BREAD PUDDING WITH CHEESE AND APPLES
cheese in this recipe melts into the pudding and contributes
oven to 350°F.
Active time: 45 min Start to finish: 2 hr
3 cups water
1/2 cup fresh orange juice
3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
1 tablespoon mild molasses
1 (4- by 1-inch) strip fresh lemon zest
1 (4- by 1-inch) strip fresh orange zest
2 whole cloves
1/2 stick (1/4 cup) unsalted butter
12 slices firm cinnamon-raisin sandwich bread
3 Golden Delicious apples (1 1/2 lb)
8 oz Monterey Jack cheese, coarsely grated (2 cups)
3 tablespoons pine nuts, lightly toasted
water, orange juice, brown sugar, molasses, zests, and cloves
to a boil in a 2-quart saucepan,
stirring until sugar is dissolved.
Reduce heat and
simmer syrup, uncovered, 20 minutes, then discard
zests and cloves.
syrup simmers, heat 1 tablespoon butter in a 12-inch nonstick
skillet over moderate heat until
foam subsides, then brown bread slices on both
sides in 3 batches, adding 1 tablespoon butter
and coarsely grate apples. Arrange 4 bread slices in 1 layer
in a buttered 2-quart shallow baking
Top with one third of apples, cheese, and
Repeat layering twice with remaining
bread, apples, cheese, and pine nuts.
evenly over top and dot with remaining tablespoon
butter, cut into bits.
pudding in middle of oven until puffed and golden brown, about
40 minutes. Serve warm.