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.

19 comments:

Clivia said...

Next time I'll have my bread pudding with a side of brownies. Glad it was enjoyed!

JoAnn Freda said...

I love the beautiful golden, sugary crust on top of the bread pudding. You make your own brioche? Are you really my kid? I hope you set aside some brioche in the freezer, this looks like one your youngest brother would LOVE.

Tracey said...

Yay, you're back! Guess I should have waited one more day before emailing you :) Your bread pudding looks fabulous! I think we used the same size pan, though I made 1/3 of the recipe so mine wasn't as tall. Glad it was a hit for you guys, I just can't seem to get past the texture.

jillbert said...

It looks delicious! I love your photos with a bowlful of desserts!

chocolatechic said...

Extra large dessert....that just had me giggling.

Looks just wonderful.

spike. said...

I find bread pudding difficult to photographic and make look pretty- you however, are a star at it! gorgeous

Leslie said...

Margot, your brioche is a thing of beauty! I'm glad you made brioche, too, as I was starting to feel like a bit of a freak. I love Josh's attitude about dinner. But ice cream and a brownie? The man is definitely a keeper!

Ashley aka Eclectic Connoisseur said...

Lovely photos & nice work making your own brioche. I'm doubly impressed!

Mimi said...

Looks delicious, especially that homemade brioche.
Mimi

Lauryn said...

Great job!! I am impressed you made your own brioche! It looks fabulous, as does the yummy bread pudding!!

Flourchild said...

Woah..looks so good! Can't even imagine the calories sitting in that bowl:))

sarahe said...

it looks perfect, and your brioche is amazing!

Tia said...

great colors, nice lighting. awesome job!

Heather said...

This bread pudding looks delicious and is beautifully photographed.

TeaLady said...

with ice cream. sounds perfect. looks delicious. gald to see you back.

brioche would be perfect for this since it is so buttery. great job on both.

Mary said...

Your finished pudding looks fabulous! I'm definitely going to make this again in the fall, and as a full-size pudding. I think I got the bread/custard ratio wrong in my minis. They were good, but this looks amazing. Beautiful brioche too.
:)

Cakelaw said...

Your pudding is so pretty amd love the home-made brioche. As for me, I used supermarket white sliced - way too lazy to make my own bread for the challenge!

Jacque said...

I find that making bread is almost more fun than making the dessert it's intended for. Your brioche loaf looks perfect... mm, mmmm! Nice job on the BP too, the top makes you want to dig in.

Chef Dennis said...

that bread pudding looks sinfully delicious....add those ice creams and you own me body an soul!!