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Butternut Squash Bread Pudding
© William Meppem

Butternut Squash Bread Pudding

  • ACTIVE: 40 MIN
  • TOTAL TIME: 2 HRS 30 MIN
  • SERVINGS: 12
  • MAKE-AHEAD
  • VEGETARIAN
  1. 1 1/2 pounds butternut squash, halved lengthwise and seeded
  2. Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  3. One 1 1/2-pound loaf of sourdough bread, ends trimmed, loaf cut into 1-inch cubes
  4. 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  5. 2 medium leeks, white and tender green parts only, chopped
  6. 2 garlic cloves, minced
  7. 15 large eggs
  8. 3 cups milk
  9. 3 cups heavy cream
  10. 2 teaspoons chopped thyme
  11. 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  1. Preheat the oven to 400°. Butter a shallow 10-by-15-inch baking dish. Season the squash with salt and pepper and set the halves on a rimmed baking sheet, cut side down. Bake the squash for 35 minutes, or until just tender. Let cool slightly, then peel and cut into 1/2-inch dice.
  2. On 2 large rimmed baking sheets, toast the bread until dry and just crisp, about 10 minutes. Let cool completely. Reduce the oven temperature to 350°.
  3. Meanwhile, melt the butter in a medium skillet. Add the leeks and garlic and cook over moderately high heat for 2 minutes. Reduce the heat to moderately low and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 20 minutes.
  4. In a large bowl, whisk the eggs. Whisk in the milk, cream, thyme, nutmeg and 1 1/2 teaspoons of salt and 1 teaspoon of pepper. Add the bread cubes and let stand for 15 minutes. Gently fold in the squash and leeks and transfer to the prepared baking dish. Bake for 1 hour, or until browned on top and just set. Let rest for 15 minutes before serving.
Make Ahead The bread pudding can be prepared earlier in the day and reheated.