Bread Pudding

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.

Kim

3 Responses

  1. When I make banana nut bread I never get any that goes stale. First day it’s eaten warm maybe with butter. The next day it’s eaten toasted with either butter or cream cheese. The third day just never seems to come.

    When making B.N.B, ever try replacing the fat (shorting/butter) with applesauce?

  2. I made two loaves this time, which is why it stuck around long enough to get stale.

    I’ve never tried replacing butter with applesauce ever. Though the banana bread recipe I use takes 2 sticks of butter, so it could certainly use a little lightening.

  3. Next time I will bake two loaves so I can try the bread pudding recipe.

    Some time ago I heard about doing the swap and tried it with the recipe from the Betty Crocker cookbook. Came out nice and moist the first time and I have done the swap ever since. Lets me use the spread of butter or cream cheese with less guilt.

    It’s not completely fat free with the eggs and the pan still needs greasing. Replacement is 1 for 1, so two sticks of butter would be 1 cup of applesauce. Not wanting to commit to no butter, using 1/2 stick of butter with 3/4 cup applesauce should work.