Bread pudding is my favorite home-baked treat these days — not too sweet, filled with wholesome ingredients, easy, and delicious. I enjoy it in reasonable amounts, without awakening a desire to eat all of it (unlike some cookies I could name). In fact, bread pudding is less triggering for me than bread. If some good bread is around, tempting me to eat too much, baking it into bread pudding is an instant cure.
This applesauce bread pudding is cozy and comforting, perfect for the festive season and the rest of winter. Bread pudding reheats nicely in the microwave. A drizzle of maple syrup makes it sweet enough for dessert, but I also like it for breakfast with a dollop of yogurt.
I bake it in the bread machine for an hour and 10 minutes. The oven would work as well, baking for 45 minutes to an hour depending on the size and shape of the pan.
When I have it available, I like to use Applesauce Bread in my Applesauce Bread Pudding — a nice layering of flavors.
Applesauce Bread Pudding
10 slices bread
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 cup applesauce
2 cups milk
2 tablespoons Grade B maple syrup
1. Cube the bread. Layer cubes in a bowl with sprinkled cinnamon. If the bread is very fresh, allow the cubes to dry for an hour or so.
2. Stir together the applesauce, milk, eggs, and syrup. Pour over bread cubes, stirring until all cubes are moistened. Allow to sit in refrigerator for an hour or so to let the bread cubes absorb the liquid.
3. Spoon the mixture into the bread machine bucket and set it to the “bake only” setting for 1 hour and 10 minutes.
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