How to Make Bread Pudding

Bread pudding has been a dessert staple since the middle ages. Try a warm dish of this satisfying treat on a cold winter night.

You will need

  • 1 lb. white or egg bread (4 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 1 c. raisins
  • chocolate chips
  • or berries
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 c. sugar
  • 1u00bd tsp. vanilla extract
  • u00bd tsp. cinnamon
  • 2 c. milk
  • 2 c. light cream
  • 2 tablespoons rum or brandy
  • Vanilla ice cream or whipped cream
  • 9" x 13" baking dish
  • A whisk or mixer
  • A large pan or roaster

Step 1 Break the bread Tear or cut the bread into bite-size pieces to get 9 to 10 cups of bread.

Step 2 Fill the baking pan Lightly grease the baking dish and then add the bread pieces. Mix in the raisins, chocolate chips, or berries.

Step 3 Melt the butter Melt the butter and set it aside to cool.

Step 4 Make custard Beat the eggs and sugar with a whisk or mixer for 4 minutes, until they’re thick and light yellow. Add the vanilla and cinnamon, and then beat in the cooled butter, the milk and cream, and the rum or brandy.

Step 5 Add the custard to the bread Pour the custard over the bread. Make sure all of the bread pieces are submerged.

Step 6 Draw a hot bath Place the baking dish inside a large pan or roaster. Add hot water to the pan until it reaches halfway up the side of the baking dish.

Step 7 Bake Bake in a 350 degree oven for an hour. When a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, the pudding is done.

Step 8 Top and eat Let the pudding cool briefly before serving. Top it with ice cream or whipped cream, and enjoy.