As a kid bread pudding didn’t appeal to me. Soggy bread? I quickly changed my tune and this Apple Pie Bread Pudding with Vanilla Sauce will change your’s.
This is it, a simple but traditional dessert that you can make all fall and winter, especially for the holidays. Can’t you just picture a warm cozy fire, all of the family snuggled up in the living room or around a table and big bowls of warm Apple Pie Bread Pudding with Vanilla Sauce. Everyone is joking about memories and stories from growing up and you stop for just a moment to watch and listen, taking in every moment.
I love when you let yourself be totally present in the moment. Sometimes I think, please let me remember their little hands and giggles and paint this picture in my mind forever.
Alright, before we get to the important questions, here’s the break down of our Apple Pie Bread Pudding with Vanilla Sauce.
Apple Pie Bread Pudding with Vanilla Sauce
This bread pudding starts off with dense, eggy brioche bread that is first cubed up, crusts mostly removed. We do this in order to toast everything in the oven and really dry out the bread.
The Secret to Bread Pudding
Here’s the thing, starting with really dried out bread, day old bread or toasted like I’ve got so that the bread acts like a dry desert, soaking up all of that rich custard. A regular slice of bread just doesn’t absorb as much as dried bread.
Now, butter or spray your baking dish with nonstick spray. While you’re going to be adding custard it will be completely gone by the time the bread pudding is served which means you’ll likely end up with bread stuck to the bottom of the pan if you’re not on top of things.
Place the dried bread in the dish and let’s move on to the custard.
Custard for Bread Pudding
The custard for bread pudding is made by combining sugar for sweetness, milk and eggs for the pudding which will set well into the bread so there is no liquid remaining and of course spices and fruit.
Traditional bread pudding usually uses raisins, but we chose to mix things up with sweet glazed apples for apple pie filling and crunchy walnuts. If the apples did not have a glaze on them I would have folded them in with the bread and custard, however I chose not to for two reasons.
- The apples with glaze become quite heavy and sink to the bottom of the custard, which leads to another problem, burned apples on the bottom.
- Glazed apples also add more sugar and liquid to the custard which can lead to separation.
Spread the apples and walnuts over the top of the bread pudding and bake for 50 minutes or until the top is golden.
Remove from the oven and serve warm.
Because it’s the holiday season we decided to go with a traditional vanilla sauce which is cooked in a saucepan.
You’ll cook down brown sugar, cream, milk, butter, and even an egg which will lead to a smooth, creamy sauce which has a tablespoon of vanilla thrown in for flavor at the end!
What is Bread Pudding?
Bread pudding is not at all pudding. It really is the dumbest name. I mean, yes there’s a custard that turns the bread soggy, but that’s really it.
Bread pudding is thick pieces of bread that are piled into a casserole dish and covered with a custard made from milk, sugar, eggs, spices and usually a fruit (often raisins).
The entire dish is cooked until the bread has absorbed all of the liquid and resembles a baked french toast.
The bread pudding is almost always served with a warm sauce over the top and is meant to be served without any other toppings.
Is Bread Pudding for Breakfast?
One of our most commonly asked questions is, “Is Bread Pudding for Breakfast?”
Man, I feel ya, it really does seem like it’s just a french toast casserole, am I right?
- So, What’s the Difference Between Bread Pudding and French Toast Casserole?
Nothing. Bread pudding is traditionally bread torn into pieces and served at dinner while a french toast casserole is often whole slices of bread and served at breakfast. Ahhhh yes, that moment when once again you realize you’re eating dessert for your meal.
What Type of Bread for Bread Pudding?
You can actually use different breads to make apple pie bread pudding, but I happen to have a strong opinion so I’ll share that with you anyway.
- French Bread
These are the only breads that I will use because of their dense texture and flavor. You want a bread that is thick and dense enough that it won’t fall apart in all of that custard and something with a great flavor to really enhance anything else you add to the bread pudding.
Is Bread Pudding Baked
Yes, bread pudding is baked and for a long time, anywhere from 45-60 minutes. The bread pudding should be puffed up and slightly golden on top when it is ready.
How to Make Bread Pudding Without Eggs
Eggs are essential to a good, traditional bread pudding, but we understand that there are food restrictions and dietary choices that could cause one to look for an eggless bread pudding recipe. If that’s you, may we recommend just skipping the eggs and using soy milk instead? The eggs really help to create a custard that is thick, creamy and really binds the bread together, but you’ll be ok to switch things up a bit.
How to Serve Bread Pudding
Bread pudding is served by scooping a portion out into a bowl, served warm with a warm sauce over the top. You can totally add ice cream or whipped cream if you’d like as well, but I kind of prefer mine just with the sauce.
Although, there is something wonderful about warm food alongside creamy, cold ice cream…
Up to you!
Can Bread Pudding be Frozen?
I bet you’ll be surprised to learn that bread pudding can in fact be frozen. However, just remember that it can only be frozen once it has been baked entirely. If you attempt to freeze it with the liquid it will separate and go completely soggy. It’s not worth the attempt.
- Cool the bread pudding and cover it with plastic wrap. Alternatively you can remove the bread pudding into a large freezer bag or Tupperware.
- Place the bread pudding in the freezer, making sure to leave it flat.
- How Long will Bread Pudding be Good Frozen?
Once you’ve got the bread pudding in the freezer it should last for 2-3 months. That’s pretty darn good!
Can Bread Pudding be Made Ahead?
You can actually make this an entire day ahead of time, and you have two options when you do so.
- Prep the bread pudding. Place it in the refrigerator and allow it to rest, covered with foil for up to 24 hours before baking.
- Completely bake the bread pudding and merely reheat in the microwave or oven. Be sure that if you’re reheating in the oven you have the entire dish covered with foil. This is to be sure that the top doesn’t over brown or burn.
Looking for more dessert recipes? A good dessert is always a must for the weekend! Maple Glazed Pumpkin Pull Apart Bread, Tres Leches, Mom’s Sticky Buns, Eggnog Poke Cake, Homemade Cinnamon Rolls, or Peanut Butter Caramel Brownies!
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Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 594 Total Fat: 35g Saturated Fat: 19g Trans Fat: 1g Unsaturated Fat: 13g Cholesterol: 208mg Sodium: 323mg Carbohydrates: 62g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 40g Protein: 11g