Lake Como's Apple Pear Bread Pudding

Lake Como's Apple Pear Bread Pudding

With it's origin in Lake Como, this poor man's apple pear bread pudding combines simple ingredients to make a dessert which exemplifies rustic simplicity.
Course Dessert
Cuisine Italian
Keyword pear bread pudding
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 348kcal
Author Maria Vannelli RD


  • 1 pound bread stale , 450 - 500 grams, cut into 1" cubes
  • 2-3 amaretti cookies crushed
  • 2 cups milk 1%
  • 3 tablespoons pine nuts
  • 2 eggs slightly beaten
  • 1/3 cup raisins
  • 2 medium apples cored and finely chopped
  • 2 medium pears cored and finely chopped
  • 4 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup amaretto liquor DiSaronno
  • grated zest of 1 lemon


  • Place cut-up bread and amaretti cookies in shallow pan.
  • Pour milk over top and allow to soak for about 1 hour. The milk will be completely absorbed by the bread and amaretti.
  • In the meanwhile, toast the pine nuts in a small frying pan over low heat until golden brown. This should take a few minutes. Set aside.
  • Use non-stick spray to coat the inside of a 10 inch spring form pan.
  • Preheat oven to 400° F (200 °C). Place rack in the center of the oven.
  • Transfer bread mixture to food processor and blend together. Alternately, in a large bowl stir and mash the mixture with a fork, until you get a "mushy" consistency.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients and combine with a wooden spoon.
  • Drop batter in the spring form pan.
  • Bake for 15 minutes; lower heat to 325° F (170° C) and bake for another 45 minutes.
  • Cake is best served warm.


The end product will vary based on the type of bread that you use. I have tried this recipe with both whole wheat and white pagnotta (Italian rustic bread).
Please keep in mind that the nutritional information provided below is just a rough estimate and variations can occur depending on the specific ingredients used. 
*based on recipe from cookbook "The Taste of Italy"


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 348kcal | Carbohydrates: 58g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 47mg | Sodium: 342mg | Potassium: 371mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 195IU | Vitamin C: 4.5mg | Calcium: 162mg | Iron: 2.7mg