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Apple Cider Donut Bread Pudding

Have any leftover cider donuts from your trip to the cider mill? Try making this Easy Apple Cider Donut Bread Pudding topped with vanilla sauce and an apple compote.
Course Dessert
Cuisine Midwestern
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Resting Time 25 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Calories 485kcal


  • 9x13 nonstick pan
  • Mixing Bowl
  • Whisk
  • Saucepan


Bread Pudding

  • 12 Cider Donuts
  • 4 eggs room temp
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup brown sugar light or dark
  • 1 cup half and half room temp
  • ¼ cup whole milk room temp
  • 1 ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 4 tbsp melted butter unsalted

Vanilla Sauce

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • ½ stick butter
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon

Apple Compote

  • 2 Granny Smith apples diced (peels on)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons butter unsalted
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar


Bread Pudding

  • Cut 12 cider donuts into eighths and allow them to sit out on the counter for a day so that they are stale.
  • Once the donuts are stale, make the bread pudding. In a large bowl, whisk 4 eggs.
  • Add ¾ cup granulated sugar, ¼ cup brown sugar, 1 cup half and half, ¼ cup whole milk, 1 ½ tsp cinnamon, 1 ½ tsp vanilla, ½ tsp baking soda and ½ tsp salt to the bowl. Mix until fully combined.
  • Add 4 tbsp melted butter into the combination and mix again.
  • Place all stale donut pieces in an ungreased 9×13 pan.
  • Pour the liquid mixture into the pan with the donut pieces, and use a rubber spatula to stir the donut pieces around so that each cube is coated in the mixture. Allow the donut pieces to soak for about 15 minutes.
  • Place in the oven at 350 for 40 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven and cover the pan with aluminum foil. Cut slits in the top of the aluminum foil and then place the pan back into the oven for an additional 10 minutes. The bread pudding should be set but not dried out. It should also not be too liquidy.
  • Allow to rest for 10 minutes.

Vanilla Sauce

  • Place all ingredients (1 cup heavy cream, ½ cup granulated sugar, 2 tsp vanilla, ¼ cup butter, and ¼ tsp cinnamon) in a medium sized saucepan. Bring to a low boil. Once the boil starts, start your timer. Whisk constantly for 10 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and set aside.

Apple Compote

  • In a small bowl add the 2 diced Granny Smith apples and 1 teaspoon cinnamon and stir. Set aside.
  • Put a medium pot over medium heat, and add 2 tbsp butter. Stir until the butter melts, then add 2 tbsp brown sugar and cinnamon-covered apples.
  • Let the mixture simmer over medium heat for about 15 minutes, or until the apples are soft. Remove from heat and set aside.


  • Once the bread pudding has finished baking, remove it from the oven and allow it to rest for 10 minutes.
  • Then, add the apple compote to the top of the bread pudding and drizzle vanilla sauce over the top.
  • Cut into pieces and serve. Enjoy!


Recipe copyright The Foreign Fork. For educational or personal use only. 
  • Donuts: I used leftover cider donuts from a trip to our local cider mill! I chose plain cider donuts, not cinnamon sugar ones, though I’m sure the cinnamon sugar ones would work just fine. 
  • Half and Half: Half and half is a combination of heavy cream and milk. If you cannot find half and half, you can replace it with ½ cup heavy whipping cream and ½ cup milk. 
  • Apples: Granny Smith Apples. Wash the outsides but you do not need to peel them.
  • Milk: I am using whole milk but you can use 2% as well.
  • You can pour all of your vanilla sauce on your apple pudding right away if you’d like. However, I prefer to only pour half of it on the bread pudding at first. Then, I reserve the rest for when I have leftovers. Simply microwave the sauce for 20 seconds, and it will thin out enough for you to add to your bread pudding. 
  • Feel free to include additional add-ins to your Apple Cider Donut Bread Pudding. Some good options are raisins, chocolate chips, or anything else that sounds delicious. 
  • If you don’t like vanilla sauce, this recipe would also be great with ice cream!


Serving: 1piece | Calories: 485kcal | Carbohydrates: 59g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 105mg | Sodium: 234mg | Potassium: 115mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 31g | Vitamin A: 643IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 62mg | Iron: 1mg