The Best Apple Bread Pudding Recipe

This is the best bread pudding recipe because it combines the warm comfort of classic bread pudding with the sweet and tangy flavors of apples. Apple Bread Pudding is a delightful twist on a beloved dessert, and we guarantee it will satisfy your cravings for something truly exceptional.

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Bread pudding on a white plate with a scoop of ice cream

Making the Best Bread Pudding Recipe

This bread pudding recipe has been carefully crafted to bring you the ultimate bread pudding experience. So, let’s dive into the scrumptious world of Apple Bread Pudding!

This is the best bread pudding recipe, it is truly top tier! Another Masterchef original that I made on the show for our first mystery box. The Challenge, APPLES! Imagine walking in to Masterchef kitchen, the magic doors open, and BOOM a mystery box at your station.

Meanwhile, Gordon Ramsay, Aaron Sanchez, and Joe Bastianich are standing there. “Lift your boxes in 3…2…1”, are the last words I hear before I lift up my box and apples flood my station. I start putting together my dish in my head.

This was a hard one for me especially because my region, the South, had to make a sweet dish…on Masterchef…for the SECOND challenge. This is not how I wanted things to start off, but how hard could it be?

Bread pudding apples

Why you will LOVE this recipe

This Apple Bread Pudding recipe is truly the best for several reasons. First and foremost, the combination of Granny Smith apples and Challah bread creates an exceptional flavor profile, striking the perfect balance between sweetness and tanginess. The careful soaking of the Challah bread in the custard mixture ensures a moist and tender texture that is simply divine.

These instructions are easy to follow, allowing bakers of all skill levels to achieve remarkable results. Moreover, this recipe offers versatility, providing a solid base for customization and personalization. Whether enjoyed on its own or adorned with various accompaniments, this Apple Bread Pudding is guaranteed to be a crowd-pleaser, delivering pure indulgence with every bite.

Bread pudding ingredients

What you will need for apple bread pudding

most importantly, to create this delectable dessert, gather the following ingredients:

  • Challah Bread: The airy and slightly sweet nature of challah bread adds an irresistible texture and depth to the pudding.
  • Apples:The tartness and juiciness of apples infuse the pudding with bursts of flavor and a pleasant tang.
  • Eggs: They bind the ingredients together and contribute to a rich and velvety consistency.
  • Heavy Cream: This luscious ingredient adds a creamy and decadent touch to the bread pudding.
  • Milk: It provides moisture and helps create a soft, custard-like texture.
  • Granulated Sugar: Sweetens the pudding and enhances the overall taste.: Chicken broth serves as the cooking liquid, enhancing the taste and moisture of the dish.
  • Vanilla Extract: Its aromatic essence elevates the flavor profile, making the bread pudding truly irresistible.
  • Ground Cinnamon: This warm spice adds a comforting and aromatic note to the dessert.
  • Salt: Balances the sweetness and enhances the other flavors.
  • Butter: It creates a golden crust and imparts a rich buttery taste to the bread pudding.
sauteeing apples in a skillet to make bread pudding
cooking apples for bread pudding

How to make the bread pudding

  1. First, cut the challah bread into 3/4-inch cubes.
  2. Next, make the custard: whisk together eggs, granulated sugar, brown sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon and salt. Add the milk, cream, and cooled apple juice reduction. Whisk until thoroughly combined.
  3. Combine: Add the cubed bread into the custard mixture until the bread is submerged and wet. Let it soak for at least 30 minutes up to an hour.
  4. Bake: Pour bread pudding mixture into the prepared baking dish.Bake at 350 F for 45 minutes
  5. Customize: Add your favorite fruit or toppings
Bread pudding cut
soaking bread to make bread pudding.

Why use Challah Bread:

Challah bread, with its soft and slightly dense texture, is the ideal choice, and what makes this the best bread pudding recipe. Its rich, eggy flavor and firmness make it capable of soaking up the custard mixture without becoming overly soggy. The result is a beautifully tender and moist bread pudding with a delightful balance of flavors.

challah bread for bread pudding

Tips for a moist bread pudding

  1. Choose slightly stale challah bread for better absorption of the custard mixture.
  2. Allow the bread to soak in the custard for at least 15 minutes to ensure it’s thoroughly infused with flavors.
  3. Do not overbake the pudding. The center should be moist and custardy, with a golden-brown crust.
  4. Serve warm or at room temperature for the best texture and taste.
sauce for bread pudding in a bowl with a whisk

What to serve with bread pudding

to complete your dessert, consider pairing it with these delectable accompaniments:

  1. Vanilla Sauce: A luscious vanilla sauce drizzled over the warm bread pudding adds an extra touch of sweetness.
  2. Caramel Sauce: The richness of caramel perfectly complements the sweet and tangy flavors of the apple bread pudding.
  3. Whipped Cream: Dollop some lightly sweetened whipped cream on top to add a fluffy and creamy element to each bite.
  4. Ice Cream: The contrast between the warm pudding and cold ice cream creates a delightful sensation on the palate.
Bread pudding on a white plate with a scoop of ice cream

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bread pudding on a plate with a scoop of ice cream

Best Bread Pudding Recipe

Indulge in the irresistible flavors of this Apple Bread Pudding, featuring Granny Smith apples and Challah bread. This delectable dessert recipe combines tender bread cubes with tangy apples, creating a mouthwatering treat.
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 5 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12 people
Calories 430 kcal


  • 1 13×9 baking dish


Bread Pudding

  • 6 cups challah bread cubed (20oz)
  • 2 cups apple juice
  • 5 eggs
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 2 1/4 cup cream
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar 110g
  • 1/2 cup white sugar 100g
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch salt
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 stick butter 56g

Apple compote (for filling and topping)

  • 6 granny smith apples diced
  • 3 tbs unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon


  • Preheat oven to 350 F, and butter a 13 by 9-inch baking dish.
  • Place the apple juice in a saucepan and bring it to a boil. Reduced to one cup, and remove from heat. Let it cool to room temperature and set aside
  • Peal the apples and cut them into 1/2-inch cubes. Melt 3 tablespoons of unsalted butter over medium heat in a non-stick 12-inch pan. Once the butter is melted, add all the apples and sprinkle in the sugar. Toss the apples and sugar together until the apples are evenly coated.
  • cook the apples, on high, until most of the liquid is evaporated and the apples begin to caramelize.
  • When the liquid has completely evaporated, remove the pan from the heat, sprinkle in cinnamon. Stir and set aside to cool.  
  • Cut the challah bread into 3/4-inch cubes.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, granulated sugar, brown sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon and salt. Add the milk, cream, and cooled apple juice reduction. Whisk until thoroughly combined. 
  • Add the cubed bread into the custard mixture until the bread is submerged and wet. Let it soak for at least 30 minutes up to an hour.
  • Set aside 1/4 of the cooked apples and add the remaining cooked apples to the bread pudding mixture. Gently fold into the mixture until combined.
  • Pour bread pudding mixture into the prepared baking dish. Spread the remaining cooked apples over the bread pudding and drizzle melted butter over the top.
  • Bake the bread pudding for 45-60 minutes. Golden brown and firm, with a little give in the center is what we are looking for. Let cool for 25 minutes to let bread pudding firm up.
  • serve with a caramel sauce and/or ice cream
Keyword bread pudding recipe, easy bread pudding, homemade bread pudding

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