Apple Bread Pudding
Apple bread pudding is a delicious fall twist on a classic dessert recipe! If you’re in the mood for a yummy apple dessert recipe, you’ll love apple bread pudding made with brioche bread!
Apple Bread Pudding Recipe
Bread pudding is such a delicious dessert that seems a little bit fancier than it actually is. This simple dessert is so easy to bake, yet full of flavor!
This apple bread pudding recipe is made using brioche bread. However, you really could use any bread. I am partial to the brioche bread available at trader joe’s. I think it makes the perfect base for dishes like this.
The brioche bread is also what I use in my stuffing recipe! It’s truly one of my favorites!
This bread pudding recipe is a fall inspired version of the classic. Made with diced fresh apples, it is full of flavor. I love making this recipe each fall whenever we have apples on our trees. It seems that we get apples just about every other year. Many have said this is a normal cycle for apple trees!
What is brioche bread?
Brioche is a type of pastry made with eggs and butter, and in the case you haven’t tried it, I highly suggest it. I love using brioche as a base for homemade stuffings, it has the best flavor!
It’s making my mouth water just thinking about it! I typically use brioche as the base in my homemade stuffings – I mix it with loads of butter, celery, bacon, and raisins!
Bread pudding is traditionally made with some sort of stale bread, often brioche! I used Martha’s recipe as a base for this apple bread pudding, but reduced the milk by a cup since I prefer a less cake-like bread pudding.
I wanted to note that this would be great with walnuts added into the apple mixture! I simply don’t care for nuts in baked desserts, so I opted out of adding them, but if you love the crunch, just add a 1/2 cup of walnuts into the bread & apple mixture before baking!
I have to say, with the new blog design, I am having so much fun blogging again. I feel as if we are all next-door neighbors getting together to chat each day. Thank you so much for being readers & supporters of Boxwood Avenue – let me know if you try any of these recipes!
I have posted the video we shot of this recipe, but it’s not quite up to par yet. I figure I can’t get better at videos without trying, so please stick with me as I learn this new skill!
- 1.5 loaves brioche bread
- 3 cups + 1 tablespoon milk - divided
- 4 eggs
- 1/4 cup + 1/2 cup brown sugar - divided
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1 tsp + 1 tsp vanilla extract - divided
- 4 cups (about 5 whole) apples - peeled & diced
- 1/2 tsp salt
- cinnamon (to taste)
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- Cook the apples: Start by peeling and dicing the apples. You'll want about 4 cups of diced apples.
- Melt 1 stick of butter in a large skillet or pot. Once the butter is melted, add the apples, a few dashes of cinnamon, 1/4 cup brown sugar, and 1 tsp. vanilla extract. Stir to combine. Cover and simmer on low heat for fifteen minutes.
- While the apples simmer, cut the brioche into 1" cubes. Reserve in a large bowl.
- Next, warm 3 cups of milk in a sauce pan on low heat. Do not boil milk - pull it off right before it begins to boil. You want to scald the milk without boiling.
- While the milk warms, and apples continue to simmer, whisk together 4 eggs, 1/2 cup granulated sugar, 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1 tsp. salt, a few healthy dashes of cinnamon (about 2 tsp. depending on how much you like the spice!), and 1 tsp. vanilla in a mixing bowl.
- The milk should be warm "scalded" by now, remove it from the heat and allow to cool slightly.
- Pour the milk into the whisked egg mixture. It's important to not boil the milk else it will cook the eggs. Whisk as you pour so that the mixture is thoroughly combined. Set aside.
- The apples should be cooked at this point, remove them from the heat. Pour the apples into the reserved bread, stir together until thoroughly combined.
- Now you'll put it all together: pour the milk/egg mixture into the bread/apple mixture and stir well. Allow the mixture to soak for 5-10 minutes, or until the bread absorbs the majority of the liquid. The mixture will be pudding-like.
- Pour the pudding into a large greased baking dish. Bake at 350 F for 30-40 minutes, or until baked through and golden brown. Note: If the pudding becomes golden brown before it is baked through, simply cover and cook until it is cooked through.
- Finish with a glaze or syrup, and enjoy!
- For the glaze: In a small mixing bowl combine 1/2 cup powdered sugar, 1 tablespoon milk, and a splash of vanilla. Stir well and drizzle over the top of the pudding!