Apple Cranberry Bread Pudding

Update a classic comfort-food dessert by using Ontario Cranberries instead of raisins. Serve warm with Lemon or Butterscotch Sauce, Ontario Maple Syrup, vanilla ice cream or frozen yogurt.

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Servings: 6

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Ingredients

  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 cups (500 mL) milk
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup (50 mL) butter, melted
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) vanilla
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) grated lemon peel
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) cinnamon
  • 4 cups (1 L) cubed stale French or egg bread
  • 2 Ontario Apples, peeled and diced
  • 3/4 cup (175 mL) halved fresh or thawed Ontario Cranberries

Preparation

In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, sugar, butter and vanilla. Stir in lemon peel and cinnamon. Stir in bread cubes let stand 10 minutes or until bread is well-moistened. Stir in diced apples and cranberries; pour into buttered 6-cup (1.5 L) baking dish.

Bake in preheated 350°F (180°C) oven for 50 to 60 minutes or until puffed and set in centre. Serve warm.

Sauces:

Lemon Sauce:

Combine 1/4 cup (50 mL) granulated sugar and 1 tbsp (15 mL) cornstarch in a medium microwaveable bowl. Gradually blend in 3/4 cup (175 mL) milk. Microwave, uncovered on High (100%) for 2 to 3 minutes or until mixture boils and thickens, stirring twice during cooking. Stir in 1 tbsp (15 mL) butter until melted, then 2 tbsp (25 mL) lemon juice and 1/2 tsp (2 mL) grated lemon peel. Makes about 1 cup (250 mL).

Butterscotch Sauce:

Combine 1/2 cup (125 mL) packed brown sugar and 1 tbsp (15 mL) cornstarch in a medium microwaveable bowl. Gradually blend in 3/4 cup (175 mL) milk. Microwave, uncovered on High (100%) for 2 to 3 minutes or until mixture boils and thickens, stirring twice during cooking. Stir in 2 tbsp (25 mL) butter until melted, then 1/2 tsp (2 mL) vanilla. Makes about 1 cup (250 mL).

Note: Recipes tested in an 800-watt microwave oven. Power level terminology in microwave ovens varies; check your owner's manual and use whichever word or number gives you the same percentages as in the recipe (High is always 100%). If your oven differs, cooking times may vary.

Nutrients per serving

  • Protein: 12.0 grams
  • Fat: 17.0 grams
  • Carbohydrates: 67.0 grams
  • Calories: 469