Bread pudding is one of those simple pleasures every home chef should be able to prepare at a moments notice. The ingredients are always available, the process is easy, and the outcome is gooey warm love in a bowl. This dish is best served warm and can be either enjoyed as a sweet breakfast or a savory dessert.
What you will need:
6-8 Slices of bread
1/3 cup of melted butter
4 eggs, beaten
2 cups of milk or half and half
3/4 cup sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp almond extract (optional)
8 inch pan
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
First you want to break up your bread and place it evenly in the pan. I suggested 6-8 slices but you can determine for yourself how much bread you will need. You can also feel free to use leftover dinners rolls or even bagels. Drizzle the melted butter over the top.
Raisins are a common addition to bread pudding, but feel free to step outside the box with sliced fresh fruit or even nuts. Spread your topping over the bread.
In a separate bowl combine all the other ingredients including the 4 beaten eggs. You can use whichever kind of milk you prefer. I usually do a mixture of 2 percent and Half and Half for some added creaminess. Also, feel free to deviate from the sugar suggestion. You can use brown sugar as a substitute as well.
Once all the ingredients are thoroughly mixed you can pour the concoction evenly over the bread, allowing for it to be fully absorbed. If this is feeling very similar to French toast, thats because it is. Only way more fancy and impressive.
Lightly push the bread down with a fork. This makes sure all the bread gets soaked in that cinnamon goodness.
Then toss that beautiful mess into the oven for 45 mins. When its done you’ll be the talk of the town! Well, not really, but I’m sure whoever gets to eat it will be super impressed and grateful to know you.