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Apple-cheddar Bread Pudding Recipe

December 11th, 2012 by alice  Tags: , , , | Print This Post Print This Post

INGREDIENTS

  1. 14slices firmwhite bread
  2. 1/2cupunsalted butter, softened
  3. 3/4cupgranulated sugar
  4. 1 1/2teaspoonscinnamon
  5. 1/2teaspoon freshly gratednutmeg
  6. 3lbsgranny smith apples
  7. 1 1/2tablespoonsfresh lemon juice
  8. 1/2cup packedlight brown sugar
  9. 1/4cupwater
  10. 4ounces coarsely gratedextra-sharp cheddar cheese
  11. 4largeeggs
  12. 2 3/4cupsmilk
  13. 1/4teaspoonsalt

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Spread bread slices thinly on 1 side with 1/2 stick butter.
  3. In a small bowl stir together 1/4 cup granulated sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg and sprinkle evenly over buttered sides of bread.
  4. Arrange bread, buttered sides up, on baking sheets and toast in batches in middle of oven until just golden, about 15 minutes.
  5. Cool cinnamon toast on racks and quarter each slice into triangles, reserving 24 triangles.
  6. Peel, quarter, and core apples.
  7. Cut apples lengthwise into thin slices and in a bowl toss with lemon juice.
  8. In a large heavy skillet melt remaining 1/2 stick butter with brown sugar over moderately high heat, stirring, and add apples and water.
  9. Cook mixture, covered, over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, 10 minutes.
  10. Remove lid and cook apples until just tender and most liquid is evaporated, about 5 minutes more.
  11. Butter a 9-cup oval gratin dish or a 13- by 9- by 2-inch shallow baking dish (about 3 quarts).
  12. Arrange one layer of cinnamon toasts in dish, breaking triangles to fit.
  13. Spoon half of apple mixture evenly over toasts and sprinkle evenly with 1/2 cup Cheddar.
  14. Top with another layer of cinnamon toasts and remaining apple mixture.
  15. Arrange reserved cinnamon toast, sugared sides up, overlapping slightly, in a ring around edge of dish.
  16. In a bowl whisk together eggs, remaining 1/2 cup granulated sugar, milk, and salt and pour slowly and evenly over apples.
  17. Chill pudding, covered, at least 1 hour and up to 1 day.
  18. Bake pudding in middle of oven 30 minutes.
  19. Sprinkle remaining 1/2 cup Cheddar evenly over top and bake pudding 15 minutes more.

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