On a lighter note … ever heard of BREAD PUDDING?

Here’s a recipe for a delicious pudding … or even main dish, just the way you wish. You can pep it up with mouthwatering sauces which make this dish a real treat! The recipe is very easy so .. here it goes:

INGREDIENTS

10 slices of day-old bread
3 1/2 tablespoons of melted butter
about a cup raisins (optional)
about 8 eggs, beaten
3 1/2 cups milk
1 1/4 cups white suger
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

DIRECTIONS

1- Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C)

2- Break bread into small pieces on the bottom of an 8-inch (or rectangle, doesn’t matter) baking pan. Drizzle melted butter or margerine over the bread. If desired, sprinkle with raisins. (hint: you MAY want to add walnuts or cashews …)

3 – In a medium mixing bowl, combine eggs, milk, suger, cinnamon and vanilla. Beat until well mixed. Pour over bread, lightly push down with fork until bread is cvered and soaking up the egg mixture.

4 – Bake in the pre-heated over for 45 minutes or until the top springs back when lightly tapped.

I absolutely LOOOOVE to eat it with either vanilla or Bourbon sauce!

* For Burbon sauce you mix …
1 cup granulated sugar 6 tablespoons butter, melted 1/2 cup buttermilk 1 tablespoon (or more!) Bourbon 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1 tablespoon white corn syrup 1 teaspoon vanilla.

* … and for Vanilla sauce :

INGREDIENTS

1 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
2 tablespoons butter
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
pinch salt

PREPARATION:

Bring water to a boil in a small saucepan. Combine sugar and cornstarch, blend well. Add sugar and cornstarch mixture to boiling water; reduce heat to medium, stirring constantly, and cook until thickened. Remove from heat and add the butter, vanilla, and salt, stirring until butter is melted. Spoon over dessert.
Makes 3/4 cup.

ENJOY!!!

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