When I was thinking about what to write for this month’s issue, I grabbed my old recipe book and found a very easy-to-make recipe, for Apple Bread Pie. You will enjoy this one because it’s so simple to throw together; you can do all the prep work for it in 20 minutes (then you’ll just need to soak and cook). How’s that for an option to whip up when you get unexpected guests and need to serve something? So the pie is perfect for the holidays, and you can find all of the ingredients in the recipe in your local supermarket (or maybe in your kitchen already). Try it out and enjoy it with your loved ones!

You’ll Need:

  • Butter, for greasing pan
  • 2 red apples, peeled and cored
  • 2½ c. granulated sugar
  • 2 tbsp. white wine
  • 1 loaf Italian bread
  • 1¼ c. light cream
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 orange peel, cut into thin slices


Lightly grease a 2”-deep pan with butter. Slice the apples into rings and line the bottom of the dish with them. Sprinkle half the sugar on top. Pour the wine over the apples. Remove the crust from the Italian bread and take out the middle. Press the middle of the bread together and flatten it out on top of the mixture in the pan, covering the entire contents. Beat the eggs, and add to the bowl the cream, remaining sugar and orange peel. Pour this over the ingredients in the pan and let soak for about 30 minutes. Preheat the oven to 350°F and bake for 25 minutes, or until golden brown. Serve warm.

Chef Bruno is PMQ’s culinary advisor, with 40 years of international pizza experience. He is the corporate chef for Marsal & Sons, and the culinary coach of the U.S. Pizza Team.

Chef Santo Bruno, Food & Ingredients