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things to do with stale bread
bread pudding

Bread pudding just might be my boy's favorite dessert in the world. Never mind that it's one of the easiest, cheapest desserts you can make. I find it's best made with white bread, which produces a better texture in the finished pudding, although I've been known to toss in some whole wheat and even multi-grain bread into the mix.

Enough " bread cubes to fill an 8" square pan, at least half white (you'll probably need about 8 slices or so of bread to begin with; slice or tear up the bread into largish bits)
3 cups milk, skim's fine (though fattier will be richer-tasting)
stick butter (4 Tbsp.)
1 tsps ground cinnamon
cup sugar
3 eggs
extra sugar for sprinkling on top

serves 6-8

1 Preheat the oven to 350F.
2 Toss the milk, butter, cinnamon and sugar into a saucepan, and heat gently over medium heat, until the butter's melted.
3 While the milk mixture's warming up, butter up the 8" square baking pan. Fill it up to the brim with bread bits.
4 Pour the milk mixture over the bread, making sure to cover all the bread. Let it sit for about five minutes. Push down any stray bits of bread that pop their head above the surface of the liquid; you want to make sure the bread gets good and soaked.
5 Beat the eggs. After letting the bread cubes soak for a few minutes, pour the egg over the top, and stir it all up until the egg's nicely incorporated. Sprinkle the whole shebang with some sugar, and set the pan into a larger baking dish. Add hot water to the big baking dish, to about an inch or so from the top of the dish. Slide it all into the oven.
6 Bake for about 45 minutes to an hour. The pudding will be puffy and golden when it's done; stick a knife into the center and if it comes out pretty much clean, the pudding's ready to come out. Enjoy it warm (with vanilla ice cream for an extra tasty treat), or cold. Bread pudding keeps just dandy for at least a couple of days; just cover and store in the fridge.


more things to do with stale bread:
panzanella  | cinnamon french toast | baked french toast | upside down apple french toast

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