Fabulous Bread Pudding Recipe

I went to the shelter yesterday to drop off food and for the first time I saw their bread room.  I can not even tell you how horrified I was.  It was full of donated bread that was so stale you could have used it as baseball bat.  I really have to wonder how people justify donating this trash to the homeless.  Do they think they are lesser people than the rest of us and don't deserve fresh food?  I think not!  I went through it and found what was salvageable and promised them I would make something good for them to eat.  With some of it, I made bread pudding.
This is my favorite bread pudding recipe.  I have never had better. Start by cutting 8 cups of semi stale bread into cubes.

In a heavy pot, mix 3/4 C. dark brown sugar, 3 C.whole milk, 4 T. butter, 1 tsp. cinnamon, 1 tsp. vanilla extract, 1 C. raisins.  Cook over medium heat until the butter melts and the sugar dissolves. Do not let this boil.

Beat 4 eggs and temper them with some of the milk mixture and then mix them both together.

This is the bread they gave to me.  The homeless are now giving me food!

Once again, blogger decides how to load my pics....grrr! Add 2 thinly sliced bananas to the bread.

This is me tempering the eggs.

Pour the mixture over the bread.  Bake this at 350 degrees for 50 minutes.  Do not overcook it.  When you shake the pan a bit it should not move around in the middle.  Test it with a toothpick.

For the sauce, add 1/3 C. of heavy cream, 1 C of sugar and 1/2 C of butter in a heavy sauce pan.  Cook over medium heat whisking until the butter melts and the sugar dissolves.  Add 1 T. vanilla extract.

I bought them some ice cream so they will each get a piece of this topped with a scoop of ice cream and a ladle of the vanilla sauce.


Anonymous said…
I've never even heard of bread pudding before! looks tasty though and I love anything with bananas :-) I'll try this later when spring arrives, Tomorrow I'll make an apple pie instead :-)

Have a great day!
Patty Woodland said…
I'm not a big fan of bread pudding. I'm sure it was a big treat though
Nellie said…
You have found a way to "make lemonade from lemons." Marvelous treat!
My grandma had a bread pudding recipe that's been lost to us. I think I will pass yours along to my mother.
I am a huge fan of bread pudding - especially with your sauce, I am sure it must have been delicious and very satistifying, so good of you.
I haven't had bread pudding in years. Yours looks delicious and I'm sure they loved it.
We love bread pudding, we especially like it with raisins, I like the bananas!

So kind of you to make this for them!
gloriahanaway said…
You are suce a gem! I have been thinking about all the problems you had peeling eggs a while back and I have found adding salt to the water greatly adds to the ease of peeling. I have tried 3 different times and the more salt, the easier they were to peel. Also, my father was a baker all his life and I learned you could take bread so hard you could hit a baseball with it and freshen it by passing it under tap water. Make sure all the bread gets wet. Bake it in the oven misting with water as necessary to keep the oven humid. This worked great when I was a child. The bread would be as soft as when it was fresh baked. It also worked for stale pastries, cake, doughnuts, etc. Hope this info can help you.
Sandy said…
They there my friend,
I want to say thank you for helping the homeless. You're a beautiful lady with a big heart. People who donate food need to realize because a person is homeless doesn't make them less of a person. I can't understand why someone would donate all hard bread. Like you, I help when it's possible with our church pantry and I go to our local homeless shelter and bring groceries.

Your bread pudding looks and sounds amazing. Everyone is going to love it, and probably want you to make more :-) and that is a good thing.

I also wanted to mention, I love your new header page.
Barb said…

What a great example of changing lemons to lemonade. I don't understand why you would give nasty things to people!!
Raven said…
Bread pudding is one of my very favourite things! This recipe sounds amazing, and I cannot wait to try it. Thanks for sharing!
Have you ever made Italian bread soup? It's a great way to use up stale bread too.
We love bread pudding, yum yum. Have a good week Diane
What a delightful treat, for them!!!
Mystica said…
I love bread pudding myself. My mother makes it often. What a wonderful treat for the shelter