It is Thanksgiving week, and I’m in food extravaganza mode. I love the process of perusing recipes, planning the menu, cooking and eating it all. We have our yearly favorites, as I’m sure everyone does, but I always try to find something different to add to the table. This year, in addition to our traditional desserts, I wanted to throw in a little twist on a familiar favorite, bread pudding. Since I’m in extravaganza mode, I went all in with this recipe; apples, streusel topping, and a buttery rum-spiked sauce to top it off. The recipe may seem long, but I assure you it isn’t difficult to put together. It turned out exactly how I like my bread pudding; fluffy, tender, flavorful and a satisfyingly crispy top. Consider putting this treat on your table, and I hope it will earn a spot there every year.
4 cups Brioche or Bolillo Rolls, cubed into 1-inch pieces
2 Granny Smith Apples, peeled, cored and cubed
2 Tablespoons Butter
2 Tablespoons Sugar
1/4 teaspoon Cinnamon
pinch of Salt
pinch of Nutmeg
2 Tablespoon Apple Juice Concentrate
1 Tablespoon Rum
1 Egg + 1 Egg Yolk
1/4 cup Milk
3/4 cup Half and Half
1/3 cup Sugar
1/2 teaspoon Vanilla
Preheat oven to 350.
Place bread cubes on baking sheet and toast in oven until dry, but not browned, about 10-15 minutes. Let cool.
Meanwhile, In a small skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Add apples and 2 T. sugar, stirring to combine. Cook until apples have softened and begun to turn a golden color, about 5-7 minutes. Off the heat, add in cinnamon, salt, nutmeg, apple juice concentrate, and rum. Return to heat and cook until the liquid reduces and becomes syrupy, about 3-4 minutes.
In a large bowl, whisk together egg, egg yolk, milk, half and half, sugar, and vanilla. Add in cubed bread and apples, leaving the syrup in the skillet. Mix well to combine.
Spray four ramekins or an 8 x 8 baking dish with cooking spray. Spoon in the soaked bread cubes and any remaining custard. Set ramekins or dish on a baking sheet, for easy transport.
2 Tablespoons Flour
2 Tablespoons Sugar
1 Tablespoon Butter, softened
Mix the flour and sugar in a small bowl. Using a fork, combine the butter into the flour and sugar mixture until it clumps. They should be about the size of peas.
Sprinkle the topping onto the bread pudding. Bake in preheated oven to 25-28 minutes if using ramekins, and 35-40 minutes if using 8 x 8 baking dish. They are done when they are puffed and spring back a little when tapped in the center.
Butter Rum Sauce
Reserved syrup from cooking apples
1 Tablespoon Butter
1 Tablespoon Apple Juice Concentrate
1 teaspoon Rum
1 Tablespoon Heavy Cream
pinch of Salt
Place skillet with reserved apple syrup over medium low heat. Add in the butter, swirling the pan until it is melted. Remove from heat. Add in the apple juice concentrate, rum, heavy cream, and salt. Return to stove and heat until warm. Serve drizzled over each portion of warm bread pudding.
This can also be assembled up to the point of baking, without adding the streusel topping, and placed in the refrigerator for several hours. When ready to bake, top with streusel topping and bake, adding an couple extra minutes to the baking time. Sauce can be made ahead and gently reheated as well.
26 thoughts on “Apple Bread Pudding with Streusel Topping”
a wonderful twist to the normal bread pudding. Its like having two desserts in one… bread pudding and apple crumble. Looks delicious.
Thank you, Mayuri! It is like having two desserts in one…YAY!
Never tasted this dessert.. looks good.
Thank you, Shobha!
These look delicious! I love a new twist on a classic recipe. I will definitely have to try this one! 🙂
Please do, and let me know how you liked it!
Drooling! Will definitely try this one! Hubby loves anything with apples
I hope you’ll enjoy it! We are apple dessert people in my house too!
If only I can scoop it with a spoon right out of my computer screen !!!!!
Thanks, Marvellina! We have really got to work on being able to taste food through computer screens. That would be awesome!
This bread pudding looks SOO good!! I wish I could dive right in!
Thank you, Aimee! I wanted to dive in the minute I pulled it from the oven!
That sounds marvelous! I love bread pudding – so warm and comforting – but never thought to put streusel on it. Perfect!
Thanks, Anne! The streusel was really a nice touch. It added a nice little crunch to it.
Sounds delicious! And I love the individual pots! 🙂
Me too, Linda! I have a weakness for individual things like this.
My dad just loves bread pudding and this has a nice twist. I have to make this for him and surprise him! Lovely recipe and photos!
Thank you, Lynn! I hope you all enjoy it!
Yumm looks so good!
This sounds amazing! I love bread pudding and it’s a favorite this time of year!
Thanks, Jessica! You’re right…it’s perfect for this time of year!
This looks delicious!! And I love the idea of incorporating something new every year!
I do too! Many become family favorites throughout the year. Thanks for commenting!
Oh my! This bread pudding looks really delicious. Making it as soon as possible. Thank you for sharing it, Kathrina.
You’re welcome! Enjoy!