Quick Italian Dessert : Apple Pandoro Bread Pudding Recipe

What I love most about Italian dishes is the fresh ingredients you can find in most pantries and of course the simplicity. Most recipes can be whipped up in a matter of minutes even though they taste like you slaved away in the kitchen for hours.  This recipe by Celebrity Chef Luca Manfè  who is the first male (and non-American) to win the title of MasterChef USA.

Apple Pandoro Bread Pudding Recipe
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Apple Pandoro Bread Pudding Recipe


    Pandoro Bread Pudding-
  • 2 cups (500g) Pandoro - diced in ½ in cubes
  • 4 cups (950g) gala or pink lady apples – peeled and diced in ½ cubes
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 1 vanilla bean, scraped
  • ½ cup (?) + 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon powder
  • 1 cup cream
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tbsp dark rum
  • Mulled wine sauce-
  • 2 ½ cups red wine
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 4 cloves
  • ½ vanilla bean, scraped but save the pod
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 bay leaf
  • ½ apple, with no core
  • Apple chips-
  • 1 apple, thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp sugar


  1. Place the diced Pandoro in a baking tray and bake for 10 minutes at 350 F, until nice and crispy.
  2. Peel and dice the apples. Add the apples to a pan with butter, 1 scraped vanilla bean, 2 tbsp of sugar, and 1 tbsp cinnamon powder. Cook for 5 minutes on high heat, until butter and sugar melts.
  3. Pre-heat the oven to 350 F.
  4. Put the diced Pandoro into a baking dish (9x9”) together with the apple mixture.
  5. In a saucepan bring 1 cup of milk and 1 cup of cream to simmer.
  6. In a bowl whisk the 2 eggs with ¼ cup of sugar and 1 tbsp of dark rum.
  7. Whisk the hot milk-cream-mixture into the eggs, until the bowl gets warm (make sure to be constantly whisking).
  8. Pour the prepared mixture on top of the apples and the Pandoro cubes. Let the liquid soak for at least 30 minutes, stirring a couple of times.
  9. Now bake for 40 minutes until custard is set.
  10. Mulled Wine Sauce:
  11. Pour all ingredients above into a sauce pan. Bring everything to boil and reduce mixture in half.
  12. For a large serving, simply add some water and cornstarch - otherwise you would need too much wine and time to reach the right consistency.
  13. Apple chips: Slice apples with a mandolin and lay them on a baking tray lined with parchment paper.
  14. Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar and bake at 275 F for 60 minutes or until crispy.
  15. Plating: Serve in a 2.5” ring mold, garnish with a scoop of gelato, apple chip and finish with the sauce.

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