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Orange Cranberry Decadent Bread Pudding

A tip from Mom’s hand written recipe is what perfected my bread pudding into a pan of true deliciousness!

So do you remember when I shared with you guys my Orange Cranberry No Knead Bread recipe? Sure you do as so many of you guys LOVED it (thank you!). Well I have a slight confession about that bread. I kind of because obsessed with it. Like to the point I was making it twice a week and forgot to buy ‘normal’ bread as Mr. Fantabulous calls it. He likes plain ol’ wheat sandwich bread for his PB&Js and then the artisan breads for his meals. Apparently wheat sandwich bread isn’t fancy enough for dinner. *shrugs* As long as it has carbs and butter on it I could care less what it is!

Well I ended up with a lot (seriously we’re talking A LOT) of bread to the point I couldn’t give anymore away and I couldn’t fit anymore in my freezer. So I had to think fast. That’s when I thought about making bread pudding.

Now I’ll be honest I’m not a huge fan of bread puddings normally as I don’t like custard-type things. It’s a textural things for me. Plus most bread puddings I’ve had are well, mushy and that’s grosses me out. But he loves them so I figured I would give it a shot. As I was looking through my recipes I found a recipe for bread pudding my Mom apparently made. Now I don’t remember her making this but then I was such a picky eater as a child she very well could have and I just turned my nose up at it.

not a bread pudding fan? You will be after you try this!

Caramel Apple Bread Pudding with Vanilla Butterscotch Sauce

So I’ll be the first to fess up about bread pudding.  I never liked it really.  Anytime I ever tried it, it was at one of those buffet places and not only was it visually unappealing but the taste was just mush. Yes, I just made the 7-year-old-girl-squinched-up-face.  To me, it just didn’t seem to make sense.  It’s bread… as a pudding?  It just wasn’t right. However Mr. Fantabulous was a fan so I had to try and figure out how to make it my own. Plus more importantly, I needed to make it so *I* would like it.

Well for some reason I had an excess of bread (trust me, it’s not a bad thing) and since I hate wasting stuff I figured it was perfect timing to try my hand at this. Now most bread puddings I’ve seen out have a custard base with raisins in it.  However I hate custard.  I mean almost as much as mayo.  Well wait, let me clarify that.  I LOVE frozen authentic custard – there’s actually a place about 25 minutes from my house that still makes true frozen custard made with eggs that is THE BOMB!  Literally we would go at least once a week to get some.  Their chocolate chip custard and peanut butter fudge is to die for!  We go there so often that the owner knows exactly what we want – banana split for Mr. Fantabulous with 2 cherries and a waffle cone with half chocolate chip and half peanut butter fudge for me.  Now one would think I eat mine and he eats his BUT… yeah not in my marriage and being married to the proverbial bottomless pit!  This necessarily isn’t a bad thing.  I eat about a quarter of my stuff and he finishes mine and his.  My thighs are thankful of this to say the least

But I digress… back to this bread pudding thing. Since I didn’t want that cucka custardy filling I went with a more creamy and silky mixture.  I could have gone with raisins but I wanted to really go outside of the box (though you could easily put in raisins if you wanted) and ended up going with apples and caramel.  Next time I make this I’ll add the raisins to the apples and caramel however I think I’ll soak them in some rum first just to give it a more boozy taste. Plus I love the taste of rum raisin which is odd as I don’t like the taste of rum by itself.

Caramel Apple Bread Pudding Butterscotch Sauce1

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