Apple Pie Bread Pudding

30 minutes
20 minutes
1 hour
2 to 4
This Apple Pie Bread Pudding is the coziest fall dessert for two! It's the perfect date night idea that combines two delicious desserts into one epic sweet treat. Anything served with a scoop of ice cream on top will be heavenly!
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Apple Pie Bread Pudding

This Apple Pie Bread Pudding is the coziest fall dessert for two! It’s the perfect date night idea that combines two delicious desserts into one epic sweet treat. Anything served with a scoop of ice cream on top will be heavenly!

THE APPLE PIE FILLING

The first step and the most important of the recipe is making the apple pie filling! The perfect apple pie has two very important components:

  1. It needs to have the perfect balance of sweet and tart. It can’t be too sour or too sweet – just right!
  2. The apples need to be cooked perfectly. You don’t want the apples to be undercooked and still crunchy but you also don’t want them to be overcooked and be too mushy. 

So keeping that in mind, let’s make it. Here are the ingredients you will need:

  • granny smith apples
  • light brown sugar
  • unsalted butter
  • vanilla extract
  • cinnamon
  • lemon juice
  • salt
  • cornstarch + water

To a pan over medium heat, add the butter, apples, light brown sugar, cinnamon, salt, vanilla extract, and lemon juice. Mix together and allow to simmer for 6 to 8 minutes until the apples are soft when poked with a fork. Combine the water and cornstarch in a small bowl to make the cornstarch slurry and add this to the pan. Mix together to thicken the filling and then take off the heat.

NOTE: If you don’t like Granny Smith apples, you can replace them with a different kind like golden delicious or honey crispy. However, keep in mind Granny Smiths are the best to use for apple pie.

The Bread Pudding

Now that the apple pie filling is made, the hardest part is done! The rest is pretty easy. We’re first going to prep the custard sauce for the bread pudding. These are the ingredients you need:

  • unsalted butter, melted
  • half & half
  • granulated white sugar
  • large egg
  • vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt

Just add all the ingredients to a measuring glass or bowl and whisk together until combined together.

For the bread, this recipe calls for King’s Hawaiian Sweet Rolls but you can use any stale bread that you like. Some popular options for bread pudding include French bread or Challah bread.

NOTE: Bread Pudding was a dessert created to reduce food waste by turning a few days old stale bread into a delicious dessert. It’s very similar to the concept of French Toast.

Tear up the stale bread into small pieces and add to a large bowl. Pour the custard over the bread and toss all together gently with a rubber spatula and that’s basically it for all the prep!

Assembly & Baking

Since this dessert is made for two, we’ll be using two small skillets! Start by adding a layer of the custard bread to the bottom of each skillet. Then add a layer of the apple pie filling. Finally, finish it off with a layer of more soaked bread. If you do not have mini skillets, you can make this in a baking dish instead and just serve it in slices.

Pop in the oven to bake at 350°F for 15 to 20 minutes until golden brown on top and it is set in the center.

Once it comes out of the oven, you can serve it with vanilla ice cream on top and even caramel if you want it sweeter.

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Apple Pie Bread Pudding

This Apple Pie Bread Pudding is the coziest fall dessert for two! It's the perfect date night idea that combines two delicious desserts into one epic sweet treat. Anything served with a scoop of ice cream on top will be heavenly!

This Apple Pie Bread Pudding is the coziest fall dessert for two! It's the perfect date night idea that combines two delicious desserts into one epic sweet treat. Anything served with a scoop of ice cream on top will be heavenly!

30 minutes
20 minutes
1 hour
2 to 4

Ingredients

BREAD PUDDING
  • 1 package King's Hawaiian Sweet Rolls, stale
  • 2/3 to 3/4 cup half and half
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup granulated white sugar
  • pinch of salt
APPLE PIE FILLING
  • 2 large granny smith apples, peeled and cubed
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 
  • 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon water

Instructions

MAKE THE APPLE PIE FILLING
  1. To a pan over medium heat, add the butter, apples, light brown sugar, cinnamon, salt, vanilla extract, and lemon juice.
  2. Mix together and allow to simmer on low heat for 6 to 8 minutes until the apples are soft when poked with a fork.
  3. Combine the water and cornstarch in a small bowl to make the cornstarch slurry and add this to the pan. Mix together to thicken the filling and then take off the heat and transfer to a bowl.
ASSEMBLE AND BAKE THE BREAD PUDDING
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. In a measuring glass or bowl, add the half and half, melted butter, one egg, vanilla extract, white sugar, and salt. Whisk together until smooth.
  3. Tear apart the sweet rolls into smaller sections and add to a large mixing bowl.
  4. Pour the milk mixture over the rolls and gently toss with a rubber spatula to combine.
  5. To two individual skillets, add a layer of the soaked bread on the bottom. Then add a layer of the apple pie filling. Then cover with another layer of soaked bread.
  6. Pop in the oven to bake for 15 to 20 minutes in the middle rack until the top is golden brown and the center is set.
  7. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream if you'd like!
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