As I must have said already along my blog posts I LOVE bread! It's one of my soft spots and I love having it toasted in the morning, with some good quality butter and a hit cup of coffee. Also grilled toasts are a hit around here and with so many possible ingredient combinations you can never get bored!
I decided to give bread pudding a try because, oddly enough, I have never cooked it before. Now I'm already thinking about this sweet, soft, cozy bread pudding on a snow day, like the one we're having today. here in Scotch Plains, on the day that I'm writing this blog post! We're having a snow storm today so the schools are closed and the kids are eager to bake something...I'm hping for chocolate chip cookies!
Well, after trying this out I must say thta we all loved the end reuslta and it will be something that I will be baking again, for sure! It's like dessert and breakfast in one spoonfull! I'm sue there are a lot of different recipes but I just went with what I like and add it to the mix!
As for the bread I chose Challah because I love the slightly sweet flavor and the soft, fluffy texture. It worked perfectly and I'll use it again for other desserts that include bread.
1 - Measure you ingredients and get them all on the counter to simplify the assembly process.
2 - Preheat the oven to 425 F.
3 - Slice the Challah bread and cut them in medium size cubes. Drop them on a baking dish.
4 - Get the wet ingredients mixed up: on a big cup or bowl add the milk. the cream and the eggs. Mix everything together until all the ingredients are well incorporated. Add the ground cinnamon and stir the mix again.
5 - On top of the bread lay all the other ingredients: the brown sugar, the sultanas/raisins, the cranberries and the pecan nuts, reserving some to add after pouring the liquid ingredients over the bread.
6 - Bake the bread pudding in the oven for about 35-40 minutes, making sure to check by the end to prevent burning. By this point the wet ingredients should have cooked and not be runny at all, but the pudding will still be moist enough.
7 - I covered it with some simple icing, just powder sugar mixed with a bit of water and lemon juice and it was the perfect final touch. Just a drizzle, not to be over powerful.
This turned out to be a delicious dessert and even my youngest, Miss B, which is usually not a sweet treat fan, loved it! Success accomplished! I''m already thinking about different breads I can use and different toppings to give this recipe a twist!
What about you, do you like bread pudding? What are your favorite add-ons?