Crab Apple & Brown Butter Bread Pudding

by Kiran on November 29, 2012 · 21 comments

in Baking, bread, Desserts


Sounds dramatic on a weekday. Right? But I have a simple explanation for it.

We are finally visiting our families and friends back in Malaysia & India!!!!!!!!!!!

And my flight is next week!!!!!!!!!!


I’ve never over-used exclamation points that many — ever.

To kick-start the excitement of a long-awaited vacation, I wanted to share with you a recipe I made for Thanksgiving last week. We did not celebrate it ourselves, but I made it to celebrate with our friends who were so gracious to invite us for a feast!

There’s nothing better than cute little crab apples smothered in rich brown butter, baked into a bread pudding.

Just thinking about it makes me salivate. Mmmmm…

To top it all of, I’m feeling so exhausted!!!

I’ve been SOOOO busy testing, baking, cooking, styling and photographing upcoming recipes for you guys.

All the blood and sweat is gonna be worth it. It’s for you guys 🙂

So, if I’ve been slacking on visiting your blogs, replying to comments and emails — I hope this post would explain it all. It’s been crazy busy ever since we confirmed our travel plans. But I hope to wind down and return to normalcy soon.

And since I’m working so hard (triple the effort!) to continue bringing yummyness while I’d be away for 2 months (eeeep!) — I hope you’d continue to support my efforts.

I’m counting on your guys to keep this space – oh, how do I put it – Alive. I’d continue to blog and definitely return to normalcy in the commenting and email department as soon as my flight takes off from here next week.

Pinky promise 😉

Are you still with me?

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  • 1 medium challah bread, cubed
  • 12 crab apples (or 3 medium regular apples)
  • 2.5 cups pure organic apple juice, unfiltered
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tbsp agave nectar/honey/raw sugar
  • 1.5 cup coconut milk
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 1 tsp cardamom powder
  • 1/4 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


  1. Add apple juice in a saucepan. Bring it to boil on high heat until reduced to 1 cup. Keep stirring in between.
  2. Core and slice crab apples.
  3. Heat a large non-stick saute pan on medium. As soon as it’s really hot, add butter. Stir until butter browns. It should not take more than a minute.
  4. Once butter has “browned”, add sliced apples. Saute for at least 10 minutes. Apples should remain slightly crisp, but tender.
  5. Preheat oven to 375F. Lightly grease a 10″ rectangular baking dish with a non-stick baking spray.
  6. In a large bowl, add the rest of the wet ingredients. Stir until thoroughly combined. Continue stirring while adding slightly cooled reduced apple juice and warm brown buttered apples. Add cubed challah bread to soak in the batter.
  7. Immediately transfer bread pudding into the greased baking dish. Use your hands to gently press in the corners and center to level the bread pudding.
  8. Once the challah bread has soaked in all of the batter, transfer the baking dish on a baking sheet and into the oven to bake for 30 minutes or until top is golden.
  9. Serve at room temperature with some whipped cream.


Off to continue baking — chocolates is in my agenda today. Yay!!

On a side note, please expect more exclamation points in upcoming posts as well.

What’s on your cooking or baking agenda this week? Have a great weekday my friends <3


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1 Rosa November 29, 2012 at 10:05 AM

Divine pudding! This is a great autumn/winter treat.

I love the picture of the crab apples!



2 Ina gawne November 29, 2012 at 10:07 AM

Ohhh yummm I love bread pudding. Have a great holiday!

3 fabiola@notjustbaked November 29, 2012 at 1:30 PM

I am with you allll the way. I am so happy happy happy for you. Relish the time, enjoy yourself, and relax for a few. You deserve it lady! Safe travels, Happy Holidays!!!!!
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4 Kari@Loaves n Dishes November 29, 2012 at 2:16 PM

I happen to love exclamation points!!!!! There’s usually something fun or exciting that comes right before them.
The bread pudding is yummy looking, and the crab apples are super cute!
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5 Roxana | Roxana's Home Baking November 29, 2012 at 6:26 PM

Kiran I’m so happy and excited for you! I know how you feel, i can’t wait to go back home next year. Seems like an eternity until then 🙂
That braided challah looks great and the bread pudding is perfect for holidays. Thanks for sharing and have a safe flight home
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6 Kankana November 30, 2012 at 12:38 AM

Have fun in your trip and every body deserves to take some break and rest a while! 🙂
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7 Laura (Tutti Dolci) November 30, 2012 at 2:16 AM

You had me at brown butter! Love this bread pudding!
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8 Lubna Karim November 30, 2012 at 9:55 AM

Wow…that’s an lovely recipe….Pics are stunning…..Hope you have pleasant trip….have fun…..
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9 Sophie November 30, 2012 at 11:26 AM

Another must make of yours!!! Looks fabulous even!

10 Choc Chip Uru November 30, 2012 at 1:35 PM

Haha your excitement is rubbing off on me 😉
LOVE this recipe looks awesome!

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11 Charul @ Tadka Masala November 30, 2012 at 2:29 PM

keep aside the pudding we will talk about that later for now.. you are visiting India? I hope you are coming to Mumbai and we can meet. 🙂
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12 Reem | Simply Reem November 30, 2012 at 3:00 PM

Have a Fun and relaxing Trip…
Enjoy yourself…
B/W this recipe sounds wonderful, comforting and warming!!

13 Ashley - Baker by Nature November 30, 2012 at 9:51 PM

With you, girl! Have an amazing trip! xx
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14 Raymund December 2, 2012 at 2:44 AM

Thats the most beautiful bread pudding I ever saw, nice!
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15 honeywhatscooking December 2, 2012 at 3:05 AM

this looks so good, for a second I was like “crab” apples, like with crab?
I was intrigued.. but I’m glad there are no crabs. 🙂
looks so delicious!
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16 Kristi Rimkus December 2, 2012 at 11:53 AM

I’m happy for you! Have a wonderful visit and safe trip!
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17 cakewhiz December 2, 2012 at 3:29 PM

have fun on your trip! i just got back from visiting my family in canada and i was so excited! so, i know exactly how you are feeling 🙂

and your pudding looks superb. awesome photography as usual 😉

18 Suchi December 2, 2012 at 10:53 PM

What a stunner of a bread pudding! Love the idea of adding apples to it. Happy travelling. Right now I am also in India and loving it 🙂 Cheers, Suchi
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19 Julia | December 3, 2012 at 9:00 PM

Beautiful pudding! So, you’ll be in Malaysia/India for 2 months! I can imagine how excited you are! Have a great trip and fun times with your friends/family!
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20 Kitchen Belleicious December 4, 2012 at 8:34 AM

i am a huge fan of bread pudding and you would have thought I would have tried apple in it by now but I haven;t so I am so glad to see this recipe
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21 Jen L | Tartine and Apron Strings December 6, 2012 at 12:03 PM

I just love those lady apples / crab apples! And brown butter? You’ve got me! That hot cream on the pudding also looks soooooooo good!!!!!!!!!! (Exclamation point)! Have a good trip back home!

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