Easy Cinnamon Apple Bread Pudding Recipe

Cinnamon Apple Bread Pudding is the perfect comforting dessert for Fall and Winter. Top the bread pudding with vanilla or butter pecan ice cream with a drizzle of caramel on top for the ultimate decadent and EASY dessert. 

Ingredients for Bread Pudding

Bread pudding is one of the easiest and most convenient desserts to make because you likely have most of the ingredients in your refrigerator and pantry. 

Bread pudding ingredients, brioche, apple, Cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, milk, on a table

For the Bread Pudding 

Brioche Loaf: Brioche is very rich, flavorful, and slightly sweet on its own. You can use fresh or day-old bread. Contrary to popular belief, your bread does not need to be stale to make great bread pudding! 

Evaporated Milk: Go for full-fat milk. This will make our custard so much better. 

Eggs 

Brown Sugar 

Butter: Go for unsalted butter! 

Apple Sauce

Vanilla Extract 

Ground Cinnamon 

Ground Nutmeg: Freshly ground nutmeg is always better, but I have also used pre-ground nutmeg, which is still great!  

Salt: I always like adding a small pinch of salt to desserts for a bit of balance. 

Apples: Granny smith apples are my favorite, but you can also try honey crisp.  

For the Topping

Vanilla Ice Cream 

Caramel Sauce: Homemade is great, but I also like to use the Smuckers ice cream topping in a pinch. 

How to Make Cinnamon Apple Bread Pudding

Step 1: Make the Custard

Custard for bread pudding, eggs, milk, cinnamon, nutmeg in a bowl

Making a custard for bread pudding is very simple. A custard is just a base made with a mixture of milk, sugar, and eggs. Whisk them together along with the cinnamon and nutmeg.

Step 2: Fold in the apples, then the bread

unbaked bread pudding in a glass dish

Toss your diced granny smith apples in the custard, then fold in the 1-inch brioche slices. 

How much bread to use for bread pudding? Quick Tip.

I like to chop the bread into 1-inch cubes and toss it all into my baking dish to ensure that I have the perfect amount for the size of my pan before mixing it in with. 

Step 3: Bake the bread pudding

Baked Cinnamon Apple Bread Pudding in a glass dish

Bake uncovered until the center is solidified. 

Step 4: Toppings

My favorite part! But first, let the bread pudding cool. 

Cinnamon Apple Bread Pudding with ice cream and caramel sauce on top

 

I like to pair this with ice cream, preferably with a vanilla base and caramel drizzle on top. Feel free to add nuts, whipped cream, powdered sugar, caramelized apples, or whatever other toppings you want to include. 

 

Frequently Asked Questions + Substitutions

What type of bread can I use for bread pudding?

The best bread for bread pudding includes brioche, challah, and french bread. Most recipes call for day-old or stale bread. You can also toast your break at a low temperature to dry it out a bit before adding your custard.

Fresh bread also works, but you have to be mindful about how much liquid you use. Use slightly less milk if you are using fresh bread.

Can I Make Bread Pudding with Almond Milk?

Yes, you can substitute the evaporated milk in this recipe for almond or your favorite plant-based milk. 

Can I make Bread Pudding the day Before?

You can make bread pudding a day ahead of time. You have two options, refrigerate the bread and custard mix and bake the next day or bake it ahead of time and re-heat it the next day.

How to Know if Bread Pudding is Done?

The easiest way to know if bread pudding is done or cooked through is to insert a knife or toothpick in the center. If it comes out clean, then your bread pudding is done! The bread pudding should still be moist but not soggy. 

Should Bread Pudding be served hot or cold?

You can serve bread pudding either warm or cold! It’s up to you and your preferences. If you prefer cool bread pudding, put it in the refrigerator for a few hours before serving. I’m partial to a warm bread pudding with ice cream on top. 

How to Store Bread Pudding.

Store your bread pudding in an airtight container and place it in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Does Bread pudding need to be refrigerated?

Yes, you should store bread pudding in the refrigerator—one day for un-cooked bread pudding, and up to 3 days after baking. 

Can I Freeze Bread Pudding?

Yes, store bread pudding in a freezer-safe container for up to 2 months.

How to re-heat bread pudding

The best way to reheat bread pudding is to place it in an oven-safe dish and place it in an oven pre-heated at 350 for 10 minutes. Of course, you can always use the microwave, but the oven gives better results. 

Common Mistakes When Making Bread Pudding

Prevent soggy bread pudding 

  • Be mindful of the type of bread you use. For example, stale or toasted bread helps to improve soggy textures. 
  • You may be using too much liquid. The amount of milk you use will depend on the state of your bread. 

Do not bake covered in foil. Instead, Bake your cinnamon apple bread pudding uncovered to prevent any mushiness. 

Cinnamon apple bread pudding with vanilla ice cream and caramel on top

If you love this recipe, check out my caramel apple pie cheesecake bars, the perfect combination of apple pie and a cheesecake in a convenient bar shape! 

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Easy Cinnamon Apple Bread Pudding

Cinnamon Apple Bread Pudding is an easy, comforting dessert that you can make with simple ingredients at home.

  • Author: Stephanie
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Category: Dessert
  • Cuisine: American

Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 loaf of Brioche, cubed (about 6 cups)
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups evaporated milk
  • 3 tbs unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup apple sauce
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ¼ tsp Salt
  • 2 granny smith apples, peeled and chopped
  • vanilla ice cream
  • 1/2 cup caramel sauce

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cut the brioche loaf into one-inch cubes. Day-old bread is best, but add a little less milk if you are using fresh.
  3. Chop the apples into small cubes and combine them with cubed bread. Pour bread mix into the non-stick pan.
  4. Whisk the milk, melted butter, apple sauce, eggs, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar, and salt in a separate bowl.  Pour the mixture evenly over the bread. You can allow it to soak for 15 minutes overnight or bake right away.
  5. Bake in preheated oven for 40 minutes uncovered or until the center is set. Test the “doneness” by inserting a knife in the middle; it should come out clean.
  6. Serve warm with a scoop of ice cream on top and a drizzle of homemade or storebought caramel sauce.

 

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