26 December 2019

Apple Bread and Butter Pudding

Apple Bread and Butter Pudding - Classic British Comfort Food / www.delightfulrepast.com

I love a well made Bread and Butter Pudding, don't you? I've never really cared for ones with raisins or other dried fruits, but I do love one with some lightly cooked apples. And, of course, I used all organic ingredients and far less sugar than most recipes call for, so it's practically health food!

It's the perfect traditional comfort food dessert to warm you up on a cold evening. And you can make it ahead, which always makes me happy. I made this one large batch to serve to guests on two different evenings, putting half in the refrigerator for the first guests and half in the freezer for the others.

Apple Bread and Butter Pudding - Classic British Comfort Food / www.delightfulrepast.com


My ingredient quantities exactly fill a 13x9x2-inch 3-quart Pyrex baking dish. So don't get all loosey-goosey with the measurements unless you don't mind using an additional dish for the extra mixture. You can freeze it whole or cut into servings. Either way, move it from freezer to refrigerator the night before and then reheat in oven or microwave just before serving.

Mr Delightful likes the pudding cold with whipped cream. I like it warm, not hot, with a small scoop of organic vanilla ice cream. What's your preference?

Apple Bread and Butter Pudding - Classic British Comfort Food / www.delightfulrepast.com
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Apple Bread and Butter Pudding


(Makes 12 servings)

16 ounces (454 grams) good sliced white bread
3 medium (about 6 ounces/grams each) Golden Delicious or other good baking apples, skin on, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
4 tablespoons (1 ounce/28 grams) unsalted butter
1/4 packed cup (1.75 ounces/50 grams) dark brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
6 large eggs (medium in UK)
1/2 cup (2.33 ounces/66 grams) sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon mace or nutmeg
2 cups (16 fluid ounces/473 ml) milk
1 cup (8 fluid ounces/237 ml) heavy cream
2 tablespoons (1 fluid ounce/30 ml) brandy
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 Butter a 13x9x2-inch baking dish. Using bread that's a few days old (I often use 12 slices from the 1 1/2-pound loaf of Arnold/Brownberry/Oroweat potato bread), leave the crusts on, stack the bread a few slices at a time and cut into cubes, 16 squares per slice.

Note: This Fallue - Norman Brioche is excellent for bread puddings. Cut 1-inch thick slices and cut them into 1-inch cubes.

2 In a very large skillet (or Dutch oven) over medium heat, cook apples, butter, brown sugar and cinnamon until butter and sugar are melted and apples are softening a bit, about 10 minutes or so. Remove from heat and let stand to cool a bit while preparing the custard.

3 In 2-quart bowl, whisk together eggs, sugar, mace, salt, milk, cream, brandy and vanilla extract.

4 Add bread cubes to apples in skillet, mixing gently (you may use your impeccably clean hands!). Pour mixture into prepared baking dish, and spread evenly. Pour custard over all. And I don't know if you really need to, but I like to press the top down gently just to settle everything in. Let stand for 30 minutes or so. During the last 10 or 15 minutes, preheat the oven to 350F/180C/Gas4.

5 Bake until puffed and golden and knife inserted in center comes out clean, about 45 minutes. Transfer dish to rack and cool about 20 to 30 minutes to serve warm with either ice cream or Custard Sauce. Or refrigerate for at least 3 hours to serve chilled with whipped cream. It's also delicious at room temperature. Will keep in refrigerator for 2 to 3 days; in the freezer, for 2 to 3 months.

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Jean

52 comments:

Angie's Recipes said...

Less sugar is always better! And I love the pairing with fresh apples. The pudding looks fantastic, Jean.

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Thank you, Angie. I'm making it again in a day or two and putting some in the freezer.

Thomas "Sully" Sullivan said...

I’m still running around with my “onion goggles” on and a jar of caramel, so I’ll pass on the bread pudding. But “Mr. Delightful” as a point about eating things cold. If I’m not wild about a certain food, it usually tastes better after it’s been in the fridge overnight. Also seems to set it up for some added sweetness or spice. I’m imagining cold bread pudding with some peach preserves…

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Sully, of course someone who doesn't like bread wouldn't expect to like bread pudding; but it actually does not seem "bready" in the way you might expect. But I'm not going to encourage you to try one when you're out because there are an awful lot of them out there that aren't "proper" puddings and then you'd say, "There you go!"

Louca por porcelana said...

It sounds great!And that plate...Oh!It is to die for!Happy 2020!

Gerlinde de Broekert said...

You know that I never made a bread pudding, it’s time that I change that. I think I also would like this warm with ice cream.

Karen @ Beatrice Euphemie said...

This does look wonderful, Jean! I love your healthier version. Hope you have a lovely New Year - thank you for all the great recipes you share! x Karen

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Thank you, Maristella. I also have that pattern in pink. Just a few pieces of each. Happy 2020 to you!

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Gerlinde, I do hope you'll try it soon and let me know how you liked it! How exciting to be making it for the first time!

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Karen, thanks so much! And I hope you're having a cozy winter and, soon, a wonderful 2020.

TONY said...

Hi Jean, I hope you and Mr Delightful had a ,"delightful," Christmas..!! (take no notice!!!)
My Mum used to make bread and butter pudding with stale bread. A sort of not letting anything go to waste mind set. War Time austerity and all that. I must admit I like it made with currents and raisins and all those things. Cinnamon and nut meg are what really makes it though.

What on earth is going to happen to us all next year?
Think of us Brits in our hour of need in the coming year.
Happy New Year by the way.

Darlene said...

Yum, this looks great. May have to try it. Thanks and Happy New Year.

