You look like a monkey and you smell like one too….

Once again, my ability to stop time has failed, and my birthday has rolled around again.
I’ll admit that 37 was not quite the year I thought it was going to be, it had a high learning curve, but then I guess you need those every now and then.

This year I will be celebrating in an unorthodox capacity…I’m going to Beer fest. I actually already went to one a couple of weeks ago, but this is the big Seattle one and I didn’t really have any plans. We are making the controversial (read most likely regret later) decision to bring the dog. My husband cringed at this idea, but it’s my birthday so he has to go along with it. :P Don’t worry, Crazy Cocker Spaniel won’t be doing any beer sampling. She will however most likely be annoying people and trying to jump and lick on them. Which some people like to get jumped…and licked, just not usually by animals. ;)

I don’t usually bother with a cake for my birthday. Since my husband’s birthday is three days after mine we make cake for him. Unfortunately for me though, he likes BOXED yellow cake with STORE BOUGHT icing. Oh the horror. But as a good little wife I make it. I do however want a birthday treat of my own.

So when I ran across a recipe that encompassed all the food I love (except no bacon darn it all) I almost fell over. Pumpkin. Love that. Cheesecake. Love that. Bread Pudding. Duh, love that. But a Pumpkin Cheesecake Bread Pudding…are you F*ing serious with that. They were.
It was about as awesome as it sounds. Next time I might add a little more spice to mine but other than that, oh my. And now that I’ve made one, I see many more Cheesecake based Bread Puddings in my future. Watch out hips…here it comes. I topped mine with some butterscotch sauce that a friend of mine brought back from Oregon. You can use a caramel sauce just fine.

Hope everyone has a great Canada Day (those celebrating it) and I hope you all enjoy my birthday (July 2nd)…have a beer, it will be like you are with me. :)

Birthday Girl Pumpkin Cheesecake Bread Pudding
14 to 16 1/2 inch slices brioche

2 8-oz packages cream cheese, at room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
6 eggs
1 15-oz can pumpkin
1 cup milk
2 cups heavy whipping cream
1 tsp. vanilla
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. allspice
1 tsp. ground ginger
1 tsp. nutmeg
1 tsp. cinnamon

For the topping:
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 TBSP unsalted butter, melted

Preheat to 350F. Set rack in middle. Spray a 9-x-13-inch oven proof glass (I used metal) baking dish with baking spray.
Combine the cream cheese and sugar in a bowl and mix until smooth.
Combine eggs, pumpkin, milk, heavy cream, salt, and spices in the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment,. Beat until smooth. Add cream cheese mixture and combine.

Pour 1/2 cup custard in bottom of baking dish. Tilt and swirl dish until bottom is completely covered with thin layer of custard. Layer 6 slices of brioche on top of custard. Pour half of the remaining custard over brioche. Add remain brioche and custard in layers.

Use a knife to cut 8 slits though layered pudding. Cover the top of pudding with plastic wrap and press down gently with your palm. Let stand 15 minutes. Remove plastic wrap and sprinkle brown sugar over top of pudding. Pour melted butter over sugar.

Place baking dish on a rack in a large meal pan. Pour hot water from glass forming a water bath. You want to go half way up the side. Bake for 1 hour to 1 hour and 15 minutes, or until top is nicely browned and the custard has risen to top of baking dish. Check water bath occasionally and add more water if needed. Do not let the water evaporate from the water bath.

Carefully remove baking dish room oven and water bath. Allow pudding to cool on rack 1 hour. Serve slightly warm or cold. Store covered with a paper towel and plastic wrap in refrigerator.

Adapted from Heirloom Baking with the Brass Sisters by Marilynn Brass and Shelia Brass

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  1. oh wow this sounds heavenly! happy birthday!

  2. Collette says:

    Happy Birthday, birthday girl! And I am so down with the pumpkin. I have however broken my husband of his also unfortunate desire for boxed cakes. Time can cure!

  3. Happy Birthday!!! Ugh, I cannot get over how delicious this sounds. Bread pudding is my weakness.

  4. Man, they are weird.
    I can cook up a storm but he just adores fried rice and can eat that everyday.

  5. Happy birthday! This is amazingly does not look like bread pudding. It makes me think of that lovely “crust” on the outside of a pound cake. YUM!

  6. Happy, happy birthday, Peabody! Hope its a wicked good one. :)

  7. Happy birthday! Your husband has got to be CRAZY to prefer cake mix and store bought frosting to this. (And I meant that in the nicest way possible.) ;)

  8. Happy birthday!! The bread pudding looks divine

  9. Happy Bithday! That pudding looks heavenly!



  10. Happy birthday, Gracie! Love you! XOXOXOXXOXOXO

  11. Hope you have a blast on your birthday! Glad you found a dessert that has your favourite things. Nos, let’s get that beer!

  12. stephanie says:

    I know why I loke you we like the same things AND we are both Cancers…i wish someone would make this for me today for my birthday!

