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Author Notes: So, this friend of ours, knowing my hubby loves French bread, brings us this loaf, which happened to have a hole in the bag, and the thing is dried OUT! What to do? Well, of course, the first thing I thought of was a big, rich, luscious apple pudding! Old-fashioned, warm, incredible with whipped cream or vanilla ice-cream, plenty of fresh apples, cinnamon--and made with that rock hard French bread! Also incredible with warm caramel sauce! —BeijingRose
- 1 very dry, hard French bread loaf, cut in 1-2 in. cubes
- 4 apples--cored, sliced in 8 pieces, each slice cut into 3 pieces--do not peel apples!
- 1 cup raisins
- 1 cup cinnamon-raisin applesauce
- 4 eggs
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 level TBSP cinnamon
- 1 TBSP pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 TBSP ginger
- In a large mixing bowl place the cubes of dried French bread. Put the apples, raisins and a little sugar in a pot with a little water and slowly simmer about 15 minutes to soften--I leave the peel on the apple, tastes better and makes for a better texture. Drain and add to French bread cubes.
- In a separate bowl pour the buttermilk, 4 eggs, cinnamon-applesauce, sugar and brown sugar, oil, vanilla, cinnamon and ginger. Mix well with a whisk and pour over the French bread cubes mix.
- Mix well, folding the ingredients, wet and dry, together so the bread can soak up the liquids. Make sure all the bread cubes are submerged--pat the down with a spoon if you must. WAIT 30 minutes until all the bread has soaked up the liquid. Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Butter spray an 11 X 17 inch glass baking dish, then pour the whole mixture into it. Smooth it a little on top. Place the baking dish into a larger roasting pan and fill with about 2 inches of water. Bake for one hour. Let cool for 30 minutes before serving.