One of the great things about being a food blogger is the people you meet along your journey. I have made fast friends with Lorie Hutson from The Spokesman Review, our local paper and she has graciously added my recipes in the Food section many a time.
I recently had coffee with her to “catch up” and in passing she asked if I had any kind of easy brunch dish that would be perfect for Easter Sunday. I had just made a Sweet Potato Crusted Quiche, but figured I’d whip something else up that was more breakfast-y. Is that a word? Anyway, this recipe comes together quick and can be baked a head and reheated if necessary.
You can kick this bread pudding up a notch by tossing in chunks of diced apples, chocolate chips, raisins or dried cranberries…the possibilities are endless! I hope you enjoy it as much as we did. Check out all of the other great recipes that were in the recent food article here: Simplicity of Brunch.
A fast make-ahead Easter brunch dish.
- 2 cups applesauce
- 4 large eggs
- 1/2 cup brown sugar plus 2 tablespoons for the topping
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 1 cup whole milk
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 8 slices Texas Toast, cubed
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons milk
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9x13 baking dish with cooking spray. Set aside.
- In a large bowl add the applesauce. eggs, brown sugar, white sugar, milk and cinnamon. Whisk to combine. Add the bread cubes and toss lightly to coat. Allow to sit for a few minutes. Add to prepared baking dish and sprinkle the remaining 2 tablespoons of brown sugar over the top. Bake uncovered for 50-55 minutes, or until the center is set and the pudding has puffed. Remove from the oven and cool for a few minutes.
- To a small bowl add the powdered sugar, vanilla and milk and stir to combine. Drizzle over the warm bread pudding and serve immediately.