Pumpkin pie is always a welcome choice of dessert for Thanksgiving, but there are times when you want a pumpkin dessert besides pumpkin pie at your holiday table. My suggestion? Try baking up a Pumpkin Pecan Bread Pudding instead of that pumpkin pie. This bread pudding is rich and moist, made with a pumpkin custard base that is loaded with plenty of pumpkin pie spices. The pudding is tender, but I included a generous number of coarsely chopped pecans to give it some texture. I typically recommend using roasted and salted pecans, however if you happen to have spiced pecans available, they will add a really addictive savory element to this dessert. You can get the full recipe (it’s free!) over at the official Craftsy blog, and make a lot of your dinner guests this Thanksgiving very, very happy. It is easy to whip up, but can also be baked a day in advance if you want to keep your oven clear for roasting that turkey.
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