Caramel Apple Bread Pudding
Caramel apple bread pudding is simple to make. If you do not like cranberries try other dried fruits, although a slightly tart fruit would pair best with the apples and avoid an overly sweet pudding. Then again, it’s up to you. This can become one of those special, only you make it, family desserts.
1 Tbsp. butter
3 – 4 small apples – once cut and cored should end up with 3 cups
25 Caramel candies
1 can (12 oz.) evaporated milk
1 can (14 oz.) sweetened condensed milk
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
3/4 lb. white bread, cut into 1-inch cubes (about 8 cups)
1/2 cup dried cranberries, raisins will work as well
1 cup of whipped cream
Preheat your oven to 350° F.
Place a large skillet over medium heat and melt the butter, just make sure you do not burn the butter. Peel, core and chop 3 of the apples. You should have 3 cups of apples when you are done. If need be you can add another apple to the recipe. Place the apples in the skillet and cook in the melted butter for about 5 minutes or until crisp-tender, stirring frequently. Once done, remove the skillet from the heat.
Place caramels in microwaveable bowl. Add 2 Tbsp. evaporated milk to the caramels and set aside for a bit later.
Pour remaining evaporated milk into a second large bowl. Add sweetened condensed milk, eggs, vanilla and cinnamon and whisk until blended. Add the 8 cups of cubed bread and stir together until the liquid is absorbed by the bread. Now, stir in the sautéed apples and cranberries. Pour into buttered 2-quart baking dish. Place the 2-quart dish inside a larger dish and then fill the larger dish about 1/3 full of water (a water bath).
Bake 1 hour 10 min. on or until a knife inserted in center of pudding comes out clean.
Microwave caramels in the microwaveable bowl on high for about 1 minute or until completely melted, stirring every 30 sec. Drizzle over pudding. Serve topped with whipped cream and a side scoop of ice cream.
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