Ultimate Bread Pudding

Recipe by riffraff
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READY IN: 1hr 20mins
SERVES: 8
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
  • 3 12
    cups whole milk
  • 1
    cup sugar
  • 1
    vanilla bean, split lengthwise
  • 7
    large eggs
  • 5
    large egg yolks
  • 2 12
  • 6
    cups bread, cut into 1 inch cubes
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DIRECTIONS

  • Note: bread can be any non-savory firm textured bread.
  • Avoid soft supermarket bread- makes pudding mushy and avoid rustic crusty loaves with open crumb- doesn't absorb and yields too firm a pudding.
  • Whole wheat cinnamon raisin works well, but a brioche or challah work the best.
  • Preheat oven to 350, butter a 13x9 baking dish.
  • Whisk milk and sugar in a saucepan over medium heat.
  • Meanwhile scrape vanilla bean into milk mixture and throw in pods.
  • Heat to steaming, but not boiling.
  • Discard vanilla pods.
  • Whisk eggs and yolks in a large bowl, gradually add 2 cups of hot milk mixture, then pour egg mixture into the saucepan with the hot milk.
  • Strain and whisk in cream.
  • Spread bread cubes in prepared dish.
  • Slowly pour custard over bread being sure to saturate all of the bread.
  • Bake in the center of the oven for about 1 hour or until a small knife inserted in the center of the pudding comes out clean.
  • Serve warm or chilled with whipped cream or caramel sauce.
  • Note: you can add raisins, currents, dried cranberries, sour cherries or any other dried fruit you like.
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