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Easy Bread Pudding

When I go to a restaurant and have a good meal, I still want to look at the dessert menu, even if I am too stuffed to find room. That is exactly why restaurants have doggie bags. Whether I want to eat it all or take it home, I usually get dessert.

I get overjoyed when I see Bread Pudding on the menu. I get even more excited when I taste it and it tastes New Orleans style. Bread Pudding is a staple in the French Quarters. I don’t believe you will find a bad batch of bread pudding anywhere in New Orleans. No, Bread Pudding did not originate in New Orleans. It hailed many centuries ago from Europe.

Easy Bread Pudding

5 from 1 vote
Recipe by Madison Course: DessertCuisine: EuropeanDifficulty: Easy
Servings

6

servings
Prep time

15

minutes
Cooking time

50

minutes

Ingredients

  • For the Bread Pudding:
  • 2 cups milk

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

  • 1/4 cup sugar

  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • ½ loaf French or Challah bread, sliced into 2 inch cubes

  • 4 large eggs, beaten

  • For the Vanilla Sauce:
  • 1/2 cup milk

  • 1/4 cup half and half

  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

  • 2 tablespoons sugar

  • 3 egg yolks

Directions

  • For the Bread Pudding:
  • Preheat oven to 350°F/180°C. Place bread cubes in an 8×8 inch baking dish.
  • In a small saucepan over low heat, mix milk, butter, vanilla extract, sugar, cinnamon, and ground nutmeg. Take off the heat and cool completely.
  • Whisk in eggs. Pour mixture over bread cubes.
  • Bake for 45 to 50 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven and serve warm with vanilla sauce. Enjoy!
  • For the Vanilla Sauce:
  • In a small saucepan over low heat, mix together all ingredients until warm.
  • Serve over warm bread pudding and Enjoy!

When I started experimenting years ago with desserts and made my very first Bread Pudding, I was amazed that I had to use stale bread. Yes, you will need the bread to be a little hard, essentially stale. Any leftover bread that you have, don’t toss it. Make yourself a delicious Bread Pudding. You deserve it. And, just in case you are wondering, yes, bread pudding can be frozen. However, do not pour the sauce over it when you freeze the bread pudding. It will only make your pudding soggy. You can make the sauce in no time at all, so don’t fret.

Bread Pudding is most delicious when eaten warm. Add a dollop of ice cream and you might need seconds. This recipe is easy to make. I try my best to offer you quick and easy recipes. I also like to use what I have in my pantry. Maybe not Rum, but I did not use Rum for this particular Bread Pudding recipe. Perhaps, next time.

However, you choose to make and eat your Bread Pudding, do me a favor will you? Enjoy every Delicious bite, as if you are Celebrating New Orleans Style!

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