I created this recipe from leftover honey cake. Moist and rich, this “bread” pudding is not overly sweet and can be served warm with vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, or—my favorite—spiked butterscotch sauce.
- Butter a 13" x 9" glass pan. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
- Cut the honey cake into 3⁄4-inch cubes. Place in a 4-quart bowl. Set aside.
- Peel, core, and slice the apples into 1⁄8 pieces, cutting each piece crosswise into 3 or 4 chunks.
- Heat a 10-inch skillet for 15 seconds. Add the butter and melt. Sauté the apples in the butter over medium-high heat for about 3 minutes, until the apples give up some of their juice.
- Mix in the sugar and cinnamon. Sauté for about 2 more minutes, until the sugar dissolves and the apples begin to brown and soften. Remove from the heat and set aside.
- In a 2-quart bowl, lightly beat the eggs. Thoroughly whisk in the brown sugar and vanilla. Pour in the cream and milk, whisking to combine.
- Place half of the honey cubes in the prepared pan. Cover with the reserved apples and the remaining cake cubes.
- Pour the egg/milk mixture through a sieve directly over the surface of the honey cake. Lightly press down on the cake, making sure it’s covered with the custard.
- Place the filled pan in a larger glass pan to act like a double boiler. The larger pan should have at least 1 inch of space on all sides. Pour hot (but not boiling) water into the larger pan to a depth of 1 inch.
- Bake in the preheated oven for 45 minutes or until a sharp thin knife can be inserted into the center of the pudding and come out wet but clear. Serve warm, with the butterscotch sauce on the side.
- In a medium saucepan set at high heat, combine the sugar, syrup, and butter. Stir only until the butter has melted and the mixture comes to a full boil.
- Adjust the heat to medium high and rapidly boil, without stirring, for 1 minute. Remove the mixture from the heat.
- Combine the milk and vanilla and add to the pan. Stir only to combine. Add Scotch or rum (if using), then pour into a glass jar. Use immediately or refrigerate. If some of the sauce has separated, shake the jar to recombine. This sauce is wonderful warm or cold.
- Consider using evaporated milk in your sauces; it gives you the smooth consistency of cream and doesn’t curdle easily.