A well-endowed bread pudding is an all-in-one breakfast entrée. Why? Why, first, you have bread (like toast – only I used leftover panettonne — sooo soft and delicious and fruity), then eggs (8!) for protein, milk (or pumpkin eggnog you need to use it up and not guzzle the rest of it before it expires), nuts (any kind, but pecans are best), sugar (no explanation necessary) and cinnamon (it’s the holidays, for heaven’s sake!)
See what I mean? All-in-one! Just add coffee and maybe a side of center-cut bacon baked in the oven for 30 minutes.
A well-endowed bread pudding also serves as a home-scenterizer if you haven’t yet fallen for the essential oil buzz and all their lovely accoutrements. (I can only spell accoutrements because of auto-correct. Still can’t pronounce it.)
This may be the start of a holiday series: How to Make Your Holiday Morning Splash — and You, Famous with Your Family.” On the other hand, I may forget. I’m flying out tomorrow with my Man-in-Plaid. His idea to spend Thanksgiving Day with airplane food. He eats for fuel, my Man, but I plan to make up for it the following ten days by filling my plate (platter?) with all-things-Greek. See you soon!
Found this original recipe on a bookmark from “Historic Inns of Burlington” stuck in a book I had lent my friend, Lisa’s mother. She had been traveling in Vermont, it seems. She returned it and I got this recipe. Returns, with benefits. And now you have it. The gift goes on. #blessedtobeablessing
- 1 loaf French Bread, diced (I used half panettone) - day-old is great
- 1½ c. milk (I used half pumpkin eggnog)
- ½ c. sugar
- 3 t. cinnamon
- 2 t. vanilla extract
- 1 t. almond extract
- 8 large eggs, beaten
- 2 cups apples, diced (rhubarb is also wonderful!!!)
- 1 c. pecans or other broken nuts
- ½ c. butter (1 cube) cut in pieces (sprinkled over the top)
- Brown sugar (more sprinkling)
- Pam a 9x13 and lay cup up bread pieces over the bottom
- Sprinkle with nuts and fruit
- Mix all ingredients except brown sugar and butter
- Pour over the bread
- Cover and refrigerate overnight (or not)
- Before baking, add butter and sprinkle with some brown sugar
- Bake at 350 for 45- min to an hour. It calls for an hour to an hour and a half but mine was done at 45 min.
- Easily doubled or tripled depending on your clan
Serve with sausage or bacon. #famousmother
All you need is whipped cream. #notreally
PS The recipe says: “Serve with Vermont syrup” (of course) but it’s sweet enough in my book. Also, good leftover, warmed with cream.