beat eggs with a whisk until uniform. Add sweet potatoes and remaining bread pudding ingredients to the bowl and whisk together well. The batter will have some chunks of sweet potato. The full recipe will nearly fill your bowl, so stir carefully and add ingredients one or two at a time, if necessary.
  5. Spoon batter over bread pieces until all are covered. Then, use a small spoon to fully incorporate batter fully throughout the bread. This will be a bit messy. Bake for about an hour and a half.
  6. While that bakes, melt the butter for the praline sauce in a small saucepan over medium-low heat.
  7. Add brown sugar and cream. Stir well. Bring to a boil then simmer for five minutes to allow sauce to thicken. Turn off heat and stir in pecans.
  8. When ready to serve, you can either spoon the sauce all over the bread pudding before cutting or ladle it on the individual portions. Both ways work fine but the first is easiest with a large crowd.

Recipe Notes

Adapted from Flavor Mosaic.