Apple-Caramel Bread Pudding
This melt-in-your-mouth bread pudding, laced with caramel and layered with apples, can be made with any type of day-old bread. Torn bread can be toasted ahead of time and stored in an airtight container. You can prepare the caramelized apple mixture the day before and store in the fridge in an airtight container (just bring it to room temperature before baking). Recipe from Right at Home.
Let Sit: 10 Minutes
- 1/4 cup(s) unsalted butter, plus 1 tablespoon to butter baking dish, or cooking spray
- 6 Golden Delicious, McIntosh or Winesap apples, about 2 1/2 inches in diameter, peeled, halved and cored
- 1 tablespoon(s) lemon juice
- 1/2 teaspoon(s) ground cinnamon
- 1/2 cup(s) packed brown sugar, divided
- 1/2 cup(s) chopped walnuts or dried fruit (like raisins, cranberries, cherries, currants)
- 4 cup(s) packed day-old bread (white, French, Italian, challah or brioche, or stale croissants), cut or torn into 1– to 2–inch pieces
- 2 eggs, plus 2 egg yolks, at room temperature
- 2 cup(s) milk, room temperature
- 1 teaspoon(s) vanilla
- 1/8 teaspoon(s) ground nutmeg
- Step 1 Place the baking rack in the center of the oven and heat to 350 degrees F.
- Step 2 Butter a shallow 1 1/2-quart baking dish (11 by 7 by 1 1/2 inches), or spray generously with cooking spray.
- Step 3 Cut the apples into 1/2-inch-thick slices. In a large bowl, mix together apples, lemon juice and cinnamon. Set aside.
- Step 4 Melt the 1/4 cup of butter and 1/4 cup brown sugar in a 10– to 12–inch heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Stir in the apple mixture using a wooden or heat-resistant spatula and cook over same medium-high heat, stirring frequently until the apples are softened and begin to turn golden brown, about 10 to 15 minutes. Stir in the walnuts or dried fruit and transfer the mixture to a large bowl. Set aside to cool slightly, about 10 minutes.
- Step 5 While the caramelized apple mixture is cooling, toast the bread on a baking sheet in the oven until crisp and the edges are just starting to color, about 6 to 8 minutes. Set aside on baking rack.
- Step 6 Once the caramelized apple mixture is slightly cooled, gently and evenly spread half into the buttered baking dish. Add the toasted bread to the remaining apples in the bowl and stir to combine; then spoon the mixture into the baking dish.
- Step 7 In a medium bowl combine the eggs, egg yolks, milk, remaining 1/4 cup of brown sugar, vanilla and nutmeg and whisk until the sugar is dissolved, about 2 minutes. Then pour evenly over the apple and bread mixture and let it sit for 10 minutes until the bread has absorbed the liquid.
- Step 8 Bake until puffed and browned on the top and the custard is set, about 45 to 55 minutes. Serve hot, warm or chilled.
This recipe is a personal recipe added by psfreeman and has not been tested or endorsed by MyRecipes.
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