At the end of my particularly horrid and busy night/morning, I managed to whip up a quick, filling, comforting dessert out of whatever has been left from the job. When the house was clear and all that's left were stale, crusty ends of bread, leftover apple slices and a mound of dishes to clean, I got to work - cleaning is therapeutic, you guys - and to reward myself on a job done, I made a sweet, simple treat to relax with.
Ideally, you'd want to use Granny Smith apples so that they're a little tart but anything you have will do since this is after all, a leftover dish.
Apple Cinnamon Bread Pudding
6 cups bread, torn to small pieces
1 apple, sliced thin
2 tbsp (plus extra) unsalted butter
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
2 cups milk
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup caster sugar
dash Bourbon (optional)
Melt the butter in a pan and add the apples and brown sugar. Cook until the apples are tender and add the cinnamon.
Tear the bread into small pieces. In a large bowl, mix the eggs, milk, caster sugar, salt, vanilla and Bourbon.
Whoever said leftovers were a waste obviously never tried budget cooking/baking. You can do loads of stuff with what's left in the fridge. This Apple Cinnamon Bread Pudding hits the right spot of sweetness and custard-y goodness that makes it oh-so comforting. Also, this dish is really quick to make, which is great if you have surprise guests over. If this isn't indulgent enough for you, plate it with a drizzle of caramel and scoop of ice cream.
I imagine how great this would go with hot apple cider on a cool December night, but as little Manila is still unbelievably warm this close to Christmas, a tall glass of milk sounds better. Or eggnog if I decide to make some ever.