I made this the other night using stale banana nut bread, and it was divine. The only thing I’ll do differently next time is to cut down on the sugar if using a sweet bread.
- 2 cups milk
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 3 eggs
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 cups bread, torn into chunks
- 1/2 cup dried cherries, chopped
Preheat the oven to 350.
Heat the milk to scalding. I just measured the milk into a Pyrex measuring cup and nuked it. Much easier than dirtying a pan to scald milk. Add the butter and stir it in so it melts. Cool to lukewarm.
Whisk together the eggs, cinnamon, vanilla, and sugar. Slowly whisk in the milk and butter mixture.
Grease a 9×9 baking pan – it would have fit fine in a 9×11, instead – and add the bread. Sprinkle the cherries over the bread, then slowly pour the custard mix over everything.
Bake for 45-50 minutes. Serve warm. Or cold. It’s fantastic cold.