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Apple Bread Pudding with Caramel Sauce

Total Time

Prep: 50 min. Bake: 40 min.

Makes

16 servings (1-3/4 cups sauce)

This apple bread pudding with caramel sauce has been in my life for a long time. It's a family fave and always on my buffet when I put together a brunch. It's also special enough for dinner dessert. —Cleo Gonske, Redding, California
Apple Bread Pudding with Caramel Sauce Recipe photo by Taste of Home

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 4 cups chopped peeled tart apples (about 4 medium)
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • BREAD PUDDING:
  • 6 large eggs
  • 2-1/2 cups 2% milk
  • 1-1/2 cups plus 2 tablespoons sugar, divided
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Dash ground nutmeg
  • 1 loaf (1 pound) French bread, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • CARAMEL SAUCE:
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons butter

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large skillet, heat butter over medium heat. Add apples, sugar, raisins, walnuts and cinnamon; bring just to a boil, stirring constantly. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, until apples are tender, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla.
  2. For bread pudding, in a large bowl, whisk eggs, milk, 1-1/2 cups sugar, cream, vanilla and nutmeg until blended. Stir in bread cubes and apple mixture. Transfer to a greased 13x9-in. baking dish. Sprinkle with remaining sugar. Bake, uncovered, 40-45 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.
  3. For caramel sauce, in a small heavy saucepan, combine sugar and water; stir gently to moisten all the sugar. Cook over medium-low heat, gently swirling pan occasionally, until sugar is dissolved. Cover; bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Cook 1 minute.
  4. Uncover pan; continue to boil until syrup turns a medium amber color. Immediately remove from heat and carefully stir in cream and butter. Serve with warm bread pudding.

Nutrition Facts

1 serving: 606 calories, 27g fat (15g saturated fat), 149mg cholesterol, 312mg sodium, 87g carbohydrate (68g sugars, 2g fiber), 8g protein.

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