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  • 4 - medium tart apples, such as Granny Smith
  • 2 tablespoons - light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoons - ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoons - ground mace or nutmeg
  • 3 cups - apple cider
  • 2 tablespoons - butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoons - vanilla extract
  • 6 cups - 1-inch pieces stale bread without crusts
  • 1/3 cups - golden raisins
  • 1/2 cups - walnuts, toasted and chopped
  • - whipped cream, optional, for serving
  • Directions:

    Preheat oven to 350°F.

    Peel and thinly slice apples. Toss with brown sugar, cinnamon and mace (or nutmeg) in a medium bowl. Combine cider, butter and vanilla in another medium bowl.

    Cover the bottom of a 3-quart round casserole dish (or similar-size pot) with 2 cups bread pieces. Pour about 1/2 cup of the cider mixture over them. Sprinkle with about one-third of the raisins and cover with about one-third of the apple slices. Repeat with another layer of 2 cups bread, 1/2 cup cider and half the remaining raisins and apple slices. For the third layer, arrange the rest of the bread, raisins and apples so that some of each is visible on the surface. Slowly ladle the remaining cider mixture over the top.

    Using a flat, wide spatula, press down to compact and submerge the top layer (it may not remain submerged). Cover with a lid or foil.

    Bake for 30 minutes. Use the spatula again to press down the top and baste it with the liquid. Cover and bake for 30 minutes more. Baste the top layer again by pressing down on it with the spatula. Keep the cover off and continue baking until the top is golden, about 30 minutes more. Let rest on a wire rack for 15 minutes.

    Scoop the bread pudding into individual serving dishes. Sprinkle each portion with some of the walnuts and top with a dollop of whipped cream (if using).

    Brief Description

    Bread pudding made with apple cider instead of the usual custard; great apple flavor from both the cider and sliced tart apples.

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    Category:  Desserts

    Cuisine:  English

    Prep Time: 30 min
    Cook Time: 1 hour(s) 30 min


    To make the bread stale, store at room temperature in a paper (not plastic) bag for 2-5 days. If you don't want to wait, bake sliced or cubed bread on a large baking sheet at 250 degrees F until crisped and dry, 15-20 minutes. One 1-pound loaf (12-14 slices) yields 8-10 cups of 1-inch pieces.

    Toast nuts before using for best flavor. Spread whole nuts on baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees F, stirring once and checking often, until fragrant, about 7-9 minutes.



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    November 9, 2013

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