How Do You Make Bread Pudding?


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To make bread pudding, combine any crusty bread cut into cubes with a sweet custard or pudding and spices. Bake the mixture in a casserole dish at approximately 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 40 to 45 minutes, or until an inserted knife comes out clean.

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How Do You Make Bread Pudding?
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While many variations exist, the basic steps to prepare bread pudding remain mostly consistent from recipe to recipe. You can personalize a bread pudding recipe by using different types of bread, spices and forms of presentation.

Martha Stewart's recipe calls for 1 1/2 pounds of ciabatta or challah, 12 tablespoons of butter, 4 cups of half-and-half, 1 cup of packed light brown sugar and 5 large eggs. Additional ingredients include 1/2 cup of sugar, 3 tablespoons of vanilla extract and 1 cup of raisins. Combine the cubed bread and the half-and-half. Set the mixture aside at room temperature. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Melt the butter in a medium saucepan. Remove the melted butter from the heat, and stir in the sugar and the vanilla. Pour the butter-and-sugar mixture over the moistened bread cubes. Transfer the bread to a baking dish, and sprinkle the raisins over it. Cover the baking dish with parchment paper-lined aluminum foil, and bake for 55 minutes. Remove the foil, and bake the pudding until it appears golden brown, or another 10 to 15 minutes.

Betty Crocker offers a very similar recipe, except that it entails milk instead of half-and-half and calls for a dash of cinnamon or nutmeg.

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