Better Than Restaurant Bread Pudding

Recipe by ChrissyVas
READY IN: 1hr 15mins




  • Carmel Sauce:
  • Combine the sugar and water in a heavy bottomed sauce pan that holds at least 2 1/2 quarts.Stir over low heat until the sugar dissolves, then raise the heat to medium and bring to a boil.Let the mixture boil until it begins to smoke and thicken. It will rise up in the pan, become very foamy and start emitting puffs of smoke.Drop in the butter and stir until it dissolves.Stir in the cream.Return to a boil, then turn off the heat and stir in the vinegar. Cool to lukewarm.
  • Fruit:
  • Use 1 cup of chopped dried apricots. Place in a heavy saucepan and cover with water and add sugar. Stir, bring to a boil and continue to simmer for about 20 minutes or until the apricots are soft. (NOTE: You can use the dried fruit of choice but this is what we use. Also instead of the fresh apple, you can sub for half a cup of dehydrated apples, but not the crunchy type. You would want the soft chewy type, I believe they're called apple rings. I like using those better because they don't turn brown while you're chopping them. You would then add this type of apple to your apricot/sugar-water mixture.).
  • Bread & Custard:
  • Preheat oven to 375°F Trim the crust off the french bread and cut into 1/2 inch slices and set aside. (truthfully, you don't have to trim the crust off, as long as you soak the break with the custard really well. It will be nice and soft and it does not effect the flavor at all.) Beat the eggs, flour, sugar for about 1 minute at medium speed. Add the cream and mix just enough to combine. Peel, quarter, core and grate the apple. Arrange the bread slices to cover the bottom of a 2 1/2 quart souffle dish. Do not overlap them, but at the same time try not to leave any spaces.Pour 1/3 of the custard over the bread making sure it is well soaked. Scatter the grated apple and apricot pieces over the bread, then drizzle caramel sauce over that.Repeat the bread, custard, apple, and apricot layering and end with the bread slices, custard over that and caramel on top. Bake 30 - 50 minutes until custard is set.
  • *Note* Reserve any extra caramel sauce that you may have for later when you want to reheat your bread pudding -- if it makes it that far! If I have it i tend to garnish my bread pudding with chopped walnuts.