It’s Fall. It’s time for cool cozy recipes, and recipes with apples and pumpkin included. It’s almost Halloween. AND only 3 months left to Christmas shopping…….ahhhhhhh!!!!
Well let’s start working on three of those declarations. Today I decided to bring back a recipe from the vault, it was that delicious. Since I am just getting back in the swing of things after my fun vacation, sharing a recipe from the vault seemed appropriate. PLUS, after my fun trip to my family’s apple barn, I had to share the sweet treats I picked up. I will share more on the apple barn in coming posts. My Uncle shared his cider-making process, and then hubby and I devoured cider and cider slushies! YES, I said cider slushies!
I loved that Kitchen Riffs really got us in the Fall mood with his cozy, gorgeous Black Eyed Peas and Cabbage Soup! Thank you Kitchen Riffs for your wonderful guest post!
Growing up with an apple barn right next to my home, and my family owns it…..well let’s just say every holiday gathering ROCKED! So let’s have an apple party to kick off this Fall season!
No, No, I did not make any of those treats. BUT my family did, does that count? I think I figured out why I have a doughnut addiction. I really do have a doughnut addiction. It is so bad, I stopped eating them a few years back. I made an exception this week, cider doughnuts are a REALLY positive exception…..OH MY YUM! They used to make blueberry doughnuts that rocked my world…..hence my doughnut addiction……
Our last day of the vacation up by my families house, we took a trip to Leaman’s Green Applebarn. It had been years since I had been there…..AND my hubby had never been there. My hubby and I have been married for 15 years, and together for 18 years. We moved to Tucson, Arizona a year after we were together. He shared with me that he had never actually been to the apple barn…..my jaw dropped! After all these years, and delicious treats devoured, AND he had never enjoyed my childhood fun. Well we fixed that problem straight away, AND he had fun!!!! They have added a petting zoo, play area for kids, face painting, hay rides, and so much more!
Before I left my Uncle said I needed to take a special caramel apple…..he said he double-dipped our apple! My mom always tells me when she has a double dipped Granny Smith apple from my Uncle. For years I was jealous when she would share about her delicious apple. Now I finally had my own, BONUS!
……there was serious caramel love going on!
Since I have a serious love for apples that goes back many years, apple treats pretty much make my day AMAZING! Last year I finally learned how to make bread pudding, a delicious Southern dessert. To shake up my bread pudding a bit, I added diced apples. If you have never had bread pudding…..you are missing out! The common recipe is with cinnamon and raisins, very simple, yet truly delicious. Diced apples, give another dimension to the bread pudding recipe!
Note: I did make this a year ago, so the pictures, in my eyes, are just okay. BUT the bread pudding does look pretty delicious, I may need to make more now!
Warm Southern dessert with an apple twist!
25 mins Prep Time
40 mins Cook Time
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Grease small casserole dish, or you could use a square pan.
In sauce pan, saute’ diced apples with butter, cinnamon, nutmeg, and brown sugar, until softened. Reserve 1/4 cup of uncooked diced apples for later, and finely dice.
In medium bowl, whisk together milk, eggs, and vanilla. Then add in craisins and mix well. Add in bread, let bread soak for about one to two minutes. Mix in sauteed apples, then add bread mixture into greased casserole dish. Bake for 35-45 minutes depending on oven. The bread will start to puff up and have a golden brown top.
In small sauce pan, mix together honey and finely diced apples on medium low heat for about 2 minutes.
Top bread pudding with small amount of granola, and honey apple mixture.
Note – If you really love cinnamon, you could totally add more. Also, after eating the yummy treat, I decided I would mix in more honey. The honey really brings all the flavors together!
Probably serves about 10-12.
Welcome to Fall!!!! Since I lived in the desert for so long, I actually look forward to cool weather, AND love snow! So this time of the year makes me sooooo happy, I look forward to reading-devouring-baking-cooking-and enjoying wonderful fall recipes!
Have you made bread pudding before?
What is your favorite apple treat to make?