Apple Walnut Breakfast Bread Pudding

On New Years morning I plan on staying in my pajamas, sipping coffee and eating something delicious, without lifting a finger. No cooking or dishes on New Years morning. Instead I will relax, give thanks and welcome in the New Year with a scrumptious make ahead bread pudding. 

Apple and Walnut Breakfast Bread Pudding

2 tablespoons butter for greasing pan

1 loaf french bread
2 apples - peeled, cored and cubed
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1 1/2 cups organic sugar
6 eggs - lightly beaten
1 teaspoon cinnamon
4 cups milk
1 cup half and half
2 tablespoons vanilla extract

Melt butter and brush the bottom and sides of a 9 x 13 inch pan. Cover the bottom with cubes of french bread. Sprinkle top with apple cubes and walnuts. In a medium bowl, combine sugar, eggs, cinnamon, milk, half and half and vanilla, whisk to blend. Pour the mixture over the casserole and press down so all of the bread is covered. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight. 

The next day, bring casserole pan back to room temperature. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cover pan with foil and bake covered for 45 minutes. Uncover and allow the top to brown for a few minutes. 

Serve with a side of maple syrup and a dollop of whipped cream. Yummy.


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