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Tony, I wouldn't turn down your pudding made with currants and raisins, I just prefer it without. Even though we aren't in the midst of wartime austerity, like your mum, I try to avoid food waste. We never seem to have stale bread, so for things like bread pudding and turkey dressing/stuffing I just leave it out a bit. Wishing you a wonderful 2020.

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Thanks, Darlene. I hope you'll try it soon!

Irene said...

Yummy!

Tante Mali said...

Oh my dear,
what a wonderful dish. I really love such kind of traditional food. Thank you so much for the recipe.
Happy happy new year
Elisabeth

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Thanks, Irene!

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Elisabeth, thank you. I do hope you'll try it soon and let me know how you liked it!

April J Harris said...

Your bread and butter pudding looks delicious, Jean! I love apples in baked desserts, so this is perfect for me. I love my bread pudding warm with a bit of good vanilla ice cream, but my husband prefers his with British custard. Sharing this wonderful dessert on the Hearth and Soul Facebook page. Thank you for bringing it to the Hearth and Soul Link Party. I hope you had a lovely Christmas!

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

April, thank you so much. So kind of you to share it on your SM! I like custard on just about everything, as your husband probably does as well! :-)

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

Ooh Jean, I would love your bread pudding with apples!!! Bread pudding is such comfort food, and yes please, I’d love it warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Happy New Year to you!

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Kitty, thank you! Wishing you and yours a wonderful 2020.

Tamago said...

Your apple bread and butter pudding looks delicious. It’s always better with fresh fruits compared to dried ones :-) I’m with you, I’d like it warm with ice cream!

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Thank you, Tamago! Wish I had some right now to warm me up!

thepaintedapron.com said...

I have been craving bread pudding lately and yours has me drooling! Pinned!
Jenna

Cocoa and Lavender said...

Brioche is definitely the way I would go, too. Never had a bread pudding with fresh fruit - wonderful idea! I might use vanilla ice cream over whipped... my body is funny: it doesn’t like whipped cream but somehow tolerates ice cream. Go figure. Happy New Year to you and the Mr.!

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Thank you, Jenna. I hope you'll give it a try soon!

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Thanks, David. I know -- food sensitivities are funny things! Wishing you and yours a wonderful 2020. Happy cooking!

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

I have made a few bread puddings as I love bread {maybe too much} but mine usually have raisins in it. This is a nice healthy twist to it. It's easy too and I like that. I'll take mine warmed just a bit with a scoop of ice cream, please! Yum! Wishing you and your loved ones a wonderful, healthy and happy New Year!

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Sandi, thank you. I hope you and your family have a wonderful 2020. And do make this pudding -- I know you'll like it!

ellen b. said...

That would be a delicious New Year's dessert. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas!

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Thank you, Ellen. Wishing you a wonderful 2020. Hope you're staying cozy!

Phil in the Kitchen said...

This is perfect for a winter evening and I'd definitely choose ice cream with it. The contrast of warm and cold is all part of the pleasure for me. I'm a serious apple fan and so I'm all in favour of your version. Dried fruit is more common in England but not in my house. Funnily enough, I said that your one-pan French onion chicken dish reminded me of a northern French dish and so does this. I've come across a bread (well, often brioche) and butter pudding with apples several times there. They were called 'pain de chien" (no idea why) or sometimes just "le pudding". Have an excellent New Year.

Lowcarb team member said...

Looks and sounds delicious.

Wishing you a Happy New Year.

All the best Jan

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Phil, thanks. I hope you'll make it soon. I'm not sure where my French influence comes in--perhaps from my English grandmother who was a Francophile. I don't think she ever crossed the Channel, but she was very impressed with all things French. Your comments, as well as your blog posts, are always so informative.

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Thank you, Jan! I hope you have a wonderful 2020.

handmade by amalia said...

This takes me back. My mother used to make something similar every Saturday morning when we were kids and it always made the house smell amazing. I wish you only good things for the coming year, dear Jean, can't wait to see what you make.
Amalia
xo

Jeanie said...

This looks delicious! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas! I'm very late to the party!

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Thank you so much, Amalia. What a lovely food memory to have--I wonder if your mother called it French Toast Casserole or some such thing?

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Jeanie, thanks. I don't doubt that you are "late to the party"--you've probably been quite busy!

Treat and Trick said...

I love the twist you ave made to this classic recipe and made it healthier too..

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Nora, thank you so much! We love apples, so I put them in everything!

Kim Whysall-Hammond said...

Hmmm, this looks well worth trying. I will have to suggest it gently to hubby (he is the bread pudding king in our house), but it should be OK, as he is mad about apples!

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Thanks, Kim. And do come back and let me know how the "king" liked it! :D

Miz Helen said...

We will just love this very special bread pudding! Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday in 2019 and hope you will include the party in 2020. Wishing you and your family a very Happy New Year!
Miz Helen

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Miz Helen, thank you so much! Yours is one of about three linkups tied for first place in my book so, yes, you'll see me in 2020! Wishing you a wonderful 2020.

The Tea Chest said...

Sounds delicious, I haven't tried one with apple before. We are about to head off sailing and this would work well onboard. Thank you ♥

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

TTC, thank you. Yes, it should make lovely boat food! Happy sailing!

Dee | Grammy's Grid said...

Looks good! Thanks so much for linking up at the #UnlimitedMonthlyLinkParty 8. Pinned. If you have any soup recipes, I'd like to invite you to link them up at my themed party for soup, open until January 10th.

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Thanks, Dee. Pins are always appreciated! I'll check out that linkup.

Meditations in Motion said...

Wow! This looks delicious. I am saving this for a special occasion. Thank you!

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Thanks, MIM! I think you're going to like it. Let me know!

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