Apple French Toast Loaf with Maple Butter
This bread pudding combines flavors reminiscent of "French Toast" with the subtle tang of the apples and finds a worthy companion in the sweet maple butter. The butter, nuts, and brown sugar that are added to the pan just before baking form a glaze when the loaf is inverted and unmolded. Slices are served topped with a maple compound butter.
- ⅓ cup brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 7 eggs
- 1 cup milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 8 cups firm white bread cut into 1” cubes (approx. 1 lb loaf)
- ¼ cup sugar
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 ½ cup chopped apples
- 3 Tablespoons Challenge Butter
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- ¼ cup coarsely chopped walnuts
1For the Maple Butter, beat ½ cup room temperature Challenge Butter until light and fluffy then beat in ¼ cup maple syrup.
2For the Bread Pudding: combine sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt in a large mixing bowl. Whisk in eggs, milk and vanilla. Add bread cubes, cover with plastic wrap and place in refrigerator at least 30 minutes (leave overnight if desired) to allow bread to soak up liquid.
3Preheat oven to 350°F.
4Blend ¼ cup sugar and ¼ teaspoon cinnamon; combine with chopped apple. Stir apples into bread cube mix.
5Butter the sides of a 9x5-inch loaf pan (or other 6-cup baking mold), then melt 3 Tablespoons Challenge Butter in the pan in the preheating oven – watch carefully! Remove pan and evenly sprinkle ¼ cup brown sugar and nuts over melted butter.
6Add apple/ bread cube mix to the pan. Bake 50 to 60 minutes or until top is browned and firm to touch.
7Unmold pudding, slice and serve with dollop of Maple Butter.
!Recipe can be doubled and baked in a 12 cup Bundt pan.