So, I may have created something to rival my famous sweet potato praline bread pudding, y’all. I like to try at least one new dish each Thanksgiving, and this nutty apple cranberry bread pudding was a brand new dessert recipe I came up with last month. I documented making it in my Instagram story and asked if anyone wanted me to put the recipe up. The answer was “ASAP!” so here we are. 🙂
Flavor-wise, there’s quite a bit going on–we’ve got spiced apple, cranberry, pecan, almond–and that doesn’t even factor in the maple vanilla cream sauce! Yes, that’s right. Maple. Vanilla. Cream Sauce. Don’t worry, though, all the flavors play together wonderfully to create a truly show-stopping dessert.
This nutty apple cranberry bread pudding starts out like any other bread pudding with a brief detour to saute chopped apples in butter, sugar, and warm spices like cinnamon and nutmeg. The nutty flavor comes from pecan halves and almond extract. Dried cranberries provide a tart burst of fruitiness to balance out the ooey-gooey sweetness of everything else. In case you couldn’t already tell, this is not a diet-friendly dish. The holidays seem to give you a pass, though, so gobble some of this up before the New Year New You memes start hitting Instagram and gut guilt compels you to more mindful eating. I mean, doesn’t the picture below just make you want to chomp at the screen? I won’t tell anybody you said yes. 🙂
If you can’t get enough bread pudding (In real life, who can?) then be sure to check out my cinnamon roll bread pudding, too. Happy holidays and thank you for reading!
P.S. More apple and cranberry recipes: