Apples and Spice Cinnamon Bread Pudding

4 slices cinnamon bread

4 large eggs

1 cup heavy cream

1/2 cup loosely packed light brown sugar

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

2 tablespoons butter

1 large apple, cored, peeled and cubed into 1/2 inch pieces

2 tablespoons packed light brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

4 tablespoons packed light brown sugar for sprinkling on top

Powdered sugar for dusting

Pure maple syrup for drizzling (if desired)

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. and lightly spray four 2 cup ramekins with non stick cooking spray.

2. Cube bread into 1/2 inch pieces and divide evenly between ramekins.

3. Place eggs, cream, brown sugar, cinnamon and vanilla into a large bowl, whisk to combine. Place butter into a medium skillet over medium heat. Saute apples for 1 minute then add brown sugar and cinnamon. Cook and stir for another minute. Transfer apples and drippings into cream mixture then divide between ramekins over bread. Top with 1 tablespoon brown sugar on top then bake for 30-35 minutes, until puffed and cooked through. Remove and dust with powdered sugar and drizzle with just a touch of pure maple syrup if desired.

Makes 4 servings