Tuesday, May 18, 2010
TWD: Apple-Apple Bread Pudding
After taking a somewhat unintentional week off from Tuesdays With Dorie last week (and two weeks of Sweet Melissa Sundays), I am back with this week’s selection, Apple-Apple Bread Pudding – and hopefully back-on-track. Bread pudding is one of those desserts I really enjoy, but I find about once every six months is about the appropriate frequency to eat it. The other times I’ve made bread pudding, I’ve baked small portions in ramekins. I had a feeling Josh would have no trouble eating copious amounts of apple bread pudding (with a little help from me, of course), so I made a half recipe in a 10x7 pan. I made the full amount of apples, though, for extra apple-y goodness; I used about three quarters of them in the pudding and saved the rest to eat with my oatmeal.
After a busy week last week, I was grateful to have more free time this weekend and I made brioche! I used the “Middle Class” brioche recipe from The Bread Baker’s Apprentice, which used a moderate amount of butter (two sticks) and yielded lovely light buttery bread. A definite winner and perfect in the bread pudding.
As predicted, this bread pudding was a huge hit. Josh had a hectic day today and didn’t have time for lunch, so I offered to make a heartier dinner than I had planned. He rebuffed my offer and said he would just have an extra-large dessert instead (as opposed to all other nights :). We rated the bread pudding a 9 for Deliciousness and a 3 (this does not count baking the bread) for Effort, for an EDR of 3. Many thanks to Elizabeth of Cake or Death (cake, please) for a yummy selection. You can find the recipe on Elizabeth's site and visit the TWD site to see what the rest of the group thought.
This photo? Not the extra-large dessert. Just a moderate portion of bread pudding, brownies, and ice cream.