You are correct! It is one of those old fashioned kinds of desserts. It's also simple, completely delicious, warm and snuggy on a cold miserable day, and perfectly suitable for us to make because we are LAZY.
Let's face it--we go through a ton of cinnamon raisin bread in this house since it's 1 of 7 foods my son will eat. However, the end pieces, apparently, are inedible, so I save them up, let them dry out, and when I have enough--voila--bread pudding. I make it fairly often, because my sister digs it too.
Recently, the lovely and charming Matt and Paula dropped by for dinner, with their cutie pie kiddos, and I
Bye Bye Bread Pudding (aptly named, because it disappears, hyuk, hyuk)
1) 7-10 slices of dried out cinnamon raisin bread (7 if the loaf is regular sized, 10 if the slices are small)
2) 1/4 cup melted butter
3) 4 eggs
4) 2 1/2 cups milk
5) 1/2 cup white sugar, plus a little for sprinkling on top
6) 1 teaspoon real vanilla extract *
7) table cream (your choice of how much fat you want in it)
* hey, why is karen a snob, and only uses real vanilla extract? One, it tastes better, TWO, read the ingredients on the phony stuff, THREE, it tastes better, so splurge. Seriously.
Butter an 8 inch square or 1.5 litre baking dish. Rip stale bread into small, bite-sized pieces. Drizzle melted butter over bread, and toss to coat.
In a large enough mixing bowl, combine eggs, milk, sugar and vanilla, and whisk till blended. Pour over bread, and push top pieces down gently to immerse in the mixture. Set aside until you're read to bake, so the bread can soak up all that liquid.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.Bake for 1 hour, or until pudding is no longer wobbly when you shake it around. Or, if you like it more moist in the centre, you can bake it until it is still slightly wobbly.
Serve warm with a drizzle of cream. I guess you could use ice cream if you want, there's noone to stop you. Enjoy the simple tastes of butter, sugar and vanilla. Yummy.
Optional: sprinkle top of pudding with a little white sugar just before baking.
|What a mess. Better clean up work space first...|
|okay-I've got everything I need...milk, butter, eggs, bread, sugar, sprouts...|
|ha ha, just kidding--no sprouts.|
|butter, butter, butter...|
|mmm....mug o'melted butter...no, don't drink it.|
|look at that whisking action!|
|pour...*yawn* This is so easy it's almost boring|
|pat, pat...now let it sit and soak up thegoodness before you lightly sugar it and bake it!|
|and I ask you: is that NOT pretty?!?|
|look how happy it made my sister feel|
|ooo! The lovely and charming MATT & PAULA! (curse these shaky hands!)|
|"OMG, MATT! HAVE YOU EVER SEEN ANYTHING THIS FANTASTIC???"|
"NO PAULA, I HAVEN'T--JUST LOOKING AT IT FILLS ME WITH AN INDESCRIBABLE HAPPINESS."