Cut bread into cubes. Slightly stale bread is best. Dry bread in 200 degree oven for 15 minutes if bread is not stale.
Core apples and cut into bite sized pieces
Heat skillet with bacon drippings over medium heat. Saute apples with salt and white pepper until soft, about 10 minutes.
Combine bread cubes, apples and dried cranberries in a large mixing bowl.
In a separate mixing bowl, whisk together eggs, half and half and remaining spices.
Pour milk mixture over bread mixture and combine thoroughly. Allow combined ingredients to soak for at least 4 hours.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Fill greased cups of popover pan evenly with pudding.
Bake for 1 hour or until puffy and golden brown.