Sunday, March 29, 2009

Bill's Own Bread Pudding

6 slices of day old bread cubed
2/3 cup of raisins
1/2 cup chopped semi-sweet chocolate or chocolate chips
1/3 cup chopped walnuts(optional)
3 or four eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup milk
3 Tablespoons butter
pinch of salt
extra sugar to top

In a greased loaf pan, layer the bread cubes, raisins, nuts and chocolate in the pan.
Mix three of the eggs, milk, vanilla, salt and sugar till smooth.
pour the liquids over the bread in the pan.  The liquids should just be visible in the bread.  Press the bread into the liquid just to soak it, then allow it to spring back.  It should be very slightly soupy, but it will depend on how dry and absorbent the bread is.  If too dry, mix another egg and a few tablespoons of milk and sugar, and pour over the bread.
Sprinkle sugar over the top to form a crust.
Bake in a 350 degree oven for about 45 minutes to an hour till the whole loaf puffs up and browns slightly on top.  The center should not be wet if you stab it with a knife and look in.  It rises like a cake.

Substitute your favorite liqueur for the vanilla, or soak the raisins in brandy or liqueur for an hour before assembly.   White bread is best, but if you want to use a whole wheat or other bread, try not to use one with a strong flavor so as not to overpower the vanilla or other flavorings.
Serve warm with cream, whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.   

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