Apple Bread Pudding – Mid-Century Recipe Guest Test Sunday

Posted on Apr 6 2014 - 8:00am by Erica

Buzz loves bread pudding. If he was on a desert island and could only bring along one food, I would guess this would be it.


So bread pudding with fruit? YES PLEASE.

4.5 from 2 reviews
Apple Bread Pudding – Mid-Century Recipe Guest Test Sunday
Apple Bread Pudding
  • 8 slices bread
  • 1½ cups hot milk
  • 4 tablespoons butter or margarine
  • 5 eggs
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ½ cup raisins
  • 1 apple, pared and diced (1 cup)
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
Lemon Sauce
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 tablespoon butter or margarine
  • 1 teaspoon shredded lemon peel
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  1. Toast bread on baking sheet in oven till golden; cut in ½-inch cubes (5½ cups). Turn into butter 1½-quart casserole. Add hot milk and butter or margarine; let stand 30 minutes.
  2. Beat eggs till light. Add salt, granulated sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, raisins, and apple; stir into bread mixture. Sprinkle brown sugar over pudding. Bake, uncovered, at 300° for 45 minutes.
  3. Top with Lemon Sauce: Mix ½ cup granulated sugar, 1 tablespoon cornstarch, and ⅛ teaspoon salt. Slowly add 1 cup boiling water. Cook and stir till thick and clear; remove from heat. Add 1 tablespoon butter or margarine, 1 teaspoon shredded lemon peel, and 1 tablespoon lemon juice; blend.
  4. Makes 6 to 8 servings.


This is rather different than Buzz’s typical recipe. The bread chunks are soaked before the egg is added, and he doesn’t add apples or toppings.


But based on his experience, we knew that a good-quality, thick-sliced bread was going to be important. Bread is pretty central to this recipe.


Also, the toaster is faster and easier than toasting bread in the oven. One wonders if this is, perhaps, the reason it was named a “toaster.”

Wasn’t everybody getting free toasters when they opened bank accounts back in the mid-century? I’m sure I remember some jokes about that.


I have to admit: I don’t typically put brown sugar on top of bread pudding when I bake it. It made a really nice-looking crust on top.


Buzz often smiles when he first sees a retro recipe, but it’s often a nervous or resigned smile. This one was pure happy.


Mmmmmmmmmmm, yes.

Verdict: Delicious.

Tasting notes:

The brown sugar topping gives a nice crunch to contrast the gooey bread. Cinnamon and nutmeg levels are perfect. The apples weren’t critical to the dish, although it was a pleasant addition. Go light on the lemon sauce, it may start to get too sweet and cloying after a few bites, but don’t leave off the brown sugar topping!

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Erica was inspired to learn to cook by a complete lack of home economics classes in high school, and a love of old books. When using antique cookbooks to teach herself some skills, she realized a lot of the recipes were pretty strange by modern standards. All that fun testing just begged to be shared with the world. Regular recipe testing can be found here on Mid-Century Menu, on Erica's Retro Recipe Attempts blog, and also I Ate The 80's.

9 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. thelmaritter April 6, 2014 at 9:57 am - Reply

    We aren’t a big “sweet” family (i have an ununquenchable and terrifying sour dough bread habit) but this sounds so yummy i might just have to give this a try!

    • Tipsykit April 6, 2014 at 8:28 pm - Reply

      Leftover sourdough actually makes a very nice bread pudding!

      • Buzz April 7, 2014 at 9:03 am - Reply

        I made sourdough bread pudding once, and it was indeed quite good. But I’m not sure I’ve ever found a bread that was bad in bread pudding. (Maybe pumpernickel wouldn’t work right.)

        • Tipsykit April 8, 2014 at 8:45 pm - Reply

          I bet you could make pumpernickel work with the right other ingredients. I could see maybe something with molasses tasting pretty good. It might not look very pretty though.

  2. Cedar April 6, 2014 at 10:25 pm - Reply

    It is rare that I read your blog and think something sounds delicious, but this one does! 😉

  3. Abby April 6, 2014 at 11:04 pm - Reply

    I made bread pudding today with stale marked-down “hot cross buns” from the grocery. They were made with raisins and candied fruit pieces. It was actually very good.

  4. Lassie April 8, 2014 at 10:26 am - Reply

    I’ve made various recipes of bread pudding over the years, and they mostly came out ‘meh’. The addition of apples is something that really improves a bread pudding, a lot – other fruits, too. (may I say, I LOVE that t-shirt Buzz is wearing! what is it, where do you get it?”

    • Buzz April 8, 2014 at 4:49 pm - Reply

      The image on the shirt is Wheatfield with Crows, by Van Gogh. I selected the shirt for this post based on its agricultural character. However, I have no idea where I originally got it. Google indicates that shirts featuring that painting are readily available online, but mine is probably about two decades old. In my teens I accumulated an extensive collection of unusual shirts, a small fraction of which I am now able to show off in these tasting pictures.

  5. Taryn April 18, 2014 at 6:25 am - Reply

    I am also a huge fan of a bread and butter pudding and this looks awesome!!! xx

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