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There are many recipes that have come to us through history that were made as a way to minimize waste and Old Fashioned Bread Pudding is one of them. It just so happens that it is as delicious as it is practical.
What kind of bread can I use?
The original intent of this dessert was to use bread that is going stale, but you can certainly use bread of any kind. No need to be fussy! In the photo, I've used cubed homemade sourdough loaf bread, but challah works well, as does French bread. In fact, this recipe is pretty much a baked French toast or pain perdu.
The custard ingredients are simple.
Butter a baking dish, pile the cubes of bread into it, sprinkle the raisins over, then pour the custard mixture in.
I usually press the bread into the custard mixture a bit just to get the soaking action going. Then it's into the oven for 35-45 minutes.
When it's done the custard will be set and the bread on top will be a little crunchy. That crunch along with the plump, sweet raisins is awesome!
For the Vanilla Sauce
But what really takes this dessert to another level is the vanilla sauce. It is NOT to be skipped!
Right before serving, mix up the sauce and pour it into a small pitcher. You can also make it earlier and keep it warm, but be sure to keep an eye on it so that it doesn't get too thick or burn.
How to serve Old Fashioned Bread Pudding
Serve it warm, scooped onto a dessert plate or into a bowl and drizzle the vanilla sauce over. As much or as little as you want!
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Old Fashioned Bread Pudding
- 8 slices of bread about 8 cups
- ¼ cup raisins
- 4 eggs
- 2 cups whole milk
- ¼ cup sugar
- ¼ cup butter melted
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
FOR THE VANILLA SAUCE
- 2 Tablespoons butter
- 2 Tablespoons flour all-purpose, gluten-free blend, or cassava
- 1 cup water
- ¾ cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter a baking dish (approximately a 9x13).
- Cube the bread and place in the baking dish. Sprinkle the raisins over.
- In a bowl, beat eggs, then add the milk and whisk to mix. Add the sugar, melted butter, and cinnamon. Pour over the bread and press on the bread cubes to be sure they are all soaking in the egg mixture.
- Bake 35-45 minutes.
FOR THE VANILLA SAUCE
- Melt the butter in a small saucepan, then whisk in the flour until smooth. Gradually add the water and sugar, whisking constantly. Bring to a boil, cook and stir for about 2 minutes or till thickened. Stir in the vanilla.
- Serve warm with the bread pudding.