Apple bread-and-butter pudding - country living

Yield: 10 servings

Measure Ingredient
5½ cup Cored, peeled, and thinly sliced Rome apples (about 4 large apples)
1 tablespoon Finely grated lemon rind
1 tablespoon Lemon juice
3 tablespoons Sugar
1 teaspoon Ground cinnamon
1 cup Apple juice
1 tablespoon Cornstarch
1 tablespoon Calvados (opt.)
5 tablespoons Maple syrup
3 tablespoons Butter
1 small Loaf French bread, cut into thin slices
\N \N Heavy cream or vanilla ice cream (opt.)

1. Heat oven to 350'F. Grease a 10½- by 6 ½-inch baking dish. In large bowl, combine the apples, lemon rind, and juice; set aside. In small bowl, combine sugar and cinnamon. Set aside.

2. In small saucepan, combine apple juice and cornstarch. Heat to boiling over medium heat and cook, stirring constantly, until thickened.

3. Spoon half of apple mixture into baking dish and sprinkle 1 T cin- namon sugar over top; repeat with remaining apples and another T cinnamon sugar. Pour thickened applejuice mixture over top. If desired, sprinkle with Calvados.

4. In small saucepan, heat syrup and butter until melted over low heat; stir to combine, then remove from heat. With pastry brush, coat one side of bread slices with syrup mixture. Overlap bread slices, dry side down, in baking dish to cover apples. Place any remaining brushed bread slices on top of first layer to fill all gaps. (No apples should be visible underneath.) Sprinkle remaining cinnamon sugar over top of bread slices. 5. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until apples are tender and bread is darkly toasted. Serve immediately with heavy cream or ice cream, if desired.

Nutritional information per serving without heavy cream or ice crea@protein: 3 grams; fat: 5 grams; carbohydrate, 43 grams; fiber- 2 grams; sodium: 238 milligrams; cholesterol: 9 milligrams; calories: 230.

Country Living/April/93 Scanned & fixed by DP & GG

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