Apple Brioche Bread Pudding with Apple Brandy Caramel Sauce

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. breadpuddingpin

Our late summer trip to UBC led us through the Okanagan where hubby 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. We were the only guests during our stay so we had their undivided attention. We spent a lot of time visiting and talking about food, touring their vineyard and garden; so much so that it became a part of our day. 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.applebreadpudding

The drive back from Vancouver was tough as 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 halfway point, my sister’s house in Vernon, and visited the local Farmer’s Market on our way out of town the next day. 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.2016-10-02-001-002The best way to use a squidgy apple up is to bake with it. In this 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 Eau Claire Distillery and it lends just a tiny bit of smoky flavour to the caramel sauce. Cooking with apples always ends in a delicious final product, however, the peeling, coring, and slicing can be tedious. I don’t know how I’ve survived until now without this pampered chef gadget to help me out. Yeah, I know…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! breadpuddingsauce

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Apple Brioche Bread Pudding with Apple Brandy Caramel Sauce

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Apples and Bread Pudding...gotta have the sauce!
  • Difficulty:Intermediate
  • Prep Time:20 mins
  • Cook Time:80 mins
  • Serves:6
  • Freezable:Yes

Nutrition per portion

Ingredients
  • 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
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 tbsp light corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 1/3 cup booze (I used Apple Brandy but you could use Calvados, Bourbon, etc
Method
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
FOR THE SAUCE In a medium saucepan, combine sugar, light corn syrup, and water (take care not to splash too much on the sides of the pan). Cook on high heat (without stirring!) until the sugar becomes caramelized. It’s a judgement call, really. I like mine a bit darker than a copper penny. Mine took about 8 minutes to reach the right stage but I am at a high altitude here in Calgary so chances are you will need less time. Once you have the colour you like, carefully stir in the cream then let it cool for about a minute and add the booze. Return to a boil over medium heat, stirring for another minute, then remove from heat.

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Along with my dish today I’m glad to be sharing recipe ideas from fellow Canadian blogging friends under the hashtag #CANRecipe. Last month’s comfort food dishes announced the beginning of fall. This month join us as we celebrate Thanksgiving across Canada with delicious food straight from our kitchens.canrecipe-october-1

Turkey Soup @ The Inspired Home

Sweet Potato Mash With Caramelized Onions @ Allergy Girl Eats

Seriously The Best Sandwich Bread Ever From @ Mommydo

Cumin-scented Baked Acorn Squash @ Maple and Marigold

23 comments

  1. Lydia

    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!

    1. dishnthekitchen

      Of course!! Hubby and I talked about it but decided it was pretty decadent with the caramel sauce. Go for it!!

      1. Lydia

        Cool. I will do that then. 🙂

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  3. Laeli

    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!

    1. dishnthekitchen

      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.

      1. Laeli

        Me too. I believe in my girl. Thanks for your well wishes.

  4. BeaFreitas

    This looks so tasty!

    1. dishnthekitchen

      It was! Thank you for stopping by!

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  8. chef mimi

    Oh wow. I think I could drink that sauce! A perfect fall dessert!

    1. dishnthekitchen

      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.

  9. Gloria Duggan

    Wow Bernice….that looks SOOOO delicious. I would even serve it for brunch. Perfect for this upcoming Thanksgiving weekend.The sauce sounds addictive!!

    1. dishnthekitchen

      Well, it has eggs, milk and fruit. Go for it! Yes, the sauce is totally addictive!

  10. Britney Lentz

    This looks like an amazing Thanksgiving dessert! Can’t wait to make it this weekend 🙂

    1. dishnthekitchen

      Thank you Britney, I hope you enjoy it!

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  12. threebrits

    Oh wow never thought of making bread and butter pudding with brioche bet it was delicious!

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