It’s taken Michael and me almost ten years of marriage (and lots of gentle hinting) to figure out Valentine’s Day. He finally understands that half-wilted roses from the grocery store – no doubt purchased on his way home from work – are not the key to my affection. And I finally realized that he appreciates a homemade dinner, dessert, anything way more than a gift that eventually shows up on our credit card bill. That’s my guy, and that’s where this insanely good bread pudding comes in.
I know what you’re thinking — it’s not chocolate. But with a vanilla and cinnamon scented custard, tart baked apples and rum-soaked raisins, it’s the ultimate comfort food and perfect for Valentine’s Day.
It’s the kind of dessert you pile into a bowl piping hot and top with melting vanilla ice cream…then curl up on the sofa, watch a good movie and savor every bite.
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Apple Rum Raisin Bread Pudding
- 2/3 cup raisins
- 2 tablespoons dark or spiced rum
- 2 cups whole milk
- 4 large eggs
- 1 cup sugar
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 4 cups packed challah or brioche cubes, from one loaf with crust removed (you won't use entire loaf)
- 1 large tart baking apple, such as Granny Smith, peeled, cored, cut into 1/8-inch slices and then cut in half
- Vanilla ice cream, for serving
- Preheat oven to 350°F and spray an 11x7-inch glass (or equivalent 2-quart) baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
- Place raisins and rum in a shallow bowl and microwave on high for 30 seconds. Let raisins soak in rum while you prepare other ingredients.
- Whisk milk, eggs, sugar, melted butter, cinnamon, salt and vanilla in large bowl to blend. Add challah cubes, sliced apples and raisins with rum and fold together with a large spatula. Pour mixture into prepared baking dish, flatten with spatula and make sure apples and raisins are evenly distributed. Let stand 15 minutes.
- Bake bread pudding until top is golden and center is set, about 55-65 minutes. Spoon into bowls, top with vanilla ice cream and serve.
- Freezer-Friendly Instructions: The bread pudding can be frozen for up to 3 months. After it is completely cooled, double-wrap it securely with aluminum foil or plastic freezer wrap or in a freezer-safe container. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator. Before serving, reheat in the oven until warm.