How to Make Bread Pudding Recipes - Oh, the smell of homemade bread pudding! How many of you as children remember all the things your mother did to stretch the food dollar? Mine tore the crust off of bread that was getting a bit moldy, added torn up bread to meat loaf to make a bigger loaf, made chicken one day and chicken gravy bread the next…and she made bread pudding with stale bread.
My Grandma's Bread Pudding Recipe
* 2 eggs, beat with fork before adding
* 2 ¼ c. milk
* 1 t. vanilla
* ½ t. cinnamon
* Pinch salt
* 2 c. stale bread, cut into cubes
* ½ c. brown sugar
* ½ c. raisins
Sprinkle top with more cinnamon. Bake in a baking dish set inside a pan of hot water to bake. The hot water should be about 1 inch deep. You can pour the water in after sitting the pans in the oven to avoid spilling it.
Bake at 350 degrees 45 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.
Bread pudding is one of those things that you can add more or less raisins or sugar or cinnamon and still come up with something your family will love waking up to.
Bread pudding doesn't have to be just for breakfast but it sure is a great way to draw kids up out of bed and into the kitchen to find out what smells so good! A pot of boiling water with cinnamon bark does the same thing, by the way.
It is best to start with dry bread that is several days old. Bread pudding is like banana bread. It's a delicious way to use up something the family isn't eating up fast enough and you don't want to see it go to waste…so you turn stale bread into fresh bread pudding!
If you are using fresh bread, just leave it out overnight uncovered so it will dry out some for a better end result.
You can add chopped apples, applesauce, raisins and/or nuts to your bread pudding recipe. You can experiment with different breads as each will provide a different texture and flavor.
It's the same as with French Toast. We made it with English muffin bread instead of regular bread one time and now that is the way we like it best.
Bread Pudding Toppings
Some restaurants top their bread pudding with drizzled caramel and others bake peach pieces on top. It's pretty hard to mess up bread pudding, so go ahead and stir in a little fruit cocktail or dried apricots or other dried fruit or sprinkle brown sugar over the top before or after baking or try something you think up yourself and see how you like it.
Try using up the last of the eggnog in your bread pudding recipe sometime.
If my bread pudding recipe called for whole milk and all I had was canned milk, I would mix it half and half with water and add it. Or if I had neither, I would mix up some powdered milk and add an extra egg for richer flavor.
If my recipe called for raisins and all I had were golden raisins or dried cranberries, I would add these to my bread pudding recipe. You can use white or brown sugar.
Always remember that someone somewhere made up the bread pudding recipe and other recipes you are using so there is every reason to believe that you can make up new recipes, too.
Have fun creating your own bread pudding recipe and other recipes. Start with a basic recipe and add whatever you'd like to it to make it your own.