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Pumpkin Bread Pudding (Instant Pot Recipe)

Enjoy this scrumptious pumpkin bread pudding straight from your Instant Pot as a wonderful way to welcome the Fall season or celebrate with your family. My Instant Pot Bread Pudding can serve as breakfast or dessert and has all the pumpkin spice flavor you crave.

Pumpkin Pie Bread Pudding Dessert with a piece being removed with a pie server.

Nothing brings us the comfort of Fall like the fan-favorite pumpkin flavor in recipes from drinks to dessert. Pumpkin Pie Bread Pudding is perfect for breakfast or dessert.

Why You’ll Love This Instant Pot Bread Pudding

Low-heat option. In early Fall, the last thing you want to do is heat up your kitchen. The Instant Pot does a great job of making bread pudding without adding heat to your home.

Make supper at the same time. Since you won’t be using your oven or stovetop to make the bread pudding, you can still get supper going and have both ready at the same time. Perfect for holidays!

Fast and Easy. Stir the ingredients together, put it all in the pressure cooker, and walk away. No complexity.

Ultimate Fall Comfort Food. When you want a pumpkin dessert, nothing shines as much as a pumpkin bread pudding. It’s pumpkin and bread pudding together. All the favorites.

A fork stuck into a slice of punkin pie bread pudding.

Equipment Needed To Make Pumpkin Bread Pudding Recipe

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Ingredients For Your Pumpkin Bread Pudding

Ingredients: eggs, sugar, salt, French bread cubes, vanilla, butter, heavy cream, pumpkin, spices.
  • Canned Pumpkin. This is not the same as pumpkin pie filling.
  • Heavy Cream. Sometimes this is called heavy whipping cream.
  • Eggs. Large Grade A eggs are best.
  • Sugar. White sugar, which is usually called granulated sugar, is perfect. Extra fine sugar is nice in puddings to give it an even more smooth texture but is not required.
  • Butter. Real salted butter is preferred. You can use a dairy substitute if that is all you have, but it will impact the flavor.
  • Vanilla Extract. Use pure vanilla extract or substitute with vanilla bean paste.
  • Pumpkin Pie Spice. A blend of nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, all-spice, ginger, and cardamom.
  • Cinnamon. Extra cinnamon to balance the spice flavors.
  • Salt. A little bit of salt is necessary for the chemistry of the dish and to intensify the flavors.
  • French Bread. Purchase a loaf or two the day before and cut it into cubes. This is also a great way to use up unused French bread when you buy extra or forget to use it in a timely manner.

Please note, that the printable recipe card has ingredient quantities, complete instructions, and nutritional information. The following is a quick overview of the recipe.

H2: How To Make Pumpkin Bread Pudding

Step 1: Prepare the pan.

Spray your springform pan with non-stick spray. Place ~1/2 cup of water in the bottom of the Instant Pot and set it to saute so that it preheats the water. Follow your manufacturer’s instructions for the minimum amount of water you can use.

Step 2: Blend the ingredients.

Bread Pudding liquid ingredients blended together in a bowl.

Blend together the pumpkin, cream, eggs, sugar, melted butter, vanilla extract, and seasonings. Fold in the bread and mix it all up.

Step 3: Spread it out.

Pudding spread evenly in the springform pan.

Pour everything into the springform pan and spread it evenly.

Step 4: Line the pan.

Use aluminum foil on the top and bottom of the spring form pan to keep out water.

Springform pan wrapped in foil to prevent water seepage.

Step 5: Place the pan in the Instant Pot on a trivet.

Step 6: Cook on high pressure.

Cover the electric pressure cooker and set the valve to seal. Program for manual or “pressure cook” for 22 minutes.

Step 7: Natural Release.

Step 8: Remove carefully and serve.

What to Pair with Your Instant Pot Bread Pudding

Serve topped with maple syrup, caramel sauce, whipped cream, or ice cream.

Do you eat bread pudding warm or cold?

Cold, warm, or room temperature are all acceptable.

Popular Substitutions & Additions

  • Change the flavor of this Instant Pot Bread Pudding by changing the fruit puree. Applesauce would be fantastic. Mashed banana or mashed sweet potatoes would also work really well.
  • Make your own pumpkin pie spice!
  • Serve with caramel sauce and a sprinkling of coarse kosher salt.
  • Add raisins, craisins, or currents.
  • Add pecans.
  • You can use half and half or milk instead of the cream but it will not be as creamy.
Slice of pumpkin bread pudding in front of Instant Pot and whole pudding.

How To Reheat & Store Pumpkin Bread Pudding

Best Way To Store Instant Pot Bread Pudding Leftovers

Place your leftovers in airtight containers and keep it in the refrigerator for four to six days.

