Bread pudding

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Posted on 02/01/2013 by superbadgirl
bread pudding 007

First, a tip: don't go to the nearest bakery outlet and stock up on $1 loaves of bread, unless you're not a goober like me and know how much to get. I had no clue how to gauge how many cups a loaf would contain. I bought three. I used about three quarters of ONE. LOL, the more you know. None of you will be goobers now! You're welcome. ;)

Anyway.

I used this recipe.

Ingredients:
6 1/4 cups cubed whole wheat bread
1 1/4 cups milk
1 egg, beaten
1/3 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup raisins
1/4 cup dried mixed fruit
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon ground nutmeg
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
2. In a large bowl, combine bread and milk, and set aside to soak for 5 minutes. Then stir in egg, butter, raisins, mixed fruit, brown sugar, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Mix well. Press the mixture into a 9-inch square baking pan.
3. Bake in preheated oven until golden and firm to touch, about 35 minutes. Leave in baking pan to cool, then cut into squares.

bread pudding 002

bread pudding 004


All I did to change this up was use raisins and cranberries only and soak them in kirschwasser, and adjust the seasoning because I ran out of nutmeg. I used some allspice and ginger and a dash of cardamom. If I were to do it over, and it looks like I will be due to the copious amounts of dry bread I now have on hand, I would most definitely reduce the butter. It's got a very, very lovely buttery taste, but it's a smidge on the too-much side for my taste.

Time to clear a space in the freezer. I have an inkling that these little babies will be a go-to breakfast item. Imagine the slices made like French toast. I have just the maple-agave syrup blend I want to try with that!
the_tao_of_lu 3rd-Feb-2013 08:16 am (UTC)
That looks wicked good.
superbadgirl 3rd-Feb-2013 05:31 pm (UTC)
It's pretty tasty.
r05km 3rd-Feb-2013 10:42 am (UTC)
In England this is called a bread and butter pudding, with a few differences. I make it by leaving the slices of bread in relatively whole pieces; maybe just cut into quarters, which I then butter as if I was making a sandwich, so you don't use so much. Then I layer it up in the dish with the dried fruit, spice and sugar, bung on the egg mix (sometimes enriched with a couple of tablespoons of thick cream), put it in the oven and it's done. I couldn't imagine eating it for -breakfast- though! For me, this is most certainly an after-dinner treat!
superbadgirl 3rd-Feb-2013 05:30 pm (UTC)
I think there are probably bread and butter recipes out there. I went with this one based on the reviews, tbh.
fifthrow 4th-Feb-2013 07:49 pm (UTC)
(this recipe isn't british though....)
superbadgirl 4th-Feb-2013 07:54 pm (UTC)
Okay. I guess it isn't then, despite it being called that and some of the reviewers to the original recipe indicating it is...

My mistake for apparently misinterpreting such comments as "A TRUE British bread pudding recipe, thank you. Every bit as good as my mother and grandmother made."

All apologies.
tmtaly 3rd-Feb-2013 12:53 pm (UTC)
good
sashimi_salad 3rd-Feb-2013 01:53 pm (UTC)
What you can do is to freeze the extra loaves.
superbadgirl 3rd-Feb-2013 05:31 pm (UTC)
Yes, I'm aware. As a single person, though, even in the freezer I've got bread that'll last me six months or be tossed due to freezer burn.
killer432 4th-Feb-2013 09:10 pm (UTC)
i might try to make some of this thank you :D
prizewheel 8th-Feb-2013 09:03 pm (UTC)
This one is a must try...
lvashkov 1st-Mar-2013 02:07 pm (UTC)
YUM
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