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Apple Fig Bread Pudding with Maple Walnut Sauce

Maria considers her bread pudding — which she makes to use up stale bread — "somewhat of a Portuguese dish given that it's been born out of the judicious use of food." The recipe also calls for dried figs, a plentiful fruit in Portugal. "The maple syrup," says Maria, "gives it that extra bit of sweetness and decadence," and honours Canada, the country where she's lived most of her life.

By Adapted by The Canadian Living Test Kitchen

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  • Portion size 6

Ingredients

  • 16 slices 16slicesday old bread
  • 1/2 cup 1/2cupchopped dried figdried figs
  • 3 cups 3cupsmilk
  • 1/2 cup 1/2cupraw sugar, such as Demerara
  • 1/2 cup 1/2cupwhipping cream
  • 4 4eggeggs
  • 1 tsp 1tspcinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp 1/4tspnutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp 1/4tspsalt
  • 4 4cooking appleapples, such as Empire or Jonagold
  • 1/4 cup 1/4cupport wine

Maple Walnut sauce

  • 1 cup 1cupwalnutwalnuts
  • 1/2 cup 1/2cupmaple syrup
  • 1/4 cup 1/4cupraw sugar
  • 1 cup 1cupwhipping cream
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Preparation

Trim crusts off bread; cut into 1-inch (2.5 cm) cubes. Arrange in greased 12-inch (2.5 L) oval glass baking dish; sprinkle with figs.

In large bowl, whisk together milk, sugar, cream, eggs, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt ; pour over bread mixture and let stand for 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, peel, core and slice apples; arrangely evenly over bread mixture. Drizzle with port.

Bake in centre of 375°F (190°C) oven until puffed, golden and knife inserted in centre comes out clean, 45 to 60 minutes. Let stand for 10 minutes.

Maple Walnut Sauce: Meanwhile, in small saucepan, heat walnuts, maple syrup and sugar over medium heat until sugar is dissolved, about 3 minutes. Add cream; cook over medium-high heat, stirring constantly, until thickened enough to coat back of spoon, about 5 minutes. Serve with pudding.

Additional information :

Tip: Unpurified and unprocessed, raw sugar is similar in colour and flavour to brown sugar.

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