This recipe made me think of my Grand Laura. She always made bread pudding. I guess cause it was cheap, easy to make and went a long way around the table. I don't remember a lot about Grand Laura, cause I was young when she passed, but I do remember her making bread pudding. To this recipe, I added some icing. I made it with butter, confectioners sugar and vanilla flavoring. I thought it needed more comfort. I also used the 35 calorie bread for less calories. (Ha, Ha! Thats funny!!!) Like that is going to matter now. You could substitute the eggs, with egg beaters, to lower the calories and fat even more. I just made mine with regular eggs. Now that I know how it should taste, I will do some substitutions the next time around when I am feeling less stress and more health consious. That way I will have a idea of whether it taste better, worse or the same with the substitutions. The recipe as is, WARM AND YUMMY TO THE TUMMY!!!! Its a miricle, I already feel less stressed (wink, wink)
6 slices day-old bread
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1/2 cup raisins (optional)
4 eggs, beaten
2 cups milk
3/4 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
Break bread into small pieces into an 8 inch square baking pan. Drizzle melted butter or margarine over bread. If desired, sprinkle with raisins.
In a medium mixing bowl, combine eggs, milk, sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla. Beat until well mixed. Pour over bread, and lightly push down with a fork until bread is covered and soaking up the egg mixture.
Bake in the preheated oven for 45 minutes, or until the top springs back when lightly tapped.