A few weeks back I mentioned that my children surprised me by loving bread pudding.  In fact, Miss 16 sent me a text requesting the bread pudding instead of cake for her birthday.  Anyway since my post, I’ve been getting requests for the recipe.  Unfortunately, I haven’t had a chance to make another one so there aren’t any pictures to go with the post but I wanted to share the recipe with you all anyway.

I tweaked the recipe a bit to fit my family’s taste (they love dried fruits) so I encourage you to do the same.  Please stop back by and let me know what you think after you’ve tried it.

6 Slices of day old bread (I use hard rolls)
2 TBS butter
1/4 Cup raisins and/or cranberries
1/4 Cup dried apples, figs, apricots (diced)
4 eggs (beaten)
2 Cups milk
3/4 Cup white sugar
1/2 TSP ground nutmeg
1/2 TSP ground cinnamon
1 TSP vanilla extract

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
2. Break bread into pieces into a greased baking dish. Drizzle with melted butter. Sprinkle with dried fruits.
3. In a mixing bow, combine eggs, milk, sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon and vanilla. Pour over the bread. Using a fork, push bread down until it is completely moistened (if you don’t get it moistened completely, the bread will be hard!).
4. Bake in the preheated oven for 45 minutes.

Serve warm or cold. This is terrific as a breakfast food or a desert. You can also add walnuts or pecans for extra oomph.  And never ever forget the coffee!

This recipe was adapted from a combination of recipes in Live Longer and allrecipes.com