Dreamy French Bread Pudding

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READY IN: 1hr 5mins
SERVES: 8-10
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
  • 1
    lb loaf French bread, day old
  • 2
    egg yolks
  • 3
    tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 12
    cups unbleached cane sugar
  • 14
    cup fresh orange juice
  • 2
    teaspoons orange zest, finely minced
  • 14
    teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1
    teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3
    cups rice milk (Rice Dream enriched, vanilla flavored)
  • 12
    cup raisins or 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 12
    cup sliced almonds (optional)
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DIRECTIONS

  • Preheat oven to 375°F.
  • Lightly grease a 13" x 9" baking dish. Tear or cube the French bread into 1" pieces and place in the baking dish.
  • In a mixing bowl, beat the eggs, egg yolks, butter, 1 1/4 cups sugar, orange juice, zest and vanilla extract. Set 1/4 cup of sugar aside.
  • Add the nutmeg, cinnamon and Rice Dream to the egg mixture; whisking well until blended. Stir in the raisins and nuts if using.
  • Pour the mixture over the French bread then lightly stir the mixture to coat and to prevent the bread pudding from burning.
  • Let stand for 10 minutes to allow the bread to absorb the mixture.
  • Cover the baking dish with aluminum foil. Bake for 35 minutes, remove foil and sprinkle top with the remaining 1/4 cup sugar.
  • Baked uncovered for another 30-40 minutes, or until the top is golden and pudding "puffs" up. Add the almonds last 10-15 minutes of baking.
  • Serve warm. Dollop with non dairy topping or fresh whipping cream if desired.
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