A wonderful winter dessert smothered in a warming hard cider sauce.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 10 by 14-inch baking dish with the butter and set aside.
In a large bowl, beat the eggs. Add the cream, cider, sugar, melted butter, salt, and cinnamon, and whisk to combine. Add the bread, fresh and dried apples, and stir to combine. Pour into the prepared dish, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until the bread is well saturated, up to 1 hour.) Bake until the top is golden brown and the center is firm, about 1 hour.
Remove from the oven and let sit on a wire rack for 15 minutes. Cut into pieces and drizzle with the Hard Cider Sauce. Serve immediately.
Hard Cider Sauce:
In the top of a double boiler, melt the butter over simmering water. Add the sugar and whisk to combine, whisking for 1 minute. Add the cider and whisk until the sugar is dissolved, 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and add the egg yolks, 1 at a time, whisking constantly. Return to the heat and continue whisking until the sauce is pale and slightly thickened, 5 minutes.
Remove from the heat.
Spoon the sauce over the pudding and serve immediately. (Note: The sauce will thicken and set up as it cools. If you desire a thicker consistency, serve the sauce slightly cooled.)