In view of the baffling negative reviews I decided to make some clarifications. PLEASE, READ THIS BEFORE YOU START. (Caveat: if you are counting calories or don't like sweet, this is NOT for you.) I have made this recipe at least once a year for the last 5 years; it always comes out perfect. On the matter of the CONSISTENCY OF THE BAKED PUDDING: I let it cool down completely after baking and it gets pretty solid; remember: this is not a cake, but a pudding, it will NOT be “dry.” (Use a very large baking dish, for this is a very big pudding.) Also, I skip the bain-marie step and maybe this changes its consistency? About the BREAD: I use what the recipe specifies, one loaf of Pepperidge Farm Cinnamon-Swirl bread. I don’t remove the crusts and even use the ends. This is the link to the Pepperidge Farm web site: http://www.pepperidgefarm.com/ProductDetail.aspx?catID=745. On the PRALINE SAUCE: if you follow the instructions it will not come out runny, believe me.