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Web's Best Recipe Bread Pudding

Who doesn't enjoy a great recipe for bread pudding? My friend is a chocolate maven, but even so, she's been known to bypass her beloved chocolate in favor of a bowl of bread pudding.

Bread pudding is a dessert treat that's been with us for centuries, but never loses popularity. An excellent way to use up stale bread, this dessert has been traced to medieval times. It was served in hollowed out loaves of bread known as "sops."

Below you'll find recipes for three favorite bread puddings. As you can see, bread pudding can be a simple, fast and easy family dessert or an elaborate gourmet dish suitable for entertaining.

Enjoy!

Tip: Recipe bread pudding is flexible. You can substitute dried honey-glazed donuts, cakes, or other baked items for some or all of the bread. Or, add fresh or canned fruit, dried fruit, chocolate chips, trail mix or any other goodies for a somewhat different offering of recipe bread pudding.

#1 Recipe Bread Pudding

2 slightly-beaten eggs
2 1/4 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
2 cup bread cubes
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup raisins or chopped dates

Combine all ingredients. Pour into greased baking dish. Sprinkle additional brown sugar and cinnamon on top. Dot with butter.

Bake in a 350 degree oven until pudding is set but not dry.

Serve recipe bread pudding warm or cold.

#2 Recipe Bread Pudding with Whiskey Sauce

3 eggs
1 1/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 tsp nutmeg. Tip: Professional chefs recommend using fresh spices rather than dried. You'll need a good spice grater, such as the Microplane 40016 Classic Black Spice Grater
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 c unsalted butter
2 1/4 cup milk
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup chopped pecans
5 cup stale french bread cubed
1 apple, chopped
2 eggs
2 cup icing sugar
1/2 lb unsalted butter
1/4 cup whisky

Beat eggs until frothy. Add sugar, nutmeg, vanilla and cinnamon, and beat until well blended.

In a saucepan, heat the butter and milk until the butter is just melted. Mix together raisins, pecans and bread cubes. Combine the milk and egg mixtures, pour this over the bread and soak for 45 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease individual ramekins or a large loaf pan. Add the apple to the bread pudding, and spoon mixture into the baking container. Place in oven and reduce heat to 300 degrees F. Bake for 40 minutes then increase heat to 425 degree and bake for 15 minutes, or until browned.

Sauce for Recipe Bread Pudding
Combine 2 eggs and icing sugar. Melt butter in a double boiler then whisk in egg mixture. Stir constantly until sugar has melted and sauce has thickened slightly. Allow to cool, and add bourbon. Serve over recipe bread pudding.

#3 Recipe Bread Pudding with Rum

1 1/2 cup milk
1 1/2 cup whipping cream
1 vanilla pod
1 sm loaf of stale French bread
4 tbsp soft butter for spread
1/2 cup raisins that have been plumped in water
zest of 1 lemon OR zest of 1 orange, finally grated. Tip: Zesting citrus fruit is a lot simpler if you have a good zesting tool like the OXO Good Grips Lemon Zester at your disposal.
1/4 cup sugar
4 eggs
4 additional egg yolks
1 oz dark rum
2 tbsp sugar, for sprinkling

Place milk, cream and vanilla pod in sauce pan and slowly bring almost to the boiling point. Remove from heat and allow to stand for 30 minutes. Remove vanilla pod, if used.

Cut the bread into thick slices. Removing crusts is optional. Spread each slice with butter, and cut into quarters.

Butter a large baking dish and place 1/3 of the buttered bread on the bottom. Sprinkle with half the raisins, zest, and sugar. Add another 1/3 of the bread and sprinkle with remaining raising, zest and sugar.

Put remaining bread with butter side up on top.

In a separate bowl, beat the eggs and yolks with the milk, cream and rum. Pour this mixture down the side of the baking dish but avoid wetting the top layer. Add additional milk if necessary. Sprinkle top of recipe bread pudding with sugar.

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Place baking dish in roasting pan that contains a shallow layer of boiling water. Bake for about 35 minutes until the pudding is set and the top is brown.

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