Hi all! This is Gab from Artful Desperado with a recipe that’s a new fave of mine. For real—you’ll stuff your face with it.
You like caramel apples? Of course you do. You like baked goods? Hell ya! Well, this hybrid combines both into one puffy, cozy treat: Caramel Apple Bread Pudding! Do I need to say more?
Right now the markets are full of beautiful, crisp, apples and probably lots of you are planning an instagram-worthy apple picking field trip, right? I’m sure you also have a few pie recipes in mind, and maybe some baked apples too, but I think you should do something else with them other than the usual, hence this revamped classic recipe.
I made this pudding using very little dairy, but you can sub the ingredients for dairy options if you want to. Also, the amounts are pretty loose and they’re based more on your personal taste; some peeps like their bread pudding gooey, so they add more liquid. Some others like it a bit more sweet. Whatever your taste, tweak as needed to make this treat your own. (Oh! And you can also swap the fruit for pears or even persimmon.)
PS. You should get some ice cream with it, cuz, apples, caramel, and ice cream are what our wild dreams made of.
Caramel Apple Bread Pudding
For the caramel
1 cup granulated sugar
¼ cup coconut milk
2 tablespoons coconut oil (or butter)
Pinch of salt
For the pudding
1 loaf of challah bread or brioche (mine had raisins in it), cut in small cubes
4 apples, cored, and diced (choose a couple varieties if possible)
¼ cup walnuts, chopped
¼ pistachios, chopped
1 can coconut milk (13.5 fl oz or 340ml)
1 cup almond milk
3 large eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
½ cup sugar
¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
¼ teaspoon ground anise seeds (optional)
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 egg for egg wash
1. Make the caramel: place the sugar in a small pot with a little splash of water over medium heat, let the sugar melt and start to brown. Once you get a deep amber color (caramel-like), very carefully add the coconut milk + coconut oil and whisk to dissolve. Continue to simmer mix for 5-7 minutes until it has thickened a bit. Set aside.
2. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Grease a baking dish.
3. In a big bowl, mix the bread, apples, walnuts, and pistachios and give them a quick toss. In a separate bowl, mix the rest of the ingredients (except for the egg wash) and whisk until combined. Pour the egg and milk mix over the bread and apples and gently toss to coat. If it’s too dry add about ½ more of almond milk.
4. Place bread pudding mix in the greased baking dish and bake in the oven for about 20-25 minutes until golden brown and puffy.
5. Remove from the oven and let it cool for a 2-3minutes.
6. To serve scoop some of the bread pudding out and drizzle generously with caramel sauce.
As mentioned, you can add vanilla ice cream to make it extra decadent