Tuesdays with Dorie BCM: Bettelman

October 9, 2018 at 12:01 am | Posted in BCM, groups, pudding/mousse, sweet things, tuesdays with dorie | 9 Comments
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As much as I don’t want to acknowledge it, the summer fruits are out and the apples are in. I might as well get used to it and least bake some interesting apple treats. I’d never heard of a Bettleman before, but it’s an Alsatian bread pudding made to use up stale brioche. The bread gets soaked in warm milk and egg yolks and then the mix gets a hit of spice and rum, along with apples and raisins. The egg whites are whipped separately and added at the end, so the pudding soufflés a bit in the oven. It’s lighter than the bread pudding I’m used to, and I liked it very much.

I happened to have a couple of brioche rolls in the freezer, and they were just enough to make two individual ramekins. I served my bettleman with some ice cream and a drizzle of apple caramel sauce.

For the recipe, see Baking Chez Moi by Dorie Greenspan. Don’t forget to check out the rest of the TWD Blogroll!


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  1. Your ramekin version of Bettelman is very cute. I thought this was fine, but it doesn’t beat ordinary bread pudding for me.

  2. I wish I had taken a photo of mine before it sank! I actually really liked this, despite not expecting to (not really a fan of bread pudding) – I’ll remember it for the future!

  3. Your Bettleman looks glorious and rich! Haha sorry couldn’t resist. But I’m in awe of your skills in baking it, putting a perfectly molded scoop of ice cream on top before it deflated or the ice cream melted. Oh, and it looks delicious too.

    • haha- thank you! but you know what…mine didn’t really deflate as it sat, so i took that picture when it was almost at room temp. maybe it’s bc it was such a little one without so much heft in the center??

  4. Viewing the Bettelman as one way to repurpose leftover brioche rolls, it’s very creative. You dress it up further with ice cream and caramel sauce.

  5. Ice cream and caramel sauce sound like perfect accompaniments and your mini version retained a beautiful puff!

  6. Beautiful as usual! We were surprised by this one and also really enjoyed it.

  7. Ice cream was the way to go and the favorite with my family. I am with you at saying goodbye to summer fruit. I still haven’t started buying apples to eat yet because I know once I do that winter is here.

  8. I think ice cream and apple caramel sauce would improve just about any dessert.

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