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Heavenly Baked Apple Raisin Caramel Pudding

This bears repeating!! So you love apples, caramel, pudding cakes, sweet & creamy that are so delish it makes you yell out in your loudest outdoor voice”YUM”!!! This is a definite recipe to add to your favorites. It is so versatile you can serve it plain for breakfast with cream or powdered sugar; for an outrageous dessert to serve your family and friends, or high tea sliced in bars and/or change it up with other yummy ingredients* and make it your own.  This is my favorite version of all the variations I create.  >>>

Baked Apple Raisin Caramel Pudding


1/3 cup raisins
2 tablespoons cognac or dark rum
3 tablespoons Amaretto or other liqueur
2-3 cups peeled apple wedges (about 4 whole fruits)
Juice of 1/2 lemon
2/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups cream
4 large eggs
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
2 tablespoons unsalted sweet butter cut into pieces
Confectioners’ Sugar for sprinkling
Caramel Sauce*
Whipped Cream (optional)


1. Soak raisins in cognac or rum and Amaretto for 30 minutes. Drain and set aside.

2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F, with a rack in the upper third. Butter a shallow casserole or baking dish.

3. Toss the apple wedges with lemon juice and drained raisins and then spread in prepared dish.

4. In bowl, combine flour, sugar until no lumps. In another bowl, whisk milk, eggs and vanilla until smooth. Add to dry ingredients. Whisk until smooth. Pour batter over fruit, dot top with butter.

5. Bake the pudding until he custard sets, about 30 minutes. Transfer to wire rack to cool.

6. Drizzle Confectioner’s Sugar on top and place under broiler for less than minute to glaze. Remove and set on wire rack.

7. Drizzle Caramel Sauce over top and add dollop of whipped cream.

*Caramel Sauce: I create this recipe with several different caramel recipes. The one pictured is my very own creation from my cookbook. You can use any caramel sauce from simple to store-bought or serve with warm Maple Syrup.

Enjoy and as always, this recipe is “beyond the yum“!

Note:  This dessert is heavenly and you will make it often changing out various fruits. The recipe is based in part on an original recipe by Richard Sax “Classic Home Desserts” – a must-own dessert cookbook


Beyond the Yum Orange Cranberry Tea Ring

Do you love yummy breakfast breads for those special mornings, brunch menus or just for a perfect treat?  You will love this freshly baked from scratch recipe from Jacy’s Beyond the Yum Cookbook.  Watch for it upcoming on the blog soon!

Everyone Loves A YUM Sandwich Loaf

Manchego, Broccoli, Chicken Sandwich Loaf

The Sandwich Loaves from Beautiful Breads and Fabulous Fillings: The Best Sandwiches in America by Margaux Sky is one of my favorite all-time cookbooks for sandwiches to really WOW your family and guests.  Whether it’s a casual lunch, dinner, picnic, cookout, tailgate party or brunch, these are just perfect and “not your usual kinda sandwiches” by any stretch but like the mega-bread wraps or Stromboli, they are yummy and a hit with all.  You can be as creative, spicy, diet, sweet, etc. as you wish and use your imagination to the hilt and you will soar with great sandwich ideas.  I have created them with various types of bread dough and like most stuffed breads, you can use fresh or bread machine dough and even store-bought loaves. My favorite is the fresh sweet dough recipe in the book.  So try this recipe, check out the book (at a very reasonable price) and wow your family and guests.

Manchego, Broccoli, Chicken Sandwich Loaf*


2 plus 2 tablespoons butter
4 cups diced chicken tenders
1 tablespoon Lawry’s lemon pepper (or to taste)
1 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
3 cups broccoli florets

1 batch Sweet Dough

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon sweet dried basil
2 cups plus 1 cup Manchego cheese
Juice of 1 lemon


>  In a large skillet, melt 2 tablespoons of the butter over medium-low heat.

>  Add the chicken tenders, lemon pepper and salt.  Mix well and cover.  Cook, stirring occasionally, for about 15 minutes, or until cooked through.

>  In another large skillet, melt the remaining 2 tablespoons butter over low heat.  Add the broccoli and more lemon pepper and salt to taste.  Mix well and cover.

>  Roll out the Sweet Dough so that the long side is perpendicular to your body.  The dough should only be slightly thicker than paper thin.  Spread the olive oil over the dough.

>  Sprinkle more lemon pepper and salt, as well as the basil, onto the dough.

>  Spread 2 cups of the cheese over the basil.

>  Add the chicken to the pan with the broccoli and mix well.

>  Spread the mixture over the dough and add the remaining cheese.

>  Sprinkle the lemon juice over the cheese.

>  Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

>  Generously butter a large baking sheet.

>  With your hands, tightly roll the dough into a loaf, with the rolling action going away from your body.  To hold in most of the fillings fold the outer edges of the dough as you roll.  Place the loaf onto the prepared baking sheet seam side down.

>  Bake for 40 to 45 minutes.

>  Remove the loaf from the oven and let is cool 30 minutes before slicing.

>  To serve, arrange a mound of Mesclun greens and a thick slice of sandwich loaf on a plate; garnish with slice of watermelon.

Yield: 10 to 12 servings.

Sweet Dough*

Note:  This is a large batch recipe.  Yield:  2 melon-size batches (8 or 9 pastries per batch) You will use 1 batch per sandwich loaf


1 tablespoon yeast
2 cups warm water
1 cup warm milk
1 cup heavy cream
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, melted
1/2 cup sugar
4 eggs, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
12 cups of all-purpose flour (approx)
1/8 teaspoon salt


> In a large bowl, dissolve the yeast in the water and milk.  Add the cream. Let stand for 5 minutes, or until the yeast is foamy.

> Generously grease a large bowl

> Add the butter, sugar, eggs, and vanilla to the yeast mixture.

> Slowly add the flour and salt to the wet ingredients and mix well.

> Place the dough on a floured countertop or board and knead for 4 minutes.

> Place the dough in the prepared bowl.  Place the bowl in a warm, dry place and let the dough rise for 60 minutes.  Punch down the dough with your fist and separate into two portions.  You can use the dough immediately or refrigerate for later use.


*Asiago or white cheddar are other favorites for this recipe.   For a quick easy version, substitute your sweet dough with bread machine dough recipe or fresh dough from store.  Use pre-cooked Chicken Tenders (Cajun or BBQ are good choices) and frozen broccoli (heated in microwave).  Use your imagination and really create some YUM sandwiches.

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