Have you ever disliked a certain food or dish before you've ever tried it? That was how I felt about bread pudding. Though I pretty much live for carbs (and bread certainly tops that list) and I love a good pudding, the idea of combining the two just didn't sound appealing. That all changed the moment I heard about pumpkin bread pudding. Since it's a little too early in the season for me to be whipping up pumpkin pies, this sounded like the perfect compromise. It made our place smell heavenly, took minutes to whip up, and the warm, spicy flavors made for an ideal counterpart to our brunch menu (and then later as dessert that night).