Cold nights call for warm bread pudding

posted by harlie in food

We just spent four days in Tahoe with five other couples. I made this for dessert on our last night there. I’d post a photo of the bread pudding (which we served with blood orange sauce), but it got eaten too quickly. Maybe next time.

Bread Pudding

1 lb loaf day-old challah*
8 large eggs
3 1/2 cups whole milk
1 1/2 cups whipping cream
2 cups sugar (white, brown, or a combination)
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon fresh-ground nutmeg*
1 cup golden raisins*

Butter a 13x9x2 dish.

In a separate bowl, combine all ingredients except bread and raisins/cherries. Mix until eggs are well incorporated. Refrigerate custard mixture for at least 2 hours, overnight is best.

Cut bread into cubes and place in a very large mixing bowl. Add raisins and custard and mix until combined. Pour all into baking dish. Refrigerate a minimum of 2 hours.

Bake at 350°F for 1 hour, 15 minutes.

Serve warm with sauce or sweetened whipped cream. Also great for breakfast the next day.

* We used cinnamon bread from a kosher bakery instead of challah, cinnamon instead of nutmeg, and dried cranberries instead of raisins. Because cranberries worked better with the blood orange sauce and because I don’t like raisins. It turned out wonderfully.

per the Mr: We were short a couple of blood oranges for the sauce, but another couple had randomly brought up their organic veggie/fruit basket. They happened to have a few blood oranges they had no idea how they were going to use. God, I love the Bay Area.

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