How to make bread pudding
Learn how to make bread pudding, a classic dessertAll it takes is a few ingredients. Some stale bread, milk, eggs, seasonings or spices. An oven. And a taste for a delicious side dish or dessert. Bread pudding is simple, comforting and delicious.
Years ago, no one needed to ask how to make bread pudding. The steps and basic ingredients were common knowledge. And the specifics varied depending on what was on hand.
What probably started as a way to use up stale, hard bread and common staples like milk and eggs is still one of the most popular winter desserts. And a lesser known version, the savory bread pudding, is making a come-back as a side dish with meat, vegetables or fish. Even if you've never made it, this is one of the simplest dishes to make. Ready to try?
Here are a few recipes to teach you how to make bread pudding.
Amish Bread Pudding -- a classic dessert recipe, the perfect ending for a Sunday dinner. Don't try to make this with skim milk or margarine. The whole milk )or even better half-and-half or cream) and butter are essential parts of the recipe.
2 cups whole milk (or 2 cups half&half or light cream)
1/4 cup real butter
2/3 cup dark brown sugar* (less if making sauce, below)
3 large eggs
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon real vanilla extract
3 cups bread, torn into small pieces (Italian or French bread works best)
1/2 cup raisins
1. In medium saucepan, over medium heat, heat milk, half-and-half or cream until a film forms over top. Add the butter, stirring until butter is melted. Cool to warm.
2. Soak raisins in warm water.
3. Combine sugar, eggs, cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla. Beat with an electric mixer at medium speed for 1 minute or by hand for about 3 minutes. Slowly add warm milk mixture.
4. Place the torn bread in a greased 1 1/2 quart casserole.
5. Drain raisins, then sprinkle over torn bread. Pour batter on top of bread.
6. Bake at 350 degrees F for 45 to 50 minutes or until set. Serve warm.
*If you make the sauce to put on top of your bread pudding, reduce the sugar in the bread pudding recipe to 1/3 cup. The sauce will use the other 1/3 cup.
Bread Pudding Sauce
1 cup whole milk
2 tablespoon real butter
1/3 cup granulated white sugar
1 teaspoon real vanilla
1 tablespoon flour
dash of salt
Mix all ingredients in a saucepan. Bring to a boil. Cook for 3 - 4 minutes, stirring constantly. Set aside for 5 minutes, then pour over warm bread pudding before serving.
Savory bread pudding
Unlike dessert bread puddings, savory puddings are served as a side dish. Instead of sugar, these puddings rely on cheeses, herbs and vegetables for their flavor. This recipe from a former Park City, Utah restaurant is a classic example of how to make bread pudding to accompany a special meal.
Savory Bread Pudding with Asparagus, Three Cheeses and Herbs
1 large loaf of French bread, cut or ripped into 1 1/2-inch pieces
1 pound fresh asparagus, trimmed, then cut into 1 1/2-inch lengths
6 large eggs
2 cups whole milk
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 cups grated Gruyère cheese
2 cups grated Swiss cheese
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/3 cup chopped fresh chives
1/3 cup chopped fresh parsley
1/3 cup chopped fresh marjoram
If the bread is not stale, place it on 2 large baking sheets. Let stand uncovered overnight to dry out.
Cook asparagus in medium pot of boiling salted water until crisp-tender, about 3 minutes. Drain well. Rinse them under cold running water to cool. Drain again well.
Whisk the eggs, milk, salt, and pepper in large bowl. Mix cheeses and herbs in medium bowl. Place half of French bread in 13x9x2-inch glass baking dish. Sprinkle with half of the asparagus, then half of cheese mixture. Pour half of egg mixture over the bread, cheese and veggies. Add another layer of bread, asparagus, cheese mixture, and egg mixture. Let the dish stand for 20 minutes, pressing with the back of the spatula to submerge bread pieces.
Preheat oven to 375°F. Bake bread pudding until brown and puffed, about 45 minutes. Cool 10 minutes, then serve warm.
No matter which type of bread pudding you decide to make, you'll soon find yourself creating your own variations. Learning how to make bread pudding will give you countless ways to treat your family to a delicious dessert or a sure-to-be-a-favorite side dish.