Spiced Caramel-Apple Bread Pudding

Velvety caramel envelops soft bread and sweet apples in this gem from Southern Living: Classic Southern Desserts.

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Spiced Caramel-Apple Bread Pudding

About This Recipe

Yield:makes 8 servings
Active time:30 minutes
Total time:3 hours, including chilling/baking
This recipe appears in: Bake the Book: Spiced Caramel-Apple Bread Pudding


  • Bread Pudding
  • 1 Granny Smith apple, peeled and chopped
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon, divided
  • 1/2 Italian bread loaf, cut into bite-size pieces
  • Vegetable cooking spray
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups reduced-fat milk
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Toasted Pecan Caramel Sauce
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon light corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon butter


  1. 1

    For the Pudding: Saute apple and 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon in a lightly greased skillet over medium-high heat 2 minutes or until tender. Stir together bread and apple mixture in an 11 x 7-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray.

  2. 2

    Whisk together eggs, milk, apple cider, brown sugar, vanilla, nutmeg, and remaning 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon; pour over bread mixture in baking dish. Cover and chill 1 hour.

  3. 3

    Preheat oven to 350°. Bake bread mixture at 350° for 45 to 50 minutes or until top is crisp and golden brown. Serve warm with Toasted Pecan Caramel Sauce.

  4. 4

    For the Caramel Sauce: Preheat oven to 350°. Bake pecans in a single layer in a shallow pan 8 to 10 minutes or until toasted and fragrant.

  5. 5

    Sprinkle sugar in an even layer in a small saucepan. Stir together syrup and 1/3 cup water, and pour over sugar in saucepan. Cook, without stirring, over medium-high heat 12 to 14 minutes or until sugar is dissolved and mixture is golden.

  6. 6

    Remove from heat. Gradually whisk in evaporated milk. (Mixture will bubble). Stir in butter and toasted pecans.


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