Easy Apple Pie bread pudding


This recipe is a great way to use that leftover bread, cake and of course fruitcake from the holidays! Anything will work as the “bread” base as long as it can absorb the egg mixture. 4 cups cubed bread 8 ounces cream cheese cut into pieces 2 cups chopped apples ( you can also substitute a few cranberries for a little kick of tart) 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon salt 6 eggs 4 cups milk 1/2 cup sugar 1/4 cup honey 1/4 cup melted butter 1 teaspoon vanilla Cinnamon and nutmeg (optional) Arrange 1/2 of the bread cubes in a lightly greased 9x13inch pan. Mix apples and/or berries with cinnamon and then spread them and the cream cheese pieces evenly over bread cubes and then top with remaining bread cubes. Whisk together eggs, milk, honey, sugar, butter, salt and vanilla. Pour over bread mixture in pan and press bread cubes to absorb egg mixture. Cover and chill 6 to 8 hours. Bake covered in preheated 350F oven for 30 to 35 minutes or until it begins to set. Sprinkle with cinnamon and nutmeg if desired and continue to bake uncovered an additional 30 minutes or until lightly browned and set. Enjoy warm or at room temperature- and it’s great with ice cream or whipped cream!