Apple Turnover Bread Pudding with Maple Cream Sauce

Try this rustic and comforting take on seasonal ingredients like apples and maple syrup.
By Natasha Steinberg
Apple Turnover Bread Pudding with Maple Cream Sauce

Apple Turnover Bread Pudding with Maple Cream Sauce
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Try this rustic and comforting take on seasonal ingredients like apples and maple syrup.
Recipe Type: Dessert
For Apple Turnover Bread Pudding
  • 120 ml (1/2 cup) apple cider
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 tsp whole allspice berries
  • 2 whole cloves
  • 100 g (1 cup) dried apples, roughly chopped
  • 28 g (2 Tbsp.) butter
  • 2 Rome, Gala, or Fuji apples, peeled, cored, and cut into large chunks
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon, divided
  • 480 ml (2 cups) half-and-half
  • 5 egg yolks
  • 130 g (2/3 cup packed) dark brown sugar
  • 60 ml (1/4 cup) pure maple syrup
  • 1 Tbsp. pure vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp. ground cloves
  • ⅛ tsp. cardamom
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 455 g (1 lb) brioche (stale or toasted), chopped in large dice
For Maple Cream Sauce
  • 120 ml (1/2 cup) pure maple syrup
  • 42 g (3 Tbsp.) butter
  • 120 ml (1/2 cup) heavy cream
  • ⅛ tsp. ground cloves pinch cardamom
  1. In a small saucepan set over low heat, combine cider, cinnamon stick, allspice berries, and whole cloves and bring to a simmer. Continue simmering for a few minutes then remove from heat and let stand 5-10 minutes. Strain cider to remove spices and combine with dried apples in a small bowl. Let soak for 45 minutes.
  2. Heat oven to 325 degrees F and position rack in the middle of the oven. Grease a 2-quart baking dish and set aside.
  3. Sprinkle ½ tsp. ground cinnamon over apples and toss to distribute. Heat butter in a large pan over medium-high heat. When foaming subsides, add apples and cook until slightly golden and just beginning to soften, about 5 minutes.
  4. In a medium bowl, whisk together half-and-half, yolks, brown sugar, syrup, vanilla, ½ tsp. ground cinnamon, ground cloves, cardamom, and salt until smooth. (Feel free to adjust the spices to taste.)
  5. Place bread, cooked apples, and soaked apples (including any additional liquid) in a large bowl and toss. Pour half-and-half mixture over the bread mixture and toss until bread is evenly coated. Let soak for 15 minutes, tossing one more time in between. Transfer to prepared baking dish.
  6. In a small saucepan, combine the syrup and butter and bring to a boil. Continue cooking until slightly thickened. Carefully whisk in the cream and cook until it just comes to a boil. Stir in the ground cloves and cardamom. (Again, feel free to adjust the spices to taste.)
  7. Pour 60 ml (1/4 cup) evenly overtop the bread pudding. Reserve the remaining sauce to use when serving the bread pudding.
  8. Bake the bread pudding for 45-50 minutes, until the top is golden and toasted and the custard is set. Let cool 5 minutes before serving.
  9. Garnish with Maple Cream Sauce and Spiced Apple Cider Caramel Sauce.
  10. Bread pudding can be assembled one day ahead and stored in the refrigerator. After baked, it will keep covered in the refrigerator for a couple of days.

Natasha Steinberg

Natasha is a love-and-matriarch-taught maker of sweet things. She is passionate about using local and seasonal ingredients and making simple, satisfying sweets that make even the least of sweet tooths swoon. Although she is a native Texan, she currently resides in Atlanta where she is finishing up law school and documenting her sweet adventures through photos, recipes, and stories on her blog at

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