Prep 1 hr 15 mins
Cook 20 mins
My mom made this for Christmas morning. It came from Parade magazine.
- 1 loaf French bread, stale
- 1 quart milk
- 3 eggs
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons pure vanilla extract
- 1 cup dried cherries
- heavy cream, for serving
- Cut bread in 1-inch cubes and place in a bowl. Pour milk over it; let stand for 1 hour.
- Preheat the oven to 325°F Butter the bottom and sides of a 9x13x2-inch oven-to-table baking dish.
- In another bowl, beat together the eggs, sugar, and vanilla. Stir this into the bread mixture. Add the dried cherries.
- Pour into the prepared baking dish. Bake on the middle rack of the oven for about 1 hour and 10 minutes, or until golden brown. Cool to room temperature, cover with aluminum foil, and refrigerate overnight.
- Remove from the refrigerator 30 minutes before reheating. Reheat, covered with foil, at 325°F for 15 to 20 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature. Pass a pitcher of cream to moisten.
Made this recipe for PAC 2010. Very yummy. Added a few dried kiwi pieces as I was low on cherries.
I made this today. We had gotten 2 quarts of soup from Panera and I didnt want the bread that came with it to go to waste. I let the bread soak the milk for around 2.5 hours (Panera's bread is very crusty) and I had about 3 to 4 oz less than a full quart of milk so I added an extra egg. I also added freshly ground nutmeg. I sereved it at room temperature with a homemade butterscotch sauce. It was awesome! There will be no leftovers to reheat.