Bread Pudding I

3 eggs
1 1/4 cups sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/4 teaspoons freshly ground/grated nutmeg
1 1/4 teaspoons cinnamon
1/4 cup unsalted melted butter
1 1/2 cups whole milk
1/2 cup heavy cream or half and half
1/2 cup raisins
5 - 6 cups coarsely chopped stale good quality french bread

Beat eggs well; add sugar, vanilla, nutmeg, cinnamon and butter. Beat for a couple of minutes on high, then add milk and cream, then raisins.

Fill greased loaf tin with bread cubes and cover with liquid. Let sit a while (30 minutes or so) and add more liquid when the bread has soaked up the first batch.

Using a water bath, place pudding in a 350 degree oven and lower temperature immediately to 300 degrees and bake about 45 minutes. Raise temperature to 425 degrees to brown top - about 15 more minutes.

I like it served cold with heavy cream or custard sauce (Cream Anglais).


Fast Alternative: (No water bath, uses a shallow pan, cooks nicely.)

Bread Pudding II


6 slices day-old bread
2 tablespoons butter, melted 1/2 cup raisins (optional)
4 eggs, beaten


2 cups milk
3/4 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Break bread into small pieces into an 8 inch square baking pan. Drizzle melted butter or margarine over bread. If desired, sprinkle with raisins.

In a medium mixing bowl, combine eggs, milk, sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla. Beat until well mixed. Pour over bread, and lightly push down with a fork until bread is covered and soaking up the egg mixture.

Bake in the preheated oven for 45 minutes, or until the top springs back when lightly tapped.

– recipe contributed by ellenmarie