Ina Garten’s Herb And Apple Bread Pudding Recipe

This bread pudding recipe is Ina garten’s Thanksgiving gift to us all

We aren’t all natural homemakers with talents in the kitchen and a knack for playing hostess. But that’s okay because ina garten exists, and she’s here to share her wisdom with the world and Ina garten’s knows Thanksgiving.

As in she knows how to make a Thanksgiving dinner that will have all of her guests drooling on their decorative plates. If you’re hoping for a similar reaction, try Ina Garten’s Herb and Apple Bread Pudding on for size. She recommends serving it in lieu of standard stuffing.

“Traditional stuffing can get so soggy,” she says. “This one is moist and crusty, which is so good.” cook it in a casserole dish and not inside the turkey, so you don’t run the risk of overcooking the bird.

Herb and Apple Bread Pudding

Herb and Apple Bread Pudding.

Active Time: 25 mins

Total Time: 1 hr 55 mins

Yield: serves 8


  • 8 cups country bread cubes, crust removed , 3/4 inch diced
  • 4 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 3 ounces pancetta, 1/2 inch diced
  • 2 yellow onions, chopped
  • 1-1/2 cups medium diced celery
  • 1 granny smith apple, peeled, cored and chopped
  • 1/2 cup medium or dry sherry
  • 2 tablespoon minced fresh rosemary
  • kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 7 extra large eggs
  • 2-1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 1-1/4 cups chicken stock
  • 2 cups ( 6 oz. with rind) grated Gruyere, lightly packed, divided


1. Preheat oven to 350 degree F

2. Place bread in a single layer on a sheet pan; bake for 20 minutes, tossing once, until lightly browned. Set aside.

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3. Meanwhile, heat butter in a large saute pan over medium low heat. Add pancetta, raise heat to medium and cook for 5 minutes until browned. Stir in onions, celery and apple; cook over medium heat for 8 to 10 mins, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are tender. Stir in sherry, rosemary, 1 teaspoon salt and 1 and half teaspoon pepper; cook for 5 minutes, until most of the liquid is gone. Off the heat, stir in parsley.

4. Whisk eggs, heavy cream, chicken stock and 1 1/2 cups of the cheese in a very large bowl. stir in bread and vegetables; set aside for 30 minutes so bread can soak up the custard

5. Pour into a 9 by 13 by 2 inch oven to table baking dish. Sprinkle with remaining Gruyere; bake for 50 to 60 minutes, until the top is browned and a knife inserted into the middle comes out clean.

6. Serve hot and warm

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