Pudding: Preheat oven to 300
degrees F (150 degrees C) and place rack in center of oven. Lightly grease
with butter, or spray with a non stick vegetable spray, a 9 x 13 x 2 inch (23 x
33 x 5 cm)
heatproof baking dish. Place the baking dish into a larger
roasting pan that has enough room around its sides to fill with water.
Place the bread cubes and fruit (if
using) in the baking dish.
Custard: In an electric mixer
(or with a hand mixer), beat the eggs and sugar on high speed until thick and
lemon colored (about 4-5 minutes) (when beater is raised the batter will fall
back into bowl in a slow ribbon). Beat in the vanilla extract and ground
cinnamon. Then beat in the melted and cooled butter and cream and/or milk.
Carefully pour (or ladle) the prepared custard over the
bread cubes until completely covered. Press down the bread cubes so they are covered with
water bath. (A water bath is used to provide temperature protection for the egg custard.) Carefully pour in enough hot water so that the water is halfway up
sides of the 9 x 13 inch baking pan. Bake about 1 hour or until toothpick inserted in the
center comes out clean. Another way to judge whether the pudding is
fully baked, is to gently press down on the center of the pudding. If any
custard comes up to the top, the pudding needs to be baked a little longer. Remove the bread pudding from the water bath and cool slightly before serving.
Can be served
warm or cold with a dusting of confectioners' sugar and a dollop of softly
whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.
Serves about 8 - 10 people
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(2 L) bread cubes, cut into bite sized
choices are French, Broiche, Challah, Croissant, Italian,
and/or Panettone. The bread can be fresh or stale and crusts can be left
on or removed.)
peeled and cored apple, diced
1/2 cup (120 ml) sultanas
1 cup (200
grams) granulated white sugar
teaspoons pure vanilla extract
teaspoon ground cinnamon
(57 grams) unsalted
butter, melted and cooled
4 cups (960 ml) of heavy cream, light
cream, half & half, milk,
or a combination thereof