Sunday, September 23, 2012

Chunky Apple-Apricot Bread Pudding #SundaySupper

It's an Autumn Apple Party today here at #SundaySupper!  Fall is in the air!  Time for mums on the front steps, all the beautiful colors of Fall and all things APPLE!


Cindy @Cindy's Recipes and Writings  is our Hostess this week.  Our awesome #SundaySupper Movement with Isabel have over 50 apple recipes to share!  This is a recipe for a delicious, comforting bread pudding, that honestly - I could not stop eating!

Chunky Apple-Apricot Bread Pudding
  • 1 Tbsp. soft butter
  • 1 cup plus 2 Tbsp. sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • Finely grated zest of 1 lemon 
  • 3 cups day-old hearty white bread, cut in 1-inch cubes
  • 1-1/2 lbs. firm baking apples, peeled, cored, and cut into 1-inch chunks (I used Braeburn)
  • 6 Tbsp. apricot preserves
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped toasted walnuts

Arrange a rack in the middle of the oven and heat to 350 degrees F.  Coat the bottom and sides of a 11 x 7 baking dish with the softened butter.  Sprinkle 3 Tbsp. of the sugar on the buttered surface; tilt and shake the pan so it's sugared.  Stir together 1/4 cup of the sugar with the cinnamon.

For the custard:  Whisk the eggs in a large bowl until thoroughly blended.  Gradually pour in the cream, milk, and all the remaining sugar (3/4 cup) whisking to incorporate, then whisk in the salt, vanilla and lemon zest.  Add the bread cubes into the custard, pushing them down so they are all submerged, and stir in the apple chunks.

Spoon the pudding into the baking dish, spread everything out to fill the dish in an even layer and smooth the top.  Drop teaspoonfuls of the apricot preserves on the pudding, distributing it all evenly, then scatter the chopped walnuts on top.


Finally, sprinkle the cinnamon sugar over the pudding.


Put the pudding dish inside a roasting pan, and set the big pan in the oven.  Carefully pour hot (not boiling) water into the roasting pan, enough to come halfway up the sides of the baking dish - don't splash the pudding!

Bake for 1 hour and 20 minutes, or until the top is golden brown and the custard is set.  Carefully lift the roasting pan from the oven to a solid surface.  Leave the pudding dish in the water bath to cool gradually. 


Serve family-style while it is still warm.
I added a little caramel sauce to bring this over the top!



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40 comments:

  1. Sounds like a great bread pudding Patti! Love the addition of the jam:@)

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  2. So I made the mistake of showing this to my husband, a bread pudding addict and now he wants it for elevenses. :)

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  3. Mums! I need mums! My husband would LOVE this bread pudding.

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  4. Oh dear, this is wonderful! I am drooling when I see the caramel sauce on top of the pudding bread. Great recipe. Thanks for sharing with us.

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  5. apple and apricot is such a divine combination! The bread pudding truly looks wonderful! :)

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  6. What delish bread pudding! I love that apple sign you have too.

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  8. Beautiful Recipe! Love the apricots with the apples, sounds delish!

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  9. Oh I do love a good bread pudding, Patti, and this looks awesome! Love the addition of the caramel sauce, Happy Fall, enjoy the season and all its blessings and goodies. xo

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  10. Love this bread pudding and it screams autumn like none other!!Have to try it soon :)

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  11. This looks like comfort in a bowl - amazing!

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  12. Patti, thank you for dropping by my new blog so I could find you. I'm now following you too. My Mom loves bread pudding and I love anything with caramel, so this bread pudding sounds like a hit to me! So perfect for this time of year too.

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  13. Wow, that looks so good. Thanks for sharing.

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  14. Oh wow! That is really all I have to say.....WOW....Have any leftovers?

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  15. Oh my gosh...this looks amazing. And I actually gasped when I came here to your blog today...I love the fall makeover!

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  16. Love bread pudding and this combo of apricot & apples sounds delish !!

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  17. What wonderful autumn flavors! Just gorgeous.

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  18. I've been looking forward to this recipe since I spotted it on FB. It looks so good. Happy #SS!

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  19. I was already thinking this sounded amazing... but, then you said caramel sauce and my mouth dropped! OMG! That must be so incredible!

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  20. Bread pudding is such a favorite of mine. The jam is an unexpected and wonderful surprise!

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  21. I love a good bread pudding recipe, this one is perfect for the season. Thank you for sharing!

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  22. Sounds yummy! Bread pudding always makes me think of autumn...

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  23. I love bread pudding! You recipe looks so good!

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  24. This looks delicious. Love bread pudding.

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  25. I think you just changed a lot of people's biases against bread pudding. This looks so good.

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  26. I love, love, love bread pudding and this looks so good. Love the autumn feel of your site!!

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  27. I haven't always been a huge fan of bread pudding, but this looks insanely good!

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  28. Bread pudding with apples and apricots too! Awesome!

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  29. This looks amazing! I've already bookmarked it to make when I get back home!

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  30. I have yet to find mums up here in Alaska. I have pumpkins out there though! And my sunflowers are still hanging on...though after our 20 degree temps last night, I don't think they will be around for long.... I love the combination of the apricots with the apples. Looks simply delicious!

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  31. Patti, I love that you added apricot preserves to your apple bread pudding! Such lovely flavors!!! Great #SS post :)

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  32. Patti, i am just staring at your photos of this bread pudding! I'm gaining weight at the same time! What a great recipe! Perfect for fall too!

    Hugs,
    Roz

    PS: I LOVE this new blog template!

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  33. This is my idea of a perfect Sunday Brunch. I'm going to go get a big load of challah bread and make this dish on my cheat day,I am dieting right now :( and it will hold me over the week. I'm pretty sure.

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  34. This looks so very comforting! Just love those dollops of apricot preserves on the top.

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  35. OMG this bread pudding sounds and looks amazing! I can just imagine how good your home smelled while this was baking. And you're right - that caramel sauce just makes this that much better. Is that a photo of the front of your house? If it is - I love it! I live in a condo but if I had a house, I'd deck it all out for seasons/holidays too.

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  36. This looks like a decadent bread pudding!

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  37. The apples and apricots together in this bread sound amazing!

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  38. Oh I love how you paired apples and apricots together. A little ray of sunshine, if you will. I bet this would be great using apple butter instead. Double the apple!

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  39. What a beautiful dish! Apples and apricots together sound delicious!

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