"The original recipe for this dessert came from a farming magazine," writes Cora Uden of Juniata, Nebraska. "I changed several ingredients in it to cut down on calories, but it's still homey and satisfying. In fact, we like this version as well as the original."
- 1 medium tart apple, peeled, cored and cut into thin rings
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1-1/2 teaspoons plus 1/2 cup sugar, divided
- 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 3 slices day-old raisin bread, cubed
- 2 tablespoons raisins
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup milk
- Dash salt
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon lemon extract or additional vanilla extract
- Half-and-half cream, optional
- In a small bowl, toss apple rings with lemon juice. In a small skillet, saute apple in butter until tender. Remove from the heat. Combine 1-1/2 teaspoons sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg; sprinkle over top. Toss to coat evenly; set aside.
- Place bread cubes in a greased 8-in. x 4-in. loaf pan. Top with raisins and apple mixture. In a small bowl, whisk eggs and remaining sugar.
- In a small saucepan, combine milk and salt; cook and stir over medium heat for 2-3 minutes or until mixture begins to bubble around side of pan. Gradually whisk into egg mixture. Stir in extracts. Pour over apple and raisins.
- Place loaf pan in a 11-in. x 7-in. baking dish; add 1 in. of hot water to larger pan. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 40-50 minutes or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean. Serve warm with cream if desired. Yield: 3 servings.
Originally published as Raisin-Apple Bread Pudding in Country Woman January/February 2005, p37
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