This Apple Brioche Bread Pudding is the perfect Autumn comfort food. Buttery Brioche bread and sweet apples are baked together with warming spices then served with a rich Apple Brandy Caramel Sauce.
A Small but Thankful Bunch
This year, Thanksgiving dinner at our house will be celebrated by a small, but jolly group. Our oldest son moved out in February and we dropped our daughter off at UBC at the end of August. That leaves hubby, myself, and our youngest son who receives the benefit of our full, undivided attention. I like to joke that with the others gone, I get to ‘mom’ him extra hard! Come to think of it, he’s had it fairly easy being the baby of the family and I know that he’s learned to use this to his full advantage.
I really don’t know what I’ll do when our nest officially becomes ’empty’. I suppose that’s when dinner parties with friends begin to happen more often and that’s okay too.
A Wonderful Bed and Breakfast in the Okanagan
Our late summer trip to UBC led us through the Okanagan. There, my husband and I celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary by wining and dining our way through the Naramata Bench. We stayed at a really wonderful B & B run by a senior Italian couple who fed us unbelievable multi course breakfasts. Since we were the only guests during our stay, we had their undivided attention. I loved spending the time with them, visiting and talking about food. They gave us tours of their vineyard and garden.
By the end of our visit, it dawned on my that they didn’t run the B & B to make money, but that they truly enjoyed having someone to feed and talk to. They were lonely. Sure, they have friends and a supportive community, but nothing takes the place of family. We really felt like family by the time we left their B & B. I always refer to them as ‘nonno and nonna’ when I tell people about the experience.
After we had settled our daughter into her university residence and drove away, I could physically feel my daughter getting farther and farther away. I counted the kilometres and the time it would take to rush back, if only I had received a text or that said we had forgotten to drop all of her belongings off. If only to go back for just one more hug.
We spent the night at the most hospitable halfway point, my sister’s house in Vernon. The next day we visited the local Farmer’s Market on our way out of town. I picked up many fruits and vegetables before I realized that I would need far less with her gone. I still bought a box of fresh picked honey crisp apples because at 50 cents a pound I just couldn’t leave them behind. The boys and I have done a good job of eating them, but they are getting a bit squidgy and I need to use them up.
How Do You Use up Squidgy Apples?
I find the best way to use a squidgy apple up is to bake with it. In this Apple Brioche Bread Pudding recipe, I take the classic bread pudding and add layers and layers of apples and spice. Then I top it off with a bit of Apple Brandy Caramel Sauce. The Apple Brandy is a locally made autumn treat, the first of it’s kind from our local Eau Claire Distillery. It gives just a tiny bit of smoky flavour to the caramel sauce.
Do you find that cooking with apples can be a bit tedious with all that peeling, coring, and slicing? I don’t know how I’ve survived until now without this pampered chef gadget to help me out. This is not an ad…and really, do we all really need more gadgets? I would usually say no, but when I saw this gadget at the local thrift store, I couldn’t pass up the deal. I paid $7.99 instead of $46…and it was so worth it! Next up…apple pie!
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Apple Brioche Bread Pudding with Apple Brandy Caramel Sauce
Apple Brioche Bread Pudding with Apple Brandy Caramel Sauce
- 1 loaf day old brioche (6-8 cups); torn up
- 2 honey crisp apples; peeled, cored, and sliced
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp ground cloves
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 2 cups whipping cream
- 2 cups milk
- 2 eggs
- 4 egg yolks
- In a frying pan, melt the butter and add apple slices and spices. Sauté until apple becomes soft and remove from heat. Grease a 9 x 9 pan well, then add a small layer of torn brioche (about 1/3 of your brioche) to the bottom. Place 1/2 apple slices evenly over top of the brioche, then repeat layering ending with a layer of brioche.
- Add cinnamon and brown sugar, salt, whipping cream, and milk to a medium pan. Cook over medium heat, whisking regularly and watching closely. Once the mixture begins to boil up on the sides of the pan, remove from heat and cover. Let sit for a few minutes.
- In a heatproof bowl, whisk together the eggs and egg yolks until combined. Gradually pour 1 cup of the warm milk mixture into the eggs, and immediately whisk vigorously until smooth. Add the rest of the milk mixture and mix well. Carefully pour custard over the bread and apple and give the whole thing a little pat down to make sure it’s nice and squidgy. Cover with foil.
- Bake in a 350 F oven for an hour and ten minutes, then take it out to see if the custard has set. Bake longer if needed.
- Serve with warm Life Changing Caramel Sauce.
Would you cook then freeze or freeze raw? Can’t wait to try this at Christmas!
I would cook then freeze because I think the apples might get a bit mealy being frozen raw. Then just gently re-warm before you want to serve.
Oh wow never thought of making bread and butter pudding with brioche bet it was delicious!
This looks like an amazing Thanksgiving dessert! Can’t wait to make it this weekend 🙂
Thank you Britney, I hope you enjoy it!
Wow Bernice….that looks SOOOO delicious. I would even serve it for brunch. Perfect for this upcoming Thanksgiving weekend.The sauce sounds addictive!!
Well, it has eggs, milk and fruit. Go for it! Yes, the sauce is totally addictive!
Thank you Karen!
Oh wow. I think I could drink that sauce! A perfect fall dessert!
yeah, that’s the problem for me too! It’s so good. I’m trying to think what else I could used it on. Hubby is hoping we have enough for waffles on Saturday.
That sounds good!
This looks so tasty!
It was! Thank you for stopping by!
Oh my goodness! This dish needs to get in my belly! I think my hubs would love this too.
I laughed so hard at your phrase “mom” him extra hard..haaahaaa,so funny!And I’m nodding my head along with you about your girl. Mine recently moved out and we just learned she’s going to be a mum herself. Lots of big changes.
I can’t wait to make this deliciousness!
Ah, oh goodness. Well, these things happen for a reason and wishing you and your daughter lots of luck and understanding. I found myself in the exact same situation around 22 years ago…and I wouldn’t change it for the world.
Me too. I believe in my girl. Thanks for your well wishes.
This recipe sounds really good. Would you recommend serving apple brioche bread pudding with a scoop of ice cream? It looks delicious on it’s own, too, though!
Of course!! Hubby and I talked about it but decided it was pretty decadent with the caramel sauce. Go for it!!
Cool. I will do that then. 🙂