1 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons maple syrup
¾ cup pecans, chopped
Place bread cubes in a large bowl. In medium bowl, beat together eggs, milk, whipping cream, vanilla and 1 teaspoon apple pie spice. Pour egg mixture over bread and let soak for 15 minutes.
Preheat oven to 350°F. Combine ¼ cup brown sugar, 1 teaspoon apple pie spice and cornstarch. Sprinkle over chopped apples and stir.
Divide soaked bread cubes among approximately 20 well-greased muffin cups, filling each about two-thirds full. Lightly press bread down. Top evenly with apple mixture. Combine melted butter with maple syrup, ¾ cup brown sugar and pecans. Mix well and spoon evenly over apples.
Bake for 22 to 25 minutes or until egg has set and tops are golden brown. Unmold and, if desired, serve with additional maple syrup, pecans and whipping cream.