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Apple Bread Pudding with Caramel Sauce Recipe

Apple Bread Pudding with Caramel Sauce Recipe

This recipe has been in my life for a long time. It's one of those old recipes that you can't remember where you found it, but you're sure glad you did! It's a family fave and always on my buffet when I put together a brunch. It's also special enough for dinner dessert. —Cleo Gonske, Redding, California
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 50 min. Bake: 40 min. YIELD:16 servings


  • 3/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 4 cups chopped peeled tart apples (about 4 medium)
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 6 eggs
  • 2-1/2 cups 2% milk
  • 1-1/2 cups plus 2 tablespoons sugar, divided
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Dash ground nutmeg
  • 1 loaf (1 pound) French bread, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons butter


  • 1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large skillet, heat butter over medium heat. Add apples, sugar, raisins, walnuts and cinnamon; bring just to a boil, stirring constantly. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, until apples are tender, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla.
  • 2. For bread pudding, in a large bowl, whisk eggs, milk, 1-1/2 cups sugar, cream, vanilla and nutmeg until blended. Stir in bread cubes and apple mixture. Transfer to a greased 13x9-in. baking dish. Sprinkle with remaining sugar. Bake, uncovered, 40-45 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • 3. For caramel sauce, in a small heavy saucepan, combine sugar and water; stir gently to moisten all the sugar. Cook over medium-low heat, gently swirling pan occasionally, until sugar is dissolved. Cover; bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Cook 1 minute.
  • 4. Uncover pan; continue to boil until syrup turns a medium amber color. Immediately remove from heat and carefully stir in cream and butter. Serve with warm bread pudding. Yield: 16 servings (1-3/4 cups sauce).

Nutritional Facts

1 serving: 606 calories, 27g fat (15g saturated fat), 149mg cholesterol, 312mg sodium, 87g carbohydrate (68g sugars, 2g fiber), 8g protein.

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kellsbells1 User ID: 8236714 219198
Reviewed Jan. 29, 2015

"I substituted 1 cup pecans for the raisins and walnuts. And used frozen apples from my tree. amazing!"

Meb3 User ID: 7654719 189060
Reviewed Feb. 5, 2014

"I was so disappointed in this bread pudding. It is so sweet, way too much sugar. I should have known better. Now I have a whole dish of bread pudding that we can't eat."

Angel_Food User ID: 245187 175179
Reviewed Nov. 30, 2013

""Your bread pudding is to die for!"...."This is the best bread pudding I've ever had" are just 2 of the compliments I received after fixing this for our Thanksgiving buffet. I've been asked to bring this to our Christmas Eve buffet as well! The caramel sauce seemed more like a vanilla flavor than caramel but it was still delicious. This one goes in my keeper file. Thanks so much for sharing it with us."

terrilu50 User ID: 7499169 192540
Reviewed Nov. 21, 2013

"So good! Will definitely make this again! Didn't have any raisins so I left them out but it was still so yummy!"

ReneeMurby User ID: 7119369 130427
Reviewed Oct. 26, 2013

"Delicious. I will definitely make this again and again. I did substitute the raisins for dried cherries because that is what I had on hand and I also used Splenda Blend instead of regular white sugar. I also made the caramel sauce with Splenda Brown Sugar Blend since my Dad and two sisters are diabetics."

becky66 User ID: 1915904 107262
Reviewed Oct. 20, 2013

"I thought this bread pudding was outstanding, and I am not typically a big fan of bread pudding. I brought it when I worked Bingo at church, where we sell sandwiches and desserts to the players. Everyone who tried it raved about it. The addition of the apples and the caramel topping were delicious. I gave the recipe four stars, however, because I also had difficulty with the sugar crystallizing when I added the butter and cream. I had questioned whether they should be added without warming them first, and next time I would melt the butter, mix the in the cream, and warm it before adding it to the sugar-water mixture. I was able to rescue the sauce by keeping the sauce on low heat and stirring occasionally, and most of the crystallized ball of sugar melted into the mixture, and the caramel sauce got thicker and richer."

Kools01 User ID: 1433384 147994
Reviewed Oct. 20, 2013

"This was the worst caramel sauce recipe I ever made. It doesn't work. Color never turned amber and the sugar dried up and crystallized. I made my own caramel sauce from another dessert recipe I have. Also way too much sugar in this recipe and it isn't necessary. 4 cups, really? I only used 1 cup with the apples, 1 cup with the egg/milk mixture and didn't sprinkle any on top. The bread pudding itself was okay."

CatMurphy User ID: 7117971 113372
Reviewed Oct. 14, 2013

"I like the addition of the apples and carmel sauce to this bread pudding recipe. It's delicious! If you haven't made caramel sauce before I'd suggest using quality store-bought because the process can go wrong quickly, but you can't beat the flavor of homemade caramel."

Polly-Lisa User ID: 7402380 110883
Reviewed Sep. 10, 2013

"caramelization came too fast- what did I do wrong!!!"

Polly-Lisa User ID: 7402380 192658
Reviewed Sep. 10, 2013

"third, fourth, and fifth time I made recipe it caramelized before"

dlyn9smith User ID: 1866642 191200
Reviewed Sep. 8, 2013

"This recipe was delicious. I used fresh Asian Pears instead of the apples, and Ciabatta bread instead of French bread. I served it with homemade Butter Cashew Ice Cream."

rena 55 User ID: 1935799 147993
Reviewed Aug. 17, 2013

"I made this recipe. It wa okay, but probably will go back to my stand by bread pudding recipe. I skipped the caramel sauce and used my recipe for a vanilla sauce."

arnienune User ID: 7374989 192539
Reviewed Aug. 16, 2013

"bread pudding was just so-so. Totally skip the caramel sauce recipe on this one and use the cup of heavy cream for topping."

ashleykm32 User ID: 7368017 211932
Reviewed Aug. 12, 2013

"easy to make and has the seal of approval from the family!"

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