Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. I started by letting a loaf of tasty bread get a little stale, and then I cubed it up. I forget what kind it was, something I picked up at Wegmans last week. Throw it in a large bowl, and mix all of your wet ingredients together. I used two eggs, 2 cups of heavy cream (you could do milk, I think, but come on, this is dessert, people!) a tsp. of vanilla, a pinch of salt, and a shake or two of cinnamon. Then pour it over the bread, mix it together, and set it aside and let it meld for like 10-15 minutes.
While you are waiting, peel, core, and chop up an apple. Then mix it into your bread mixture, and pour it into either a baking dish, or I like to use my cast iron pot. (Thanks, Beth!) Bake it in the oven with a lid or covered for about 30 minutes, and then another 10-20 without the lid to crisp up the top.
As it's baking, you can make your caramel. Now, I will totally admit that the only reason I attempted to make my own caramel was because I just think it is so darn delicious that it was worth a go. So craving beat intimidation, and I now know it's really not that difficult. It's a little like Risotto (a big time favorite of mine) in that, you just can't walk away.
|Add the sugar|
|Stir until it is dissolved|
When it looks like the picture to the right, you are going to add a 1/2 cup of heavy cream slowly to your sugar. It is going to bubble up, but just stir it in, and then turn off the heat.
|removed from the heat|
Ok, now take your dish out of the oven, spoon some bread pudding into a bowl with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, and drizzle the caramel sauce over top. This dessert is SO yummy! Enjoy!