Apple Bread Pudding

This delightful bread pudding is equally good at brunch as it is for dessert!

1 tablespoon butter
6 cups ½-inch-cubed Challah bread (about half a 15-ounce loaf)
3 medium apples, peeled, cored and diced
6 eggs
1½ cups cream
1½ cups milk
2 tablespoons honey
1½ teaspoons vanilla extract
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
Powdered sugar, for dusting

1. Preheat the oven to 375°. Butter a 2-quart baking dish. Toss the cubed bread and apples in a large bowl, and then arrange them evenly in the dish.

2. In a medium bowl, mix together the eggs, cream, milk, honey, vanilla, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. Pour the liquid mixture over the bread and apples. Refrigerate for about 2 hours.

3. Put the baking dish in a larger metal roasting pan. Pour hot water into the roasting pan until it comes about 1 inch up the side of the baking dish. Bake until the pudding is firm and the top is golden brown, about 1 1/2 hours. Cool slightly, dust with powdered sugar and serve.

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