Neighborhood Eats: Pumpkin bread pudding at Anthony David's

HOBOKEN, New Jersey (WABC) -- Neighborhood Eats heads to a family owned spot that's been a staple in Hoboken for almost two decades.

It's family owned by a family from the neighborhood, and people find themselves popping in several times a week.

Anthony David's is located at 953 Bloomfield Street on the corner of 10th Street in Hoboken.

"We love the food and the atmosphere. It's decorated beautiful for Christmas, and we just always know we are going to have a great breakfast here," a customer said.

At Anthony David's they serve brunch all day, every day.

"We love brunch, and why not have it every day," said Liz Pino, an owner.

Liz and Anthony Pino were college sweethearts before going into business together.

They opened Anthony David's on a brownstone street near their home in Hoboken 17 years ago.

First they served provisions and prepared food, but the chef in Anthony wanted more.

So they started with brunch, added in afternoon antipasto, and dinner.

"Everyone comes here, it's their go-to place to eat, friends, family, quick cup of coffee, to a full brunch, to dinner or event," Anthony said.

Or try their dessert, like the pumpkin bread pudding.

Anthony whisks pumpkin puree with milk and eggs, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, sugar, and vanilla add flavor.

And then challah ripped into pieces is folded in.

It's transferred to a baking pan and then into the oven.

A little Jack Daniels sauce and pumpkin seed brittle tops it off, and you can make it for your holiday meal.

"Make it 2-3 days in advance, take it out that morning, and let it rest to room temperature, a quick heat. It's not too heavy, not too sweet," Anthony said.

But when you're done cooking for the holidays relax with brunch, crab cake eggs Benedict, or made to order donuts.

They even have something healthy like a kale salad.

One facet of the Pino brand, "We have a wine bar, we are opening a new restaurant in May, and we have an event company so it's just bountiful," Anthony said.

"We come here for any meal that we can. It's always great, it's consistent, it's creative, it's one of the best restaurants that we go to," a customer said.

Pumpkin Bread Pudding Recipe

1c Canned Pumpkin
1 loaf Challah Bread torn into 1x1 inch pieces
3/4tsp Ground Cinnamon
2tbsp. Vanilla Extract
c Granulated Sugar
Pinch of Ginger
3 Eggs cracked and whisked
12oz Whole milk
Pinch of Salt
1.5c Candied Pumpkin Seeds

For the Sauce:
1.5tbsp. Jack Daniels
1c Powdered sugar


In a mixing bowl add milk, all the spices, pumpkin, vanilla, sugar, eggs.

Whisk all the ingredients until completely incorporated.

Now add the torn challah bread and allow the bread to soak up the mixed ingredients.

This will take about 10 to 15 minutes.

Using a wooden spoon fold the ingredients together until they become one together.

Transfer the mixture to a 9 x 9 buttered tray and bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes.

Top with Jack Daniels sauce, and garnish with pumpkin seeds.

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