Thursday, September 26, 2013

Apple Brown Betty Bread Pudding

If you’ve been reading along for a while, you might recall when I belonged to a group called Cooked in Translation.  The idea was to take a recipe and give it a twist into another culture.  I enjoyed the monthly challenge and was disappointed when the group fell apart.  This recipe is one I made for Cooked in Translation but never posted, a fusion of the American classic apple brown Betty and the English classic bread pudding.  As it’s apple season in the northern hemisphere, I thought this might be a good time to share it.  This is a comfort dessert, if there ever was one.  On both sides of the big pond.

1 cup or 200g dark brown sugar
1/2 cup or 115g sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 eggs
1 cup or 240ml heavy whipping cream
1/2 cup or 120ml milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
7 slices or about 9-10 oz or 255-280g strong white or wheat bread
3 whole apples, preferably Granny Smith or similar
1/4 cup or about 55g butter plus extra for greasing the baking dish

Recommended for serving:  more heavy whipping cream

Preheat your oven to 375°F or 190°C and prepare your baking dish by buttering it liberally and completely.   Don’t be shy with the butter here.

Mix the sugars together thoroughly with the salt.

Whisk your eggs with the whipping cream, milk and vanilla.

Slice bread into a small dice, or tear into very small pieces.

Peel, core and thinly slice your three apples.

Sprinkle a little less than one-third of the brown sugar in the buttered baking dish.

Then add about one-third of the apple slices then one-third of the bread cubes.

Repeat these layers twice more, finishing the last time with small chunks of butter rather than bread and the balance of the sugar mixture.

So it goes: Sugar, apples, bread - sugar, apples, bread - sugar, apples, sugar, butter.  Got it?  Easy peasy.

Pour on the whisked egg mixture and top with a bit of cling film.  Press down gently on the whole thing and leave to sit for a few minutes so that the bread absorbs the liquid.

Remove the cling film and cover the baking pan with foil.  Bake in a 375-degree oven for about 45 minutes.

Remove the foil in last five to 10 minutes of baking to brown the top.  This is most delicious served warm.

Bread pudding is one of my husband’s all-time favorite desserts and he insists that it is incomplete without a generous pour of whipping cream on top.  This now applies to Apple Brown Betty Bread Pudding.  Pour it on!

See the sticky syrup that was created?  YUM. 



  1. Oh, you are KILLING me! I grew up eating my Canadian mum's bread pudding and still consider it my favorite dessert. I've been reading your recipes on my phone, but as you know, we've been in Angkor Wat, which means I'm back to doing penance until I fit into my jeans again - but never fear - I've bookmarked it in my 'must try' folder! Am sending this along to my mother - I think she'll love the combination!

  2. Oh my! What great timing for a visit. I organized an apple picking this Sunday with friends. We will have to try this recipe! I don't generally back because everyone in our family is missing that sweet tooth, but we like hot apple desserts with cold ice cream. Pinning!

  3. I did think about saying, Great with vanilla ice cream too," Aleks, but there was a loyalty issue involved. :) One day I'd love to go on an apple picking! My daughters were both living in Providence last year and I loved the photos they took when they went picking. It looks like great fun. Thanks for pinning!

  4. I'm so sorry! You are like one of my readers who told me she spent hours browsing through the recipes when she was fasting for Ramadan. Why do you torture yourself?! I'd be interested to hear your mother's reaction to my adulteration of a classic. :)

    As for your bookmarking, mine got so out of hand that I finally succumbed to Pinterest so I could create a Recipes to Try board. Now I have a bunch more boards but that one is still my go-to when I want to try something new. So much easier than bookmarks without photos!

  5. That's definitely the best looking casserole I've ever seen! I need to try this soon--I could see it making an appearance on our Thanksgiving table this year!

  6. This looks so good! I haven't been able to find butternut squash here but there are some different varieties. I think my kids might even like it cooked this way!

  7. The pic of the squash roasting made me squee a little bit. Gorgeous recipe and photos.

  8. I only discovered bread pudding several years ago and this one looks divine! I can't wait to try it!


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