This was one of the few Tuesdays with Dorie recipes that I was tempted to skip. I'm not a huge fan of bread puddings. They're usually too eggy and soggy. They remind me of a sponge cake that's been left out in the rain (isn't that from a song too?) I'm glad I didn't pass this one up! It reminds me of multi-layered French toast with apples. It wasn't as runny as most bread puddings, but it was far from being dry. I liked the way the semi-firm apples played into the soft texture of the custard-soaked bread. Since the apples were cooked in sugar and butter, they had a delicate caramel flavour which hit you right at the end of the bite. To get a more breakfasty vibe from this, I added some maple syrup and warmed it up for a few seconds in the microwave. I didn't post any pictures of this variation because it's difficult to make syrup look attractive through the lens of a point and shoot. Trust me, you really don't want to see them.
Thank you Elizebeth, for hosting this weeks Tuesdays with Dorie. For the complete recipe, please visit Elizebeth's site, Cake or Death? She is a fabulous pastry chef and there are some gorgeous cakes on her blog! And don't forget to visit the other TWD bakers too.
*edit* Does anyone happen to know anything about Dutch Harbor, Alaska? If you have a minute or two, please click here. It's a bit of a lengthy post but there might be some free food involved. :)