A traditional British rich bread and butter pudding with an American twist! This is a pecan pie bread and butter pudding!
PECAN PIE BREAD AND BUTTER PUDDING
I wanted to create a special recipe for Thanksgiving this year. A recipe that is British but American at the same time. So I thought, what’s a very British dessert that I really like? The answer was bread and butter pudding. And Thanksgiving is all about pies for me, I love all kinds of pies for Thanksgiving but my favourite pies are pumpkin pie and pecan pie. So I thought why not create a pecan pie bread and butter pudding? And boy I’m glad I did! I created a seriously awesome dessert!
It’s rich, it’s creamy and the taste of pecan caramel sauce is out of this world!
BREAD AND BUTTER PUDDING
Bread and butter pudding is a very traditional British dessert, often made with stale bread and egg custard. Have some old bread sitting on your counter? No problem! Just make a bread and butter pudding with it!
Most of the time bread and butter pudding is made with stale bread, but you could also use old croissants or fruit bread for that extra indulgent touch. Bread and butter pudding is made from bread that is buttered from both sides, and then it’s layered in a baking pan and covered with an egg custard mixture made with milk. Spices like ground cinnamon and nutmeg are often added. It is then baked in the oven until the custard sets and the top is golden, and it’s served with custard or cream on the side. When the pud is made with rich custard and is moist enough, then it’s eaten on its own.
Dried fruits and sultanas are often added to the layers of the pud. You could add some jam to the bread, and it is also common to add orange flower water to the milk or even alcohol like brandy.
A Middle Eastern version of this pudding is called Um Ali, It’s originally Egyptian but it’s also very popular in Jordan, Syria, and Lebanon. The Middle Eastern version is made with bread, milk, and sugar, but without the eggs. And it’s usually topped with pistachio nuts.
PECAN PIE BREAD AND BUTTER PUDDING
Pecan pie is usually served at holiday dinners in the US such as Thanksgiving. It’s a pie made with pecan nuts and butter egg-sugar filling. It is considered as a speciality of Southern US cuisine. I love pecan pie, and that was the reason why I decided to create this recipe to combine this awesome American speciality dessert and our beloved British bread and butter pudding!
This dessert is basically a rich and creamy custard bread and butter pudding, but what’s so special about it is that I topped the pudding with homemade caramel pecan sauce.
I hope that I inspired you to try this recipe for Thanksgiving this year. But it’s also perfect for any time of the year! I’m sure that you will love it as much as I do!
Pecan Pie Bread and Butter Pudding
- ½ stick 55 grams butter soft
- 12 slices white bread
- 2 eggs
- 4 tbsp granulated sugar
- 1 ⅔ cups 400 ml whole milk
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tbsp butter
- 1 cup 200 grams brown sugar dark
- 1 cup 100 grams pecans chopped
- 4 tbsp 50 ml whole milk
- Heat the oven to 180C/355F/Gas 4
- Remove crusts from bread slices, and cut diagonally across to create triangles.
- Grease a baking tin with a piece of butter, and spread butter on each bread triangle.
- Arrange the bread triangles in the baking tin in way that they are overlapping each other and butter side is up.
- Using a stand or hand mixer, beat eggs with sugar.
- Warm up milk (do not let it boil), then gradually add it to the egg mixture while mixing until all milk is added. Followed by vanilla extract and cinnamon.
- Pour the egg milk mixture over the bread to evenly cover the bread triangles. Gently press the bread with your hand to push the bread into the egg milk mixture.
- Bake until the custard sets and the top is golden.
- To make the pecan caramel sauce, in a sauce pan melt the butter then add brown sugar and milk. Give it a mix and let it boil without mixing and watch the sauce deepen in colour. When it starts to thicken, stir in the pecans and remove from heat.
- Pour pecan caramel sauce over your pudding, and serve warm.