Here's a gourmet bread pudding with apples recipe that's sure to tantalize your taste buds:
4 cups stale bread, cut into 1-inch cubes (French bread or brioche works well)
2 large apples cored, and chopped (e.g., Honeycrisp or Jonathan)
1 1/2 cups whole milk
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Pinch of salt
Powdered sugar for dusting (optional)
Preheat Oven and Prepare Pan: Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease a 9x9-inch baking dish or a similar-sized oven-safe dish.
Prepare Bread and Apples: Cut the stale bread into 1-inch cubes and place them in a large mixing bowl. Add the chopped apples and toss them together.
Prepare Custard Mixture: In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, cream, granulated sugar, brown sugar, melted butter, vanilla extract, ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg, and a pinch of salt until well combined.
Combine Bread, Apples, and Custard: Pour the custard mixture over the bread and apples. Gently toss to ensure all the bread cubes are soaked in the custard. Let it sit for about 30 minutes to allow the bread to absorb the custard.
Add Raisins (Optional): If using raisins, fold them into the bread mixture.
Transfer to Baking Dish: Transfer the mixture to the greased baking dish, spreading it evenly.
Bake: In the oven for 40-45 minutes or until the top is golden brown and the center is set.
Cool and Serve: Allow the bread pudding to cool slightly before serving. Dust with powdered sugar if desired. Serve warm and enjoy!
This gourmet bread pudding with apples is perfect for dessert or a decadent breakfast treat. Combining sweet apples and the rich custard base creates a delightful, comforting dish that will impress.