Are you a bread pudding person?
Surprisingly, I am. I’m super picky about soggy bread, so it was kind of surprising to me that I love bread pudding as much as I do, but it’s honestly one of my favorites. It’s not one of those desserts you have often though, is it? Kind of weird because bread pudding is so easy to make, but you never see anyone showing up at a potluck with a big ol’ bread pudding.
Can I just say though, that someone should? And by someone, I mean a person that comes to any potluck I attend. And by bring it to the potluck, I actually mean bring it to my HOUSE before the potluck starts so I can have it all to myself.
This particular bread pudding is extra special for a couple of reasons. First off, it’s amazing. Seriously the MOST amazing bread pudding of my life. French bread, cinnamon, and apples all nestled together and covered in buttery caramel sauce. Hello, new best friend. I think we can all agree that human best friends are entirely overrated, correct?
But the MAIN reason this bread pudding is so special is because it’s a great way of drawing your attention to a new campaign from The Pampered Chef called Round Up from the Heart. Round Up from the Heart is an initiative that focuses on America’s hungry — according to Feeding American, 1 in 6 Americans face hunger. And because there is no excuse for so many of our brothers and sisters to starve when we live in a country full of such abundance, The Pampered Chef is giving you some great opportunities to give back!
Since it’s beginning in 1991, Round Up from the Heart has raised 24 million dollars for Feeding America, simply by encouraging shoppers to round up their total order price to the nearest dollar amount (or more, if they so wish). This year, you can also contribute by purchasing Round Up from the Heart Nourish Soup Bowls. $2 from every Nourish Soup Bowl purchase goes right to Feeding America.
As we head towards the holidays and the height of baking season, it is my sincere wish that you will consider purchasing gifts and your own baking necessities from The Pampered Chef and while you’re at it, making a contribution to the Round Up from the Heart Campaign. 100% of your contribution will benefit your local member of the Feeding America network to help those in need in YOUR OWN COMMUNITY. When we live in homes where eating is something we do mindlessly, where we stand in front of an open fridge full of SO many things to eat we can’t even decide, it can be hard to imagine that so many hungry people live in America.
But they do. I personally went through a time as a teenager, when a drastic change in our family resulted in a huge and immediate decline in income. Food was extremely scarce, and sometimes even nonexistent. There are kids every day who are relying on free school breakfasts and lunches to give them nourishment enough to last until the next day. So when I say that hunger is a cause that is close to my heart, I 100% mean it.
And to thank you for just being amazing people, and taking the time to learn about the Round Up from the Heart Campaign, I have teamed up with The Pampered Chef to give you a pretty fabulous set of Pampered Chef products!
One of you will win:
Set of 4 Nourish Soup Bowls
RETAIL VALUE: $198
I used the Rockcrock Dutch Oven to make the Caramel Apple Bread Pudding — it’s amazing! I made the sauce in it, then added the other ingredients and popped the whole thing right in the oven. The glazed ceramic stands up to temperatures of 752 F, browns food perfectly evenly, and resists thermal shock. It can go straight from the oven to the fridge if you need it to! This dutch oven will definitely be used over and over this Fall!
Here’s the recipe for the Caramel Apple Bread Pudding, and be sure to read below for instructions for entering to win!
- 4 cups French bread cubes
- 2 cups peeled and diced Granny Smith apples
- 1 cup light brown sugar
- 1 3/4 cups whole milk
- 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) salted butter
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 large eggs, beaten
- Caramel Sauce:
- 1/3 cup water
- 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
- 2 Tablespoons salted butter
- 1 1/4 cups heavy cream
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Place your brown sugar, milk, and butter in your Rockcrock Dutch Oven on the stove over medium heat. Cook and stir until the butter is melted. Remove from heat. Add your bread and apples and stir to coat. In a small bowl, whisk together cinnamon, cloves, eggs, and vanilla. Pour evenly over bread mixture.
- Bake for about 40 minutes, until pudding is browned, set, and apples are tender.
- While bread pudding is baking, prepare caramel sauce: Bring your water, sugar, and butter to a simmer in a saucepan over medium heat. Cook and stir until mixture is dark golden brown, about 10 minutes. Carefully pour the cream into the sugar mixture, in a slow, steady stream. It will bubble up and the sugar will seem to form a big clump. Just keep stirring and eventually it will become smooth. Continue cooking and stirring for about 10 minutes, until mixture is smooth and has thickened a bit. Set aside to cool -- it will thicken as it cools, so don't worry if it seems too thin at first!
- Pour caramel sauce generously over bowls of bread pudding and enjoy.
Bread Pudding and Caramel Sauce adapted from Allrecipes.
To enter to win this amazing set from Pampered Chef, leave a comment telling me what item from The Pampered Chef is on your wishlist. There are plenty of great things to choose from, so take a peek at the site and let me know!!
This giveaway is open to US Residents only. Items cannot be shipped to P.O. Boxes. I will draw a winner at random on Monday, Sept 15th and contact the winner via email.
Enjoy, friends! Thanks for reading!
**This post is sponsored by The Pampered Chef. Occasional sponsored posts make running my website financially possible. I am SO grateful for the opportunity to work for fabulous brands that I believe in, as well as share those brands with you. I was compensated for the recipe portion of this post, however, all thoughts and opinions are my own. Always are, always will be.