Herbal Recipes for a Holiday Feast: Caramelized Apple and Pear Bread Pudding with Fresh Mint

Serve this delicious caramely bread budding for dessert this holiday season.

| December/January 1994

Serves 8 to 10 

Bread pudding says “home”, and this one, enriched with caramel and lifted with the surprise of fresh mint, says “celebrate”. Don’t be daunted by all the steps; almost everything can be done ahead, with assembly early on the day of the feast. The caramel sauces will keep in the refrigerator almost indefinitely.


• 5 cups heavy cream
• 1 vanilla bean
• 5 large eggs
• 4 tablespoons sugar
• 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
• 1 1/2 teaspoons freshly grated nutmeg
• Pinch of salt

1. Scald the cream with the vanilla bean.

2. Remove the bean, split it with a knife, and scrape the seeds into the cream, saving the rest of the bean for another use.

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