This festive bread pudding with nuts and fruit is a tradition in many Mexican families and submitted by Rachel Salinas of Laredo, TX! H-E-B tweaked Rachel’s recipe by using whole-grain bread, fat-free half-and-half and a little less cheese.
Preheat oven to 375⁰F. Spray a medium baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside. Place 1 ½ cups water and brown sugar sucralose blend into a saucepan and bring to a boil; remove from heat. Whisk together half & half, vanilla, egg whites, spices and sugar mixture in a mixing bowl. Place bread in prepared baking dish; cover with a layer of apples, raisins and almonds. Repeat layers until all ingredients are used. Pour liquid mixture over bread; top with cheese. Bake 35 minutes until set.