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Apple-Chai Spiced Bread Pudding


Ingredients

nonstick cooking spray

nonstick cooking spray

8 cups cubed stale bread

8 cups cubed stale bread

2 ½ cups milk

2 ½ cups milk

5 green cardamom pods

5 green cardamom pods

¾ teaspoon whole allspice berries

¾ teaspoon whole allspice berries

½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

⅛ teaspoon ground nutmeg

⅛ teaspoon ground nutmeg

6 tablespoons butter, divided

6 tablespoons butter, divided

1 large apple – peeled, cored, and chopped

1 large apple – peeled, cored, and chopped

1 ¼ cups lightly packed brown sugar, divided

1 ¼ cups lightly packed brown sugar, divided

1 teaspoon vanilla extract (Optional)

1 teaspoon vanilla extract (Optional)

¼ teaspoon caramel extract (Optional)

¼ teaspoon caramel extract (Optional)

4 eggs

4 eggs

Directions

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Spray an 8-inch square baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Place cubed bread inside of dish and set aside.

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Spray an 8-inch square baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Place cubed bread inside of dish and set aside.

Bring milk, cardamom pods, allspice berries, cinnamon, and nutmeg to a simmer in a saucepan over medium-low heat; simmer for about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool for 15 minutes. Strain milk into a bowl to remove large spices.

Bring milk, cardamom pods, allspice berries, cinnamon, and nutmeg to a simmer in a saucepan over medium-low heat; simmer for about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool for 15 minutes. Strain milk into a bowl to remove large spices.

Heat 4 tablespoons butter in a saute pan over medium-high heat. Saute apple in the hot butter until tender, about 5 minutes. Turn off heat and add 1 cup brown sugar, vanilla extract, and caramel extract. Stir until sugar is melted. Pour over bread cubes and toss until evenly distributed.

Heat 4 tablespoons butter in a saute pan over medium-high heat. Saute apple in the hot butter until tender, about 5 minutes. Turn off heat and add 1 cup brown sugar, vanilla extract, and caramel extract. Stir until sugar is melted. Pour over bread cubes and toss until evenly distributed.

Beat eggs and cooled, spiced milk together in a mixing bowl using an electric mixer. Pour over the bread mixture. Allow bread to soak up mixture, 10 to 15 minutes, lightly tapping down bread cubes as needed so egg mixture can soak in.

Beat eggs and cooled, spiced milk together in a mixing bowl using an electric mixer. Pour over the bread mixture. Allow bread to soak up mixture, 10 to 15 minutes, lightly tapping down bread cubes as needed so egg mixture can soak in.

Sprinkle remaining 1/4 cup brown sugar over the bread pudding. Melt remaining butter in a microwave-safe dish in a microwave, 15 to 30 seconds. Drizzle over brown sugar.

Sprinkle remaining 1/4 cup brown sugar over the bread pudding. Melt remaining butter in a microwave-safe dish in a microwave, 15 to 30 seconds. Drizzle over brown sugar.

Bake in the preheated oven until set and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 45 to 60 minutes. Serve warm or cold.

Bake in the preheated oven until set and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 45 to 60 minutes. Serve warm or cold.

Cook’s Note:

Cut the stale bread into 1-inch cubes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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