Bread Pudding

bread pudding

2 French Bread Loaves, cubed (stale bread works best)
2 cups heavy cream
2 cups milk
4 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup butter, melted and cooled
4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
2 cups of sugar

caramel sauce for top:
1 cup heavy cream
2/3 cup brown sugar

In extra large mixing bowl (the real big one 20+ cups) mix together eggs, 2 cups cream, milk, cooled melted butter, cinnamon, nutmeg, and sugar.

Add bread and mix to coat. Let sit 2-3 minutes and stir again a few times.

Pour into large 10×16 lasagne sized glass baking dish

Bake at 350 degrees until browned across top and bubbly on the sides.

Remove from oven and then make sauce.

For Sauce:
Mix the brown sugar into the cream, in 4 cup glass measuring cup (or other microwavable container.) Heat 100 % power for 30 seconds. Stir again. Heat 20 more seconds. Stir.

Drizzle/Pour over top. (I added the sauce because the top comes out rather dry.)

Serve warm.

[UDATE 3/18/2009: My bread was left to dry, longer, when I repeated this recipe, today. (Its possible, too, that my two loaves, used today, were bigger than the last ones..) It seemed too dry when I put it in the baking dish. I put it back into the bowl and added 2 cups of fat free milk. Look for a consistency that is somewhat wet, like when you make stuffing/dressing. Mostly, follow your instincts about cooking times and how wet it is.. When this first came out of the oven, I thought it was undercooked. Let it sit 30-60 min before serving. When I think something is surely ruined, its usually great. :) And this was wonderful, too. ]

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2 Responses to Bread Pudding

  1. Caanan says:

    That looks sooooo good. And so much better than the stuff at The Glass Onion.

  2. CarolinaDreamz says:

    Oh, I may have taken a second bite of the one at TGO, had I never made this one, before. Eugene and I tasted theirs.. and passed it on, or Kathy and Ian to take home.

    This was a true kitchen miracle. I bought some more of the pane Italiano bread, that I put into this dish, today, at the Hanahan Super BiLo. I need to learn how to bake bread..

    Thanks for the comment.
    ~Heidi (WithaZ.net)

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