This Apple Pie Bread Pudding puts a fall twist on a year-round Southern favorite.
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It’s Fall, y’all! This time of year in the South calls for warm, sugary, and indulgent comfort food especially if the food involves fall staples of apples, pumpkin, or nuts. My FAVORITE fall dessert combines two of these staples in this southern skillet apple pie bread pudding recipe!
I fell in love with bread pudding while working as a server during my college years. Before working this job, I had never tasted this yummy treat. I’m not sure how that is possible since I live in the heart of the South and bread pudding is pretty much a must-have dessert here, but it’s my truth.
I now eat this dessert every time I have the chance. Restaurant bread pudding is wonderful (hello no effort!), BUT homemade bread pudding is 100% worth the time and effort that you will put into it. If you have tried regular bread pudding and loved it , just wait until this try this recipe that mixes apple pie in with the bread pudding. I’m telling you, your tastebuds might just explode!
Southern Skillet Apple Pie Bread Pudding Recipe
This recipe is super simple and not very time consuming so you don’t have to be an excellent baker or have a lot of free time to make a yummy apple pie bread pudding. The prep only takes about ten minutes and the cook time is about fifty minutes. This means that in one quick hour you could be enjoying your own sweet and comforting bread pudding!
Gather up your cast iron skillet (or a baking pan if you don’t currently have any cast iron), a whisk, a mixing bowl, some measuring cups, the ingredients listed below, and a hungry sweet tooth and you are ready to get started!
Apple Pie Bread Pudding Ingredients:
- 1 loaf of french bread or brioche bread
- 5 large eggs (local if you have access)
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 cup whole milk (we like to use raw goat milk)
- 2 cups heavy cream
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 can of store bought apple pie filling or 2 cups of homemade apple pie filling
- 1/2 cup walnuts (chopped)
- 1 tbsp whole milk
- 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
Apple Pie Bread Pudding Directions:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
2. PREPARE APPLE FILLING
Peel, core, and slice the apples if you are making your own homemade apple pie filling. Use this apple peeling, coring, and slicing tool to make this step quick and easy. Follow these instructions to finish making the filling.
3. CUBE THE BREAD
Cut the loaf of french bread into small cubes. Place them in your greased baking pan or cast iron skillet. I always prefer cooking with cast iron because it is a sustainable option and everything just seems to taste better coming out of an iron skillet.
4. MAKE THE PUDDING MIXTURE
Whisk the eggs, 1 tsp cinnamon, sugar, 1 tsp vanilla, milk, and heavy cream together in a medium to large mixing bowl.
6. ADD PUDDING TO BREAD
Pour the egg pudding mixture over the bread cubes and let sit for 3-5 minutes so the bread can soak up this creamy goodness.
7. ADD PIE FILLING AND WALNUTS
Spoon the apple pie filling on top of the bread pudding. Make sure that it is spread evenly so that every bite gets a taste of apple pie. Sprinkle some chopped walnuts over the top.
Bake your bread pudding for 50 minutes at 350 degrees F.
9. PREPARE CINNAMON VANILLA GLAZE
At the end of the baking time, mix together the powdered sugar and milk to make the glaze. Add the remainder of the cinnamon and vanilla after the glaze has reached the desired consistency.
10. TOP WITH CINNAMON VANILLA GLAZE
Let the apple pie bread pudding cool and drizzle the cinnamon vanilla glaze over the top.
Enjoy warm with a scoop of ice cream. Vanilla is always a good choice, but I prefer to scoop some homemade salted milk & honey ice cream on top of this Southern Skillet Apple Pie Bread Pudding.
This dessert never lasts long in our house between myself, my husband, and our four kids. We usually have a portion for each of us and then we keep sneaking quick bites straight from the skillet until it disappears.
If your family is anything like ours (with very little control over the sweet tooth) you might want to consider whipping up two of these bread puddings instead of just one!
- You can use pecans or other nuts instead of walnuts if you prefer. You can even skip this topping altogether.
- Add bourbon to the glaze for an extra kick.
- Store leftover (if you have any) in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
- You can freeze this bread pudding in freezer bags or other airtight containers. Thaw in the fridge and warm in the oven or microwave.
- Out of heavy cream or apple pie filling? Use these recipes to make your own:
- Homemade Heavy Cream
- Homemade Apple Pie Filling
Apple Pie Bread Pudding
- 1 TBSP whole milk
- 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Cut the bread into small cubes. Place them in your greased baking pan or cast iron skillet.
- Whisk eggs, 1 tsp cinnamon, sugar, 1 tsp vanilla, milk, and cream together in a medium to large mixing bowl.
- Pour the egg mixture over the bread cubes and let sit for three-five minutes.
- Put the apple pie filling on top of the bread. Make sure that it is spread evenly so that every bite gets a taste of apple pie.
- Sprinkle some chopped walnuts over the top and bake for 50 minutes.
- At the end of bake-time, mix together the powdered sugar and milk to make the glaze.
- Add the remainder of the cinnamon and vanilla after the glaze has reached the desired consistency.
- Let the bread pudding cool and drizzle the glaze over the top. Enjoy your apple pie bread pudding topped with vanilla ice cream or with a scoop of homemade salted milk & honey ice cream!