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from "Everyday Food® magazine"

This holiday dessert takes the flavor of pumpkin pie and transforms it into a comforting bread pudding drizzled with dulce de leche. Bake it up to 2 days ahead of time, refrigerate, and reheat before serving.

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Yield: Serves 8

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For the Bread Pudding
Unsalted butter, room temperature, for dish
1 can (15 ounces) pure pumpkin puree
1 cup whole milk
1/2 cup heavy cream
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1/4 cup light-brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
3/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon anise seed, roughly chopped
10 ounces day-old bread, such as brioche or sourdough, cut into 1/2-inch slices or 1-inch cubes
1/2 cup pecans, roughly chopped
1 cup homemade Dulce de Leche, or store-bought, warmed

For the Dulce de Leche
6 cups whole milk
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/4 teaspoon coarse salt
3/4 teaspoon baking soda

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1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 2-quart baking dish. In a large bowl, whisk together pumpkin puree, milk, cream, eggs, brown sugar, salt, vanilla, cinnamon, and anise seed. Arrange bread in dish. Pour custard over bread and top with pecans. Bake until custard is set, 45 minutes. Let cool slightly. Serve warm or at room temperature, drizzled with dulce de leche.

Dulche de Leche
The name of this caramel-like confection, from Argentina and Uruguay, loosely translates to "milk candy": In a traditional process, sugar and milk are cooked over low heat for hours, until the mixture becomes thick and golden.

Yield: Makes 2 cups

1. In a medium saucepan, bring milk, sugar, and salt to a simmer over medium. Remove from heat and whisk in baking soda (mixture will foam). Return to a simmer and cook over low, stirring occasionally and skimming off any foam, until sauce is deep golden brown and lightly coats a spoon, 45 minutes to 1 hour. Pour through a fine-mesh sieve into a heatproof bowl.

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 Quantity Ingredients Est.Price
  Libby's 100% Pure Pumpkin - $4.69/ea
  Amish Country Farms Organic Whole Milk - $4.79/ea
 1/2 gallon
  Organic Valley Heavy Whipping Cream - $4.29/ea
 1 pint
  FreshDirect Anise Seed
This product is currently unavailable.
  FreshDirect Frozen Brioche-Style Pullman Loaf, Unsliced
This product is currently unavailable.
  FreshDirect Pecans, Container - $6.99/ea
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  Breakstone's All-Natural Unsalted Butter - $3.19/ea
 2ct, 4oz ea
  Nature's Yoke Natural Cage-Free Large White Eggs - $3.99/ea
 1 dozen
  Domino Light Brown Sugar - $1.79/ea
  Morton's Coarse Kosher Salt - $2.99/ea
  Spice Select Pure Vanilla Extract - $4.69/ea
 2fl oz
  Spice Supreme Ground Cinnamon - $1.19/ea
  Domino Granulated White Sugar - $2.49/ea
  Arm & Hammer Baking Soda - $1.19/ea
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