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Bite-Sized Spiced Apple Bread Puddings

Yield 24 

Ingredients

3 tablespoons Real California butter, plus more for muffin tins

3 tart-sweet apples, peeled, cored and cut into 1/2-inch dice

1/3 cup sugar

12 whole star anise

3/4 cup Real California milk

2 large eggs

3/4 teaspoon salt

8 ounces (5 to 6 slices) buttermilk bread, cut into1/2-inch dice

1/2 cup Real California sour cream or crème fraîche

 

Directions

In large skillet over medium heat, melt butter. Add apples, sugar and star anise and cook, stirring occasionally, until apples are tender, about 3 minutes. Increase to high and cook, stirring occasionally, until juices are almost evaporated, about 2 minutes; set aside.

In large bowl, whisk together milk, eggs and salt. Stir in bread and set aside for 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, preheat oven to 450°F. Butter 24-cup mini muffin tin.

Remove star anise from apples (save for garnish). Stir apple mixture into bread mixture. Spoon mixture into prepared muffin cups.

Bake until lightly browned and set, 20 to 25 minutes. Serve warm, topped with sour cream or crème fraîche and reserved star anise.

Recipe provided by the California Milk Advisory Board.

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