The RV Chronicles — Celebrating 22 at the ‘Jimmy Rockford’ (Recipe: Pumpkin Bread Pudding w/ Apple Cider Caramel)

Dear Catherine —

Who would’ve thought that you’d be celebrating our 22nd wedding anniversary grading papers? Or watching our baby girl’s very last high school marching band performance?

I never would have guessed that all these together years would be celebrated over Dairy Queen soft serve. Neither could I have predicted that, on our 22nd November 4th as husband and wife, we’d be rushing home from a high school football game … to go to sleep on an RV mattress.

Yet, I wouldn’t have it any other way. You’re working God’s plan, after all. And you’re so good at it!

I’m lucky that you’re my lover. And extremely blessed that you love me back. I’m proud of you always, and I beam at having you by my side.

Love always,



So, how does one segue from a love letter to a really nifty recipe for bread pudding? Honestly, there’s no good way. Still, my bride — a bonafide bread addict — loves the ooey gooey fall flavor of this easy recipe. So do I … along with everyone else we’ve served it to.

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Pumpkin Bread Pudding w/ Apple Cider Caramel

Pumpkin Bread Pudding w/ Apple Cider Caramel — Gooey fall goodness

Pumpkin Bread Pudding w/ Apple Cider Caramel — Gooey fall goodness


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Pumpkin Bread Pudding w/ Apple Cider Caramel
Recipe type: Dessert
Pumpkin Bread Pudding
  • 1 cup - Heavy cream
  • 1 cup – Pumpkin (canned is fine)
  • ¾ cup – Milk
  • ½ cup – Sugar
  • 2 large eggs plus 1 yolk
  • 2 TB – Pumpkin pie spice
  • 4½ cups – Day-old baguette or crusty bread, cut into 1-inch cubes*
  • ¾ stick unsalted butter, melted
  • ¼ cup – Chopped pecans
Apple Cider Caramel**
  • 1 cup - Apple cider
  • 1 cup – Light brown sugar, firmly packed
  • ½ cup – Butter
  • ¼ cup – Heavy cream
Make the bread pudding
  1. Whisk cream, pumpkin, milk, sugar, eggs, yolk, salt, and pumpkin pie spice in a large bowl.
  2. Toss bread cubes with butter in another bowl; add pumpkin mixture and toss to coat.
  3. Transfer to an ungreased 8-inch square baking dish, cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours, but preferably overnight.
  4. Bake, uncovered, in a 350°F oven for 20 minutes. (Make the caramel while the bread pudding is baking.)
  5. Top with pecans and bake until custard is set, another 5 minutes, or so.
Make the apple cider caramel
  1. Cook cider in a 3-qt. saucepan over medium heat, stirring often, 10 minutes or until reduced to ¼ cup.
  2. Stir in remaining ingredients.
  3. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring constantly; boil, stirring constantly, 2 minutes. Remove from heat, and serve warm over hot bread pudding. (If you make it in advance, reheat in the microwave at HIGH 10 to 15 seconds or just until warm; stir until smooth.)
* - Challah bread is my favorite for this recipe because it’s already heavy on the egg and seems to bring a creamier consistency to the finished dish.
** - From the Sept. 2013 issue of Southern Living



  1. Kathryn @ anotherfoodieblogger says:

    Damn, if it’s got pecans in it, I’m in!! Happy anniversary! We recently celebrated our 20th. I love the love you have for your wife. Sincerely, Follower #14. 🙂

  2. Awww. Happy Anniversary! I’d love to celebrate with this bread pudding, however I’d add DQ to the top! And have the marching band play in the background! Here’s to 22 more! We will be coming to 35 and I hope he shows up!

    • adamjholland says:

      Sorry, Abbe, but knowing that your husband is the world traveling guy for his work — your comment is just damn funny! (I hope he shows up too. But you can always go to him, yes?) Thank you.

  3. Happy anniversary!!!!!!
    Celebrating with a Dairy Queen cone?
    Heck. I could be at the Ritz and still be excited to have a Dairy Queen ice cream just about anything.
    Gonna make the bread pudding for my coworkers. It looks so good.

  4. LOVE IT!! The love letter and this lovely Pumpkin Bread Pudding recipe… Happiest Anniversary Wishes, you two! May you always have bread – and love – to celebrate!

  5. Congratulations from Dublin, my friend.

  6. Your love letters to your wife are always so special and make me smile! Not to mention that fabulous bread pudding recipe – we love it! Happy Anniversary!

  7. Did he say pecans and heavy cream? I’m in! Happy Anniversary and so glad to see a post from you. I was about to send out search and rescue. 😉

  8. Adam! Happy Anniversary!! I’ll be celebrating my 15 next February!! As they say!! Time fly by when you’re having fun!! Great recipe lovely letter

  9. Adam, your wife must treasure your your gooey goodness! You’re quite the troubadour in AND out of the kitchen. Congrats on celebrating “22” — you’ll remember the Jimmy Rockford years! The Man Of Few Words and I opted to stay home for our 16th this weekend in favor of steak & shrimp on the grill. Gotta love “compromise” and home cookin’! 🙂

    • adamjholland says:

      I don’t know about the whole troubadour thing, but I sure don’t mind shouting to the world (and my wife) about how lucky I am. ~ Happy Anniversary to you and yours! Ain’t a thing wrong with steak and shrimp on the grill. In fact, I prefer it.

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