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Being Creative – Apple Pie Bread And Butter Pudding

I really respect all cookbook authors :) They are so creative to be able to think and create brand new recipes on their own ~ as I have said many times on the blog hehe I’m really just an amateur baker and still learning and doing many things for the first time. And sometimes fail even though I’ve followed the recipe, so it was a huge step for me when I decided to really step out of my comfort zone and really play around with my own adapted recipes hehe they’re not my own recipe because I get the basis of my recipe from the book, blog or magazine, but I have really tried putting some of my own thoughts into it.

So today, I present to you the Apple Pie Bread and Butter Pudding, I need to say a special thank you to Lianne (she’s amazing check out her blog) because I wouldn’t have been able to do it without her croissant bread and butter pudding recipe and the advice she gave me :)

You may be wondering, while apple pie and while bread and butter pudding? Well to be completely honest with you, I’m not really a big fan of bread and butter pudding, I simply never got it….but then lol at the start of the year when I went to the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in HK  and had their bread and butter pudding topped with their vanilla bean ice-cream, it totally changed my opinion of it hehe sooooo since then I’ve been meaning to make a bread and butter  pudding….but never really got the chance to because whenever I want to make it…. Mr Bao will finish all the bread before I could bake with it….or we don’t get the right bread….

Then finally, the other day we bought a loaf of raisin bread for breakfast, Mr Bao doesn’t really like sweet things for breakfast so we’ve been struggling to finish it…YAY finally! STALE BREAD hahha i don’t think I’ve been so excited about stale bread in my life, and it’s the perfect type to make bread and butter pudding with!

So I immediately had a look at the recipes only and got the gist of it, and found that most recipes added chocolate chips or raisins to their pudding, even though I had these at home…I wanted something different, then that’s when I remembered I still had apple pie filling from the other day when I made Apple Pie cucpakes :) I need to tweek that recipe before I blog about it hehe ~

I was then frantically looking for a recipe that I could base my apple pie bread and butter pudding on…then Lianne came to the rescue :D she said she’d blogged a recipe before, so I quickly jumped onto her blog and found it was the perfect basis for my recipe! I was a little nervous, because I wasn’t adding any raisins or chocolate chip and adding apple pie filling instead.

The finished product? Better than I expected ~ it had the right buttery and fudgy pudding texture, had a rich creamy vanilla flavour then with apple pie pieces all through it! YUM! Only thing I would change is ADD some brown sugar, because I found it to be a little bland, but there is nothing ice-cream or honey or maple syrup can’t fix hehe

Recipe – Apple Pie Bread and Butter adapted from Food Made With Love

Yield - 6 to 8 servings

Ingredients 
6 Slices of Raisin Bread
1 cup of Apple Pie Filling (Homemade or Can)
20 grams Unsalted Butter
300ml Thickened Cream
50ml Milk
1 Egg
3 Egg yolks
1tsp Vanilla Paste
50grams Sugar (I forgot :( )

Method
1) Preheat your oven to 180°C or 350°F
2) Grease your oven safe dish, use your hands, roughly tear the slices of bread and put them into the dish (I used a small square one) 


3) Dice butter into small cubes and place sparingly between the bread slices. Sprinkle apple pie filling over bread slices.

4) To make the custard to pour over the bread, mix/whisk the thickened cream, milk and vanilla paste. In a separate bowl, beat the egg, egg yolks and sugar until well combined, pour mixture into the cream mixture and mix well.


5)  Pour custard over the bread slices and let it rest for 10 minutes to absorb the custard.

6) Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Sprinkle icing sugar all over the top.
7) Serve with honey/maple syrup or ice-cream.

Apple Pie Filling Recipe adapted from Taste.com

Yield – 2 cups depending on the size of your apples

Ingredients 
1.5kg (8 to 10)Granny Smith apples, peeled and diced
2 Teaspoon Lemon Juice
60grams (1/4 cup) Caster Sugar
1/4 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
50 ml water

Method
1) Toss apples in lemon juice to avoid turning brown.
2) Place apples, water, caster sugar and cinnamon into a saucepan and cook on a medium-low heat until tender (approximately 5 to 8 minutes)
3) Drain and ready to use.

Hope you liked my little creation :) I still have so much to learn about creating my own recipes but its sure fun! Thanks again Lianne ~

Sugar High – Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory

Thank you to everyone for the warm welcome :) Even though I miss NYC  it’s lovely to be back and continue blogging! I was getting an itch and wanted to blog so much when I was there ~

Now to my second post, once again I was really torn between all the fabulous places we visited and I know Mr Bao isn’t going to agree with this, but I decided to my second post will be about the AMAZING caramel apple I bought at – Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory in the Jersey Garden Outlets. Very briefly Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory is an all American and old-fashioned candy and chocolate store with locations all around America :) good news for those who aren’t in New York ~

Conveniently located near the entrance :)

We got to the Jersey Garden Outlet pretty early, at around 10:15am (they opened at 10am), we didn’t want to waste any shopping time ~ But Rocky Mountain wasn’t open then, so we did our shopping and just before we were going to leave…I quickly dashed into the store to check it out and that was probably one of the best decisions I made throughout the whole trip.

Why? Well prepare yourself! Because I am now going to take you to my heaven :)

Variety of candy and caramel apples!

Sorry if that sounds a little exaggerated, but I’m still reminiscing over the candy apples! Just look at them! All the different types of candy and caramel apples you can think of! There was one covered in mini M&Ms, a Rocky Road one and even an Apple Pie candy apple!

S'mores Caramel Apple $6.95USD

I regret not trying this caramel apple :( just in case you can’t read the description – this was a Granny Smith apple dipped in caramel , then rolled in white confection (I assume icing sugar) then rolled in chocolate chips, mini marshmallows then finished with graham crackers. My mouth is watering SO SO SO badly right now!

Ultimate Apple $6.95USD and Candy Apple $3USD

We were all pretty tired from shopping so I quickly asked the shop assistant (who wasn’t very nice) what their signature apple was and she suggested that ‘Ultimate Apple’ oh boy it was so delectable! It’s basically a Granny Smith apple dipped in caramel sauce, rolled in crushed pecans, then rolled in crushed Oreos and finished off with icing sugar drizzled all over it! It was one of the most PLEASURABLE things I have eaten in such a long time!

I know most of you must think this is sickeningly sweet… but honestly it wasn’t that bad because the tartness of the Granny Smith really balanced it out ~ but then…don’t take my word for it I’m immune to sugar ~

WARNING - Very hard to bite into it ~

I also got the traditional candy apple, be warned though the toffee was really hard and it took me a good minute or two to bite into it :) It was much easier to eat the Ultimate apple because the caramel dipping was still soft when I ate it.

Mr Bao didn’t even try the Ultimate! He said it just too sweet and that it made him sick just looking and thinking about the caramel sauce hahaha

They also have an array of chocolate, barks, chocolate dipped marshmallows in their cabinets ~

Chocolate cabinet

I bought Mr Bao a dark chocolate dipped marshmallow, but unfortunately he said there wasn’t anything special to it. Doesn’t matter, as long as I have my Ultimate Apple I’m happy :) I went a little crazy and had the candy apple for breakfast, hence, I was on a sugar high all day long ~

I very politely demand you find a Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory when you go to America next time! You’ll be in heaven like me! And for anyone going to New York definitely go to the Jersey Garden outlets! Mr Bao and I shopped so much, everything was on sale and a bargain to buy!

Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory
Jersey Gardens
651 Kapkowski Road
Elizabeth, NJ 07201
Ph: +1 (908) 352-2460 

For other locations please visit their website.

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