Sweet & Savory Bread Pudding-Jam it Up!
Bread Pudding is a wonderful comfort food and so simple to make. You can dress it up or down, and it takes basic ingredients!! What I like the most about it is you can use all of that old bread (croissants, rolls, Danish, PRETZELS-whatever you have that is getting stale!!) in it and don't have to waste it!!! Those items just give it more flavor!!
Here is the recipe that I use, but as always feel free to change it up and add your own additions, based on what is in your fridge, or that your family likes to eat!!
1-1/12 loaves (or equivalent) stale bread
2 Cups Milk
2 Cups Cream
3 Cups Brown Sugar
Vanilla Bean (scraped)
1 tsp Nutmeg
Additions: Your call, you can add fruit, veggies, chocolate, anything you need to get rid of from your fridge (rosemary and Lemon zest), Chocolate chips and coconut, bacon & cheese... apples, pears, you call it!
Butter (Or pan spray)
Grease pan with butter (I like to use butter because it actually gives a buttery flavor to the bottom of the pudding.. be generous!! glob it on!
Whip all liquids, sugar, eggs and seasonings together in a bowl with a pour spout until fluffy.
Tear up stale bread and layer the bottom of a 9x13 pan (cover it so you cannot see the bottom of the pan.)
Add in any additions: Bacon, sliced apples, fruit, chocolate, cranberries (dried), jam, orange zest, cheese (grated), coconut, YOUR CALL!
Add another layer of bread to until "additions" are covered.
Do this until you have three layers of each, with the additions being on the top. Sprinkle with a little bit of Sea salt.
Gently pour the liquid over the bread trying to moisten the top of all of the bread. Cover with tin foil or plastic wrap and place another plan, or some heavy mason jars on top of the foil so that it squishes the bread into the liquid and it all gets squishy!! Let sit overnight, or if you are pressed for time about 15 minutes. (till the bread is soaked!)
Remove plastic wrap..
Bake at 350 for 50 minutes. Cover very loosely with tin foil for the first 40 minutes, then remove for the last 15 minutes- it is going to rise, but it will also brown, you want it brown and toasty, but not black!
Enjoy served warm with a drizzle of jam, or Apple Cider Syrup!! YUM!