Apple Pie Bread Pudding

Apple Pie Bread Pudding

This can be a cozy dessert or a lovely addition to your brunch table.

Apple Pie Bread Pudding

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

8 cups Baguette torn into rough 2 inch chunks
Butter a 9 x 13 pan. Place the torn bread into the pan and set aside.

For the Custard:
6 large Eggs
6 cups Half & Half
2 tablespoons Sugar
A pinch of Salt

Combine the eggs, half & half, and sugar. Mix well, then slowly pour the mixture over the torn bread in the waiting pan. Set aside while you make the apple pie flavoring.

For the Apple Pie Flavoring:
1/2 cup Water
1/2 cup Sugar
A pinch of Salt
3 tablespoons Dark Rum
1/2 cup Golden Raisins
1 teaspoon Cinnamon
1 teaspoon Nutmeg
2 Apples (peeled, cored and cut into large chunks)

Add all the above ingredients to a sauce pan. Bring to a boil then, turn the heat down to a simmer and cover with a lid.
Simmer for 10 minutes or until the apples are somewhat softened.
Pour the syrup and apples mixture over the bread and cream mixture in the baking pan. Stir gently to combine.

Cover the pan with foil and place in the oven to bake for 40 minutes.
Uncover, and allow to brown on top, about 10 minutes.

Allow to cool for a bit before serving.

The First Baguette!

baguette

It’s finally baking season! Cool crisp weather outside means I can finally turn on my oven inside. First up is, of course, baguettes!

Baguette (Makes Two)

4 cups Flour
1 teaspoon Salt
1 teaspoon Active Dry Yeast
1/2 teaspoon Sugar
2 cups Warm Water (Aprox. 105 degrees)
4 tablespoons Melted Butter

Measure out the warm water and stir in the sugar then add the yeast. Stir to combine.
Set the yeast mixture aside and allow to proof for 10 minutes.
Put the flour and salt into the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook attachment.
When the yeast mixture is ready, pour into the flour with the mixer on low speed.
When the dough is just combined turn it out onto a floured surface. Kneed the dough until smooth adding flour as needed to prevent sticking.
Place the dough into a bowl and cover with a damp towel and leave to rise for an hour in a warm spot.
After the first rise, divide the dough in two and shape each into a long loaf. Set the baguettes onto a buttered sheet pan. Let rise for another hour.
Preheat oven to 475 degrees.
Brush the loaves with melted butter and bake on the middle rack for 15-20 minutes.

Tip: Before you slide the bread into the oven throw about 6 ice cubes into the bottom of the oven. This will create a steamy environment that will give your dough an extra lift while baking.