Apple-Chai Spiced Bread Pudding

Before the recipe is assembled, the milk is infused with spices including cinnamon and cardamom. The flavors of chai, brown sugar, and apples are a winning combination in this delicious bread pudding. Serve with whipped cream and a dash of cinnamon, if desired.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs
Additional Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 45 mins
1 8x8-inch bread pudding


  • nonstick cooking spray

  • 8 cups cubed stale bread

  • 2 ½ cups milk

  • 5 green cardamom pods

  • ¾ teaspoon whole allspice berries

  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • 6 tablespoons butter, divided

  • 1 large apple - peeled, cored, and chopped

  • 1 ¼ cups lightly packed brown sugar, divided

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (Optional)

  • ¼ teaspoon caramel extract (Optional)

  • 4 eggs


  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Spray an 8-inch square baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Place cubed bread inside of dish and set aside.

  2. Bring milk, cardamom pods, allspice berries, cinnamon, and nutmeg to a simmer in a saucepan over medium-low heat; simmer for about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool for 15 minutes. Strain milk into a bowl to remove large spices.

  3. Heat 4 tablespoons butter in a saute pan over medium-high heat. Saute apple in the hot butter until tender, about 5 minutes. Turn off heat and add 1 cup brown sugar, vanilla extract, and caramel extract. Stir until sugar is melted. Pour over bread cubes and toss until evenly distributed.

  4. Beat eggs and cooled, spiced milk together in a mixing bowl using an electric mixer. Pour over the bread mixture. Allow bread to soak up mixture, 10 to 15 minutes, lightly tapping down bread cubes as needed so egg mixture can soak in.

  5. Sprinkle remaining 1/4 cup brown sugar over the bread pudding. Melt remaining butter in a microwave-safe dish in a microwave, 15 to 30 seconds. Drizzle over brown sugar.

  6. Bake in the preheated oven until set and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 45 to 60 minutes. Serve warm or cold.

Cook's Note:

Cut the stale bread into 1-inch cubes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

420 Calories
14g Fat
65g Carbs
9g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 420
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 14g 18%
Saturated Fat 8g 38%
Cholesterol 122mg 41%
Sodium 444mg 19%
Total Carbohydrate 65g 24%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 42g
Protein 9g
Vitamin C 2mg 8%
Calcium 207mg 16%
Iron 3mg 15%
Potassium 281mg 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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