Monday, April 24, 2006

Simple Bread Pudding

When life gives you stale bread, make bread pudding.

A loaf of French bread lay on top of our bread box, staring at me. It was at least 4 days old and as hard as a rock.

I’d planned on serving it with some lemon spaghetti but we wound up eating out – three nights in a row – so by the time I did cook up the pasta, the bread was seriously stale.

Bread pudding, redeemer of hard bread, to the rescue.

This is such a comfort food, especially when warm. The pudding is lightly sweetened and the flavors are mild but it’s really delicious. It’s also very filling; I wanted a second helping but I'm too stuffed to actually have one.

Next time, I’ll try substituting the white sugar for brown.

Recipe adapted from Digs Magazine

Simple Bread Pudding

A loaf of stale bakery bread, torn or cut into 1-inch bread cubes
3 cups milk, half-n-half, or a combination of both
1/2 stick butter (4 Tbsp.)
1-1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 c. sugar
2 tsp. vanilla
3 eggs
Extra sugar and cinnamon for sprinkling on top

Preheat the oven to 350-degrees and butter an 8-inch square baking pan. Toss the milk, butter, cinnamon and sugar into a saucepan, and heat gently over medium heat until the butter has melted. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.

Place bread in a large bowl. Pour the milk mixture over the bread, making sure to cover all the bread. Weigh the bread down by placing a plate or pan on top of the mixture, held down with a few cans from the cupboard. Let sit for about five minutes, making sure the bread gets good and soaked.

Beat the eggs and pour on top of the bread mixture; stir to thoroughly combine. Pour mixture into 8-inch pan and sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon.

Place the pan into a larger baking dish and place in the oven. Add enough hot water to the larger dish until the water reaches about an inch from the top.

Bake for 45-70 minutes. The pudding will be puffy and golden when it's done; when a knife stuck into the center comes out fairly clean, the pudding is done.

Enjoy it warm (with vanilla ice cream) or cold. Bread pudding keeps well for a couple of days; just cover and store in the fridge.

Grade: A


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Anonymous said...

Making your Bread Pudding right now !!!! MMMMMmmmmm I can smell it cooking already !!!!
Nice to find an original recipe for Bread Pudding, none of the fancy stuff, I just wanted to make one the way my Mum does, but she's in England and I'm in Australia and I didn't want to wake her up!. Thanks heaps !!!!