Savory Apple Cheddar Bread Pudding

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Savory apple cheddar bread pudding is a wonderful dish to make for your next brunch gathering.

Apple cheddar bread pudding is a wonderful dish to make for your next brunch gathering.

Apples are one of the fruits that instantly connects most people to the change in seasons. We all have wistful memories of changing leaves, apple picking, and warm cups of cider, regardless of whether we’ve actually enjoyed those autumnal traditions.

While most of us are used to having apples available every moment of the year, I’m one of those people who ramps up the apple consumption in fall. Some varieties of apple, like the Honeycrisp, are really only available right now, which means we go cuckoo when we spy them on sale. But hey, an apple a day keeps the doctor away, right? So extra apples just means we’re super extra healthy.

I tend to add apples to sweet recipes, like my super-easy Apple Tartlets, but apples work equally well in savory recipes. One of my son’s favorite dishes is apples, cabbage, and pork, and partly due to my Wisconsin upbringing I tend to combine apples with cheese.

Cheddar crumble apple pie is a favorite dish, but I wanted to make something that was even more savory and even easier to whip up. Bread pudding is a perfect solution for both. Because you mix it up hours in advance (even the night before) you won’t need to be rushing around to get this savory apple cheddar bread pudding together. To give it even more of a savory flavor, I used freeze-dried thyme for some herbal notes.

It makes for a really lovely brunch dish, especially if you’re tired of the same-old sweet puddings.

Apple cheddar bread pudding is a great dish for brunch or entertaining.

My savory apple cheddar bread pudding is part of this month’s Progressive Eats!

This month’s theme is all about Apples and is hosted by Liz Berg who blogs at That Skinny Chick Can Bake. With Autumn’s arrival, it’s the perfect time to start using fall’s harvest in our menus. We have some great ideas this month to use apples in all sorts of dishes, from Appetizers to Dessert.

If you’re unfamiliar with the concept, a progressive dinner involves going from house to house, enjoying a different course at each location. With Progressive Eats, a theme is chosen each month, members share recipes suitable for a delicious meal or party, and you can hop from blog to blog to check them out.

We have a core group of 12 bloggers, but we will always need substitutes and if there is enough interest would consider additional groups. To see our upcoming themes and how you can participate, please check out the schedule at Creative Culinary or contact Barb for more information.

Apple Recipes

Savory Dishes:

Sweet Dishes:

Apple Cheddar Bread Pudding makes for a really lovely brunch dish, especially if you're tired of the same-old sweet puddings.

Aged cheddar adds great savory flavor with a mild sweet note. For this recipe I used Kerrygold’s Aged Cheddar with Irish Whiskey, but you can use your favorite cheddar. Sharp cheddar is a great complement to apple!

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Apple Cheddar Bread Pudding

Savory Apple Cheddar Bread Pudding

Savory apple cheddar bread pudding is a wonderful dish to make for your next brunch gathering.
4.50 from 6 votes
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Prep Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 4 hours
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 12 servings
Calories 187 kcal


  • 6 cups cubed French bread
  • 2 cups diced apple
  • 4 ounces cheddar, crumbled or shredded
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 1/4 cup half-and-half
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon fresh or freeze-dried thyme


  • In a 2-quart baking dish, combine bread, apple, and cheese.
  • In a bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, half-and-half, maple syrup, salt, and thyme, beating until frothy. Pour over bread and stir a bit to ensure even coverage.
  • Cover with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours, or overnight.
  • When ready to bake, preheat oven to 375°F and remove pudding from the refrigerator to bring up to room temperature.
  • Bake for 1 hour 30 minutes, until nicely browned on top. It will puff up while baking but deflate as it cools. Serve warm.


Calories: 187 kcalCarbohydrates: 20 gProtein: 8 gFat: 8 gSaturated Fat: 4 gCholesterol: 82 mgSodium: 287 mgFiber: 1 gSugar: 7 g

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  1. Savory apple bread pudding – what a great idea! Like you, I associate apples with cooler weather and so this bread pudding will be perfect for a Sunday brunch when all I want is eggs, bread and cheese in a one-dish meal. Apples and thyme are wonderful together and must make this bread pudding simply divine.

  2. 3 stars
    I actually made this recipe today . At the 70 min mark I checked on it and it was done! Maybe a little dark. So do check for done-ness before the 90 min mark .
    I’m not a huge fan of it. It was ok but not on my repeat list .

    1. Hi Debs, half and half is half cream and half milk. I believe the correct UK substitute would be single cream.