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Apple Bread Pudding with Rum Sauce

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(NC) - Fans of bread pudding will enjoy this version with apple chunks, topped with a warm rum sauce.

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Apple Bread Pudding with Rum Sauce
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Ingredients:

  • 8 cups stale bread cubes (cut 3/4 inch/1.5 cm thick) 2L
  • 2 cups chopped (unpeeled)Ontario apples (such as Cortland, Crispin, Golden Delicious, Idared, Jonagold, Northern Spy, Spartan) 500 mL
  • 1/2 cup golden raisins 125 mL
  • 5 eggs 5
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar 175 mL
  • 3 cups milk 750 mL
  • 2 tsp vanilla 10 mL
  • 2 tsp cinnamon 10 mL

Rum Sauce:

  • 1 1/4 cups packed 300 m
  • 4 tbsp cornstarch 60 mL
  • pinch salt pinch
  • 2 cups cold water 500 mL
  • 2 tbsp butter 30 mL
  • 2 tbsp amber rum (or 1 tsp/5 mL rum extract) 30 mL

Directions:

In large bowl, combine bread cubes, apples and raisins. In separate large bowl, whisk together eggs, sugar, milk, vanilla and cinnamon. Pour egg mixture over bread cubes, stir to combine well; let rest 5 minutes.

Pour bread pudding mixture into greased 13 x 19 inch (33 x 23 cm) baking pan. Bake in a 350 F (180 C) oven for 35 to 45 minutes or until puffed and knife inserted in center comes out clean.

Prepare Rum Sauce:

In medium saucepan, combine brown sugar, cornstarch and salt; stir in cold water. Bring to boil over medium-high heat, stirring frequently. Reduce heat; simmer for 3 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in butter and rum. Serve over warm bread pudding.

Serving Size: Makes 8 Servings


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