My bread pudding recipe is something that I have been making for my children for many years. It's the perfect recipe for those times when you find yourself with extra bread. More importantly, this recipe is perfect for those times when your kids are bugging you for french toast or pancakes on a Saturday morning, and you don't want to be stuck standing in front of the stove all morning! You can even assemble everything the night before, place it in the fridge, and throw it in the oven in the morning. What could be more simple than that? The bread does not have to be fresh. It actually works better if it is a bit stale. This is a great recipe because it is infinitely variable. It's a great way to use up the last bits of chocolate, nuts, dried fruit, jam, cream cheese, or anything else that strikes your fancy. This recipe goes together very quickly. I promise. Click "Read More" for the details!
Easy Bread Pudding
2 1/2 cups Milk
4 Large Eggs
2 tsp Ground Cinnamon
1 tsp Ground Cardamom
1 tsp *Almond or Vanilla Extract
1/2 cup *Chopped Dates
3/4 cup *Chopped Walnuts
1 Tbsp *Orange or Lemon Zest
*A drizzle of honey
* A sprinkling of brown sugar
* I used a 13 x 9 x 2 inch rectangular baking dish and 9 x 9 square dish. Use whatever you have on hand. You could even use a cast iron fry pan if you desire!
*These are all the things that I had on hand when the giant bag of bread arrived. You can vary the recipe by adding raisins, dried fruit, jam, cream cheese, nuts, chocolate chips, or just about anything else you may have lying around your kitchen. Simple or complex, it is really completely up to you. Enjoy!
Slice the bread into bite-sized pieces and place into a baking dish. Loosely arrange the bread in order to leave a bit of room for your other dry ingredients . Toss in your other dry ingredients (nuts, fruit, cheese, chocolate, etc...). Sprinkle everything in the pan with a bit of cinnamon.
Place the eggs, milk, cinnamon, cardamom, vanilla* and/or almond* extract, and citrus zest in a mixing bowl. Beat all of these ingredients together using a whisk.
Carefully pour the beaten egg/milk mixture over everything in the baking dish. Be sure to cover everything as much as possible. You want the bread to soak up everything.
Place into a 350 degree oven and bake for about 30 minutes until set.
Serve with maple syrup, jam, honey, or simply plain. It's all good! Enjoy your weekend! Peace :)