Bread pudding is a popular dessert in many countries, typically made with stale bread, eggs and cream. But it’s apple season, my friends! And what better way to celebrate an abundance of those sweet, crisp fruits than by trying them in a classic recipe. Am I right?!?
I had bread pudding for the first time on my birthday back in March and I couldn’t believe I’d gone so long without having it. It was hot, moist, sticky and the perfect balance of sweet and salty. I’ve become somewhat obsessed since then and with all the apples currently in stores, it was a no-brainer to whip up this version.
This is a particularly good recipe to have on hand because it uses ingredients you’re likely to have in your kitchen already. I don’t know about you but stale bread seems to multiply in my house and there’s only so many bread crumbs I need. 😂
Thanksgiving is coming up in Canada and I can’t wait to make this for my family. It’s way easier to make than pie and pairs perfectly with vanilla ice cream. If you’re looking for more Thanksgiving recipes, check out my post Family Favourite Thanksgiving Recipes.
Apple Walnut Bread Pudding
Apple Walnut Bread Pudding
- 1/2 Loaf Stale French stick **You can use any other type of crusty bread but it must be dried out.
- 2 Medium Apples **I used Granny Smith for this recipe.
- 1/2 Cup Walnuts, chopped
- 1/4 Cup Salted Butter, melted
- 5 Eggs, beaten
- 2 Cups Milk, 2% preferable
- 1/2 Cup Cream, 10% or higher
- 3/4 Cups Turbinado Sugar **You can substitute with brown sugar.
- 1 Tsp Cinnamon
- 1 Tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
- [Optional] Vanilla Ice Cream
- [Optional] Caramel Sauce
- Preheat oven to 350°F
- Spray a 2.5qt casserole dish with cooking spray.
- Chop up bread into 1-inch cubes. They don't have to be perfect! Add to casserole dish.
- Chop up apples into small cubes. Add to casserole dish.
- Add walnuts and mix up the ingredients so they're evenly distributed.
- In a medium bowl, mix together the remaining measured ingredients with a fork until well combined.
- Pour wet mixture over the dry ingredients in the casserole dish. Ensure all the bread is wet but it's okay if the tips are sticking out of the wet mixture once you've mixed it all together.
- Place your casserole dish on a lined cookie sheet to catch any possible drips.
- Bake for 45mins or until the bread springs back when you press the middle.
- Serve hot alone or with ice cream! Pour caramel over top for an added boost of flavour.
If you don’t have apples or walnuts, mix it up and try other additions you may have on-hand! This would be great with cherries or strawberries. You could even add a splash of rum and raisins. The kids want me to try it with chocolate chips so I think that will me my next version, after Thanksgiving 🦃
Happy holiday to my Canadian readers… I hope the day is filled with excellent food and family. Stay safe!