Thanksgiving Apple Bread Pudding

Thanksgiving Apple Bread Puddingnv-cook-oct-nov-16

Serve this perfectly sweet treat during your seasonal celebrations.

By Leann Grunwald

Bread pudding is a dish with old roots. It began as a use for stale bread. Wasting bread was unheard of, so cooks created savory and sweet dishes to use the stale bread in.

Bread puddings have remained popular throughout time. But more so in Mexico, Argentina, Puerto Rico, and Belgium, than in the United States.

Bread pudding is still made in today’s kitchens, often, with gourmet breads. The ingredients include fruits, nuts, cheeses, and a variety of sauces.

Bread puddings may be savory or sweet, simple or complex, and served hot or cold. Any type of bread will work for bread pudding. The most common is white bread.

Sweet bread puddings include sweet sauces––think caramel, whipped cream, lemon, and chocolate. Here’s a bread pudding recipe not to be missed.


Thanksgiving Apple Bread Pudding

6                      slices French bread or cinnamon bread

3                      large eggs

1/2                   cup whole milk

1                      tsp. pure vanilla extract

1                      Tbs. cinnamon

1/4                   tsp. sea salt

3                      red Rome apples, peeled and chopped

1                      cup brown sugar

3                      Tbs. cornstarch

1/2                   cup chopped pecans



1/2                   cup white sugar

1/2                   cup brown sugar

1/2                   cup milk

1/2                   cup butter


Apple Bread Method

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Slice the bread into ½ inch cubes.
  3. Place bread cubes on cookie sheet pan and place in oven for 10 minutes to dry out.
  4. Combine the eggs, milk, vanilla, cinnamon, and salt in a bowl.
  5. Add the bread and fold from the bottom up until the bread cubes have absorbed the milk mixture.
  6. Spread the bread in a 12-inch round cast iron pan. Make sure to coat pan with cooking spray.
  7. Combine the apples, brown sugar, cornstarch, and pecans, mixing until combined.
  8. Place apple mixture over bread.
  9. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes. Watch the mixture, as ovens vary.
  10. Remove from oven and drizzle sauce over pudding. See sauce method below.


Sauce Method

  1. While pudding is baking, mix together white and brown sugars, milk, and butter in a saucepan.
  2. Bring sauce to a gentle boil and remove immediately from heat.
  3. Stir sauce often while waiting for pudding to come out of the oven.
  4. Drizzle over finished pudding.


The First Thanksgiving       

In the 1600s, the king controlled religion. He ordered everyone to go to the same type of church. If the people didn’t obey, they would go to jail.

The Puritans wanted freedom. Close to 100 men, women, and children left their homeland so they could worship as they chose. They sailed on a ship called the Mayflower to the New World. After a six-week journey, they landed in Plymouth on Dec. 11, 1620. The harsh cold winter had begun.

Native Americans supplied them with seeds and food. They taught them about their new home and the skills necessary to survive in a new land. The Mayflower settlers planted crops for a successful fall harvest. To celebrate, they had a feast of Thanksgiving.

The leader of the settlers was Captain Miles Standish. Standish invited all the Native Americans who had helped them. This first Thanksgiving feast lasted three days.

Today, we still celebrate this important first Thanksgiving tradition. We give thanks for all we have. In 1941 President Franklin Roosevelt made Thanksgiving a national holiday.

A version of this Thanksgiving story appeared on Today Parents.


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