  13. Happy birthday Peabody. You can celebrate your birthday however you like, delicious bread pudding, beer and all.

  14. Happy Birthday chica! Sitting back with good beer(s) and some PUMPKIN CHEESECAKE BREAD PUDDING (um, hello HEAVEN) sounds like the perfect way to celebrate. So can calories not count for ME on your birthday as well? Because I seriously need an excuse to make this.

  15. Happy Birthday! The bread pudding looks delicious!

  16. Happy birthday! That looks awesome!

  17. Happy Birthday! Enjoy Beer Fest & I’ll enjoy the bread pudding…

  18. Oh my goodness – these are my favorite things also. I am going to have to convince my cheesecake hating husband to actually let me make this.

    Happy Birthday!

  19. Happy birthday, Peabody!!

    Enjoy the beer fest, I’m a little jealous! We had one here in Columbus a while ago, but it was a little too pricey. Too bad, because I just took a “Beer & Wine in Western Culture” class! You should let us know which beers you tried and liked (if you can remember them all ;) )

    This bread pudding looks amazing; my boyfriend also loves store-bought and pre-packaged to homemade. All the more from-scratch goodies for us!

  20. Aw, yeah! Thanks for passing this along and I’m sooo looking forward to all your adaptions. Bring ‘em on!

    Happy Birthday!

  21. Julia M says:

    Happy, Happy Birthday! I hope this year brings you everything you wish for (and many more fantastic recipes and photos for us)!

  22. Happy Birthday Peabody!

  23. Happy birthday!!!!!!!!!

  24. Happy Birthday! You made such a delicious dessert for yourself. Oh and I may just have one or two beers tonight. It’s summer right? :)

  25. Happy Birthday!!!
    What a cutie pie you were on that elephant!

  26. Crumble some bacon on top, drizzle it with carmel (my other obsession) grab a spoon and call it a day. Have a glorious birthday celebration!

  27. Happy Birthdayy! This looks amazingly good, ive never had pumpkin in a dessert before, yum.

  28. And here I thought this would be a post for monkey bread! (The bread pudding sounds fantastic, however.) Happy birthday, Peabody!

  29. Happybirthday for July 2! This bread pudding sounds devine …

  30. How on earth were you able to meld three of my favorite desserts together? That is amazing as always. Happy Birthday!

  31. Happy birthday Peabody! Pumpkin Cheesecake Bread Pudding HAS to be better than any cake! Hope yo enjoy the beer fest too.

  32. Thank you for the nice comment on my blog! And oh my, that Pumpkin Cheesecake Bread Pudding (!) looks absolutely fantastic. As do most of the mouthwatering things you feature on your blog. I desperately wish I had your culinary skills. (Your husband would love me because the only cakes I can bake come out of boxes ;) )

    Early wishes for a very happy birthday! :)

  33. Happy Birthday!

    I will definitely have a beer, but I have to confess to liking crappy beer. Where I’m from, you can get flogged for that, so it will have to be a clandestine beer.

  34. Sorry for being late but I hope you had an awesome birthday :)

  35. happy Cananda day! and happy birthday, too…i will have a beer in your honor!

  36. Wow, all your favorite food groups in one recipe! I wish you a Very Happy Birthday, indeed, Peabody.Meanwhile, we are enjoying our Canada Day this July 1st, however the weather feels like October.

  37. Happy Birthday!

    p.s. I think you should take the bunny instead of the dog to beerfest. A drunk bunny is always more entertaining than a drunk dog.

  38. Happy birthday!!! And pumpkin cheesecake bread pudding? No, no no. With butterscotch sauce? No, no, NO! And by “no,” I mean, why am I not there to eat some?? :)

  39. Happy Birthday!
    What a great idea, cheesecake and bread pudding in one. Why not just caramalize some bacon and sprinkle it on top? :-)

  40. Oh and regarding the cake mix and canned icing thing? My sister-in-law, when I offered to make her a cake one year for her birthday, requested a McCains Deep and Delicious frozen cake that you can buy for $1.99. Bleh! So I sympathize with you on that birthday cake.

  41. Hope your birthday is extra special. The Birthday Girl Pumpkin Cheesecake Bread Pudding looks great. You’re right – what’s not to like?

  42. merry and cheerful birthday to you–enjoy your day (and your treats). :)

  43. Happy Birthday! This sounds like the perfect way to celebrate your birthday. Beer, bread pudding, and the pooch. Your husband, as many wonderful qualities as he has, is certifiable.

  44. Melissa says:

    We’re birthday buddies! I hope you have a super day. I, for one, am planning to eat as many of my favorites as possible. Here’s to us!

  45. Happy Birthday!! I’ll just be over here drooling over that bread pudding… ;)

  46. Have a great birthday today! And all the chocolate and beer you want!

  47. Jessica says:

    Today’s the big day! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! Enjoy!

  48. Happy birthday!

  49. Happy Birthday!!!

    WOW WOW WOW This is my dream come true too! It has been bookmarked and it’s quite possible I’ll be making it for my own birthday in September!

  50. I am late in response so I hope your birthday was splendiferous.
    This concoction of goodies sounds wonderful.
    By the way, you are looking grand!

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