Apple French Bread Pudding


6 cups bread, cut into cubes

2 cups milk

4 eggs

1 1/2 cups applesauce, divided

1 tsp vanilla

1/3 cup sugar

1 tsp cinnamon

2 Tbsp un-salted butter

1/3 cup craisins (optional)

1/4 cup pecans, chopped (optional)

Preheat your oven to 325, then tear or cut the bread into 1" cubes.

Spread bread onto a baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes to lightly toast the bread.

After baking, let bread cool in the oven for a few minutes to allow steam to evaporate.

While the bread is drying, prepare custard.

In a bowl, whisk together milk, eggs, 1 cup applesauce, vanilla, sugar and cinnamon.

Put bread to a large bowl, add craisins and nuts, then pour the apple cinnamon custard on top.

Stir to combine and allow bread to soak for 15 minutes to absorb the custard.

Meanwhile, use 1 teaspoon of butter to grease a two quart casserole dish.

Put bread to the casserole dish and spread out evenly.

Cut remaining butter into chunks and sprinkle it over the bread.

Bake bread pudding for 45 minutes, or until the internal temperature reaches 160.

Remove bread pudding from the oven, add remaining ½ cup applesauce in dollops on top of the bread pudding.

Serve warm and enjoy!

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