Can I Freeze Pumpkin Bread Pudding?

Freeze individual servings in airtight plastic containers or freezer-quality baggies for grab-n-go desserts or a fast way to serve surprise guests.

How To Reheat Pumpkin Bread Pudding

If you don’t want to eat your bread pudding cold, you can reheat it in the microwave. Start with thirty-second increments until it reaches your desired temperature. Don’t forget that microwaves can heat unevenly.


My Instant Pot hasn’t come up to pressure but is releasing steam. What should I do?

Some steam, in the beginning, is normal. If your IP is releasing steam through the vent hole, make sure the knob is turned to pressure instead of release.

If your IP is releasing steam around the rim of the lid (around the seal), it is likely you didn’t get the seal firmly seeded, and you will need to remove the lid, seed the seal and try again.

A heated plastic seal can be difficult to seed properly, so if you keep an extra plastic seal for your instant pot handy, use the room temperature one. You might also put the plastic seal in the freezer for a few minutes to cool it back down before trying to seal up the pressure cooker again.

To properly seed your plastic ring, press it firmly in place all the way around the lid before putting the lid in place.

Can I use a different-sized spring form pan?

Yes, you can! If you use a larger size make sure it will fit in your instant pot before you fill the pan. Also, note that your pumpkin dessert will not be as tall. The cooking time shouldn’t vary.

Do I have to use a spring form pan?

No, you can use a round cake pan. However, it will be more difficult to serve.

A slice of Instant Pot Bread Pudding drizzled in syrup on a plate.

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Whole pumpkin bread pudding.
A slice of pumpkin pie instant pot bread pudding on a plate with a fork sitting on it.

Pumpkin Bread Pudding (Instant Pot Recipe)

Author: Julie Menghini
Scrumptious pumpkin bread pudding straight from your Instant Pot is a great way to welcome the Fall season. My Instant Pot Bread Pudding is delicious for breakfast or dessert.
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 22 minutes
Course Dessert
Servings: 12


  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 4 eggs – Grade A, large
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp salt — pinch
  • 4 cups cubed French bread


  • Prepare a 7.5-inch springform pan with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Blend together the pumpkin, cream, eggs, sugar, melted butter, vanilla extract, and seasonings. Fold in the bread and mix until the bread is well coated.
  • Transfer the mixture to the springform pan and spread evenly.
  • Cover the bottom and the top of the springform pan with aluminum foil to seal it from the water.
  • Add the minimum required amount of water according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Place the springform pan on a trivet and lower to the bottom of the electric pressure cooker liner.
  • Cover the electric pressure cooker and set the valve to seal. Program for manual or “pressure cook” for 22 minutes.
  • When the cooking cycle is complete, allow the electric pressure cooker to naturally release the pressure until the pressure pin drops.
  • Carefully remove the pan. Remove the foil and unhinge the pan.
  • Serve immediately or refrigerate until serving.


Serve topped with maple syrup, caramel sauce, whipped cream, or ice cream.


Calories: 360kcalCarbohydrates: 52gProtein: 11gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 82mgSodium: 541mgPotassium: 176mgFiber: 2gSugar: 13gVitamin A: 3607IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 70mgIron: 4mg

Nutritional Disclaimer

This recipe was calculated using the exact brands and measurements I used to make this recipe. If you are following a strict diet please note changing anything will cause the nutritional info to change. My calculations are intended as a guide only.

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5 from 5 votes
Recipe Rating


Friday 16th of September 2022

I haven't made too many desserts in my Instant Pot but this one was a winner! My dad loves bread pudding and is in town visiting so this is perfect!

Julie Menghini

Thursday 29th of September 2022

I agree with you! I love bread pudding and this really makes with moist and tender.


Tuesday 13th of September 2022

Bread pudding is one of my favorite desserts of all time, and to add pumpkin to it? SO GOOD. Loving this recipe!

Julie Menghini

Tuesday 13th of September 2022

Thank you, Erin! We love this one too.


Tuesday 13th of September 2022

Bread pudding is one of my FAVORITES! The fact that I could do this one in the Instant Pot made it even better.

Julie Menghini

Tuesday 13th of September 2022

I agree! I'm finding new ways to use and love that appliance!


Sunday 11th of September 2022

This is such a delicious fall dessert. And it was so easy in the instant pot. So glad I tried it.

Julie Menghini

Sunday 11th of September 2022

Thank you, Debi, we love this one too.


Saturday 10th of September 2022

I love the idea of making bread pudding with pumpkin. This reipe is easy tofollow and am bookmarking to try asap!

Julie Menghini

Sunday 11th of September 2022

I do too! Thank you!

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