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Thursday, March 4, 2021

Taste-bud Journey: Caramel Bread Pudding with Tart Apples

During the pandemic, I am taking taste-bud journeys as I self-isolate rather than physical journeys. Here is my adapted recipe for Caramel Bread Pudding with Tart Apples. It was inspired by watching a June 12, 2020 YouTube video created by Cook with Nancy called Caramel Bread Popcorn Recipe | Leftover Bread Recipes | Popcorn Recipe With leftover Bread. In case you're interested, her video link will be posted near the end of this blog.

FYI - Now that I have started baking bread, I am often left with lots of leftover bread. Instead of throwing it out or creating endless amounts of bread crumbs, I started searching the web for inspiration for what to do with leftover bread. As soon as I saw Nancy's video, I recalled that I had leftover caramelized apples in the refrigerator. I decided, therefore, to try a little cooking experiment. This is a recipe I can see trying again in the future as my taste buds found this to be quite yummy.


In case you're interested, here are the links to the recipe blogs for the caramelized apples, the homemade no-knead white bread, and the kitchen toy I used to bake this recipe with. Naturally, the recipe could be made with any kind of leftover bread; however, I was most pleased with the taste and texture of this recipe using white bread.

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Recipe - Serves 2

  • 1 piece of white bread cut up into small cubes

  • 1 tart apple cut up into small pieces. [See recipe link above.]
  • Caramel [See recipe link above.]
  • Cooking spray

Procedure for 1st Version

  • Step 1: Spray the cooking pie pan or silicone cake mold with unflavored cooking spray such as coconut spray.

  • Step 2: Distribute the pieces of bread around the pan or mold. 

  • Step 3: Distribute the pieces of caramelized apple around the pan or mold.

  • Step 4: Spoon the caramel sauce over all of that.

  • Step 5: Bake for 15 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

  • Step 6: Pull it out of the oven and allow it to rest for 5 minutes.

  • Step 7: Dish out the mixture into a serving dish. Eat and enjoy!

Please note: I ended up gobbling down that first serving fairly quickly. It tasted like a soft caramel cake with tart apples.

Then, I lined a pie plate with aluminum foil. I dished out all of the second serving onto the pie plate and refrigerated it for the following day's cooking experiment. What would that be? 

When I got hungry enough for a dessert, I popped the pan under the broiler for 8 minutes. Then, I allowed it to rest for about 5 minutes before eating.  Here it is prior to refrigeration plus after overnight refrigeration. 

Here it is fresh out of the broiler.

To my taste buds, it tasted even more delightful than the first version; however, both were really tasty.

Please also note: I love experimenting with recipes.


Here is the video that inspired this recipe.

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