Caramel Apple Bread Pudding is so sweet and delicious, your family will insist you add it to your family favorites recipes.
The next time you’re shopping, grab a bag of Gala apples and a can or two of apple pie filling. They’ll come in handy when you’re whipping up all sorts of apple recipes. For example, take a peek at these Caramel Apple Crisps Cups or this recipe for Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars.
Caramel Apple Bread Pudding
When the air turns nippy and the leaves start to turn, everyone makes a mad dash to buy pumpkin spice. No judgment here! I’d put pumpkin spice in about anything. But, allow me to advocate for apple pie spice. It’s every bit as good as pumpkin spice and certainly as versatile.
If you’re feeling ambitious, go ahead and make your own apple pie spice to use in this recipe and throughout the season. You only need cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice. (Some folks like cardamom, too.) Honestly, I just buy the stuff!
You need stale bread for this recipe.
Stale bread will soak up the custard you’re making (the egg mixture). To make stale bread, cut it up into cubes and let it sit out overnight. You should be good to go the next day!
Oh my gosh, I just thought of something I’ll bet you’ll love. It’s a quick recipe to make your own applesauce in the slow cooker. Super-duper easy and so fresh. Makes grocery store applesauce look like a cruel joke.
Enjoy your yummy dessert!
Caramel Apple Bread Pudding
Bread Pudding Ingredients:
- 14 oz French bread stale*
- 1 bag 3/4 lb gala apples (peel, core, and dice)
- 4 TBSP butter
- 2 1/2 TBSP flour
- 2 tsp apple pie spice
- 3/4 C brown sugar packed
- 1 C water
Egg Mixture Ingredients:
- 5 eggs large
- 4 TBSP unsalted butter melted
- 2 1/4 C milk whole
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 C brown sugar packed
- 1 tsp apple pie spice
- 1 tsp cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Prep the casserole dish with baking spray.
Apple Pie Filling Directions:
- Melt butter using a medium sauce pan on medium heat.
- Begin whisking while adding the flour to the melted butter. Slowly add the brown sugar gently whisking to blend the butter, flour, and the brown sugar together.
- Now slowly add the diced apples, apple pie spice and water, stir and cover.
- Continue to cook over medium heat until the apples are soft. This usually takes about 10-15 minutes.(Stir occasionally. )
- Remove from the heat. Strain through a strainer, reserving the hot juice from the apples. (The juice will be added to the cooked bread pudding)
- Set aside the apples to allow to cool a little.
Bread pudding directions:
- Add the stale bread to the baking dish. Evenly spread it out throughout the baking dish. Space out the bread pieces before adding the cooked apples. Watch out when working with the apples. Remember they will still be a little hot while spreading them over the bread. (Work the apples around to get between the bread)
- Whisk the eggs, milk, melted butter, vanilla, brown sugar (1/2 cup), apple pie spice, and cinnamon in a large mixing bowl. Pour this mixture over the top of the apples and bread. Using your hands press down on the bread very lightly. Transfer to the oven.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes. Pull out of the oven so you can carefully touch the center to see if it is done. (If the bread pudding feels dense and firm that means that the eggs are cooked.) If it is not done return to to oven. If it is done carefully pour the reserved cooked apple juice all over the top of the baked bread pudding.
- Serve the bread pudding warm. You can add a dollop of fresh whipped cream of a scoop of ice cream.
- We store the leftovers, covered, in the refrigerator. Then as you want you can heat up the bread pudding adding toppings as you wish.
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- Baking sheet
- Medium sauce pan w/ cover
- 9x13 in casserole dish
- Baking spray
- Large mixing bowl
Bake: 55 min
Makes: 9 servings