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How to Make Bread Pudding

March 12th, 2012 Cooking

Bread pudding is a delightful dish that you can serve to your entire family. It's a wonderful dessert and is fairly easy to prepare. It also makes for a delicious breakfast if you're in a hurry. If you have a special occasion coming up or would simply like to surprise your loved ones with something new, give it a shot!

According to the Reluctant Gourmet, bread pudding dates back to the 19th century when it was a common Christmas treat. Of course, even if it isn't the holidays you can enjoy the stuff. First, you'll want to make a custard.

Ingredients
1 quart half and half
1 cup sugar
1 oz. vanilla extract
6 eggs
6 egg yolks

Mix the milk and sugar and bring to a boil. Meanwhile, whisk the eggs and egg yolks together. When the milk boils, very slowly start to add it to the eggs in a thin stream. Make sure to whisk constantly and don't pour too fast, or you'll end up scrambling the eggs. Strain the mixture into a bowl and skim and any foam that rises. Now add the vanilla extract.

For the rest, you'll need about six slices of day-old bread and two tablespoons of melted butter, according to AllRecipes. Break the bread into even pieces in an eight-inch baking pan. Drizzle the butter on top and sprinkle with raisins, if you like. Add the custard and lightly push down with a fork so that the bread is covered and starts to soak it up.

Bake the bread in a 350-degree oven for about 45 minutes, or until the top of the bread springs back up when you tap it lightly.