Holiday Bread Pudding
8 Slices Day-Old Cinnamon Swirl Bread or Artisan Bread
4 Tablespoons Butter, Melted
½ Cup Dried Cranberries (Optional)
5 Eggs, Beaten
3 Cups Half N Half
1 Cup Brown Sugar
1 Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
Step 1 Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
Step 2 Break bread into small pieces into an 8 inch square baking pan. Drizzle melted butter or margarine over bread. If desired, sprinkle with raisins.
Step 3 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.
Step 4 Bake in the preheated oven for 45 minutes, or until the top springs back when lightly tapped.
Serve topped with ice cream, whip cream, or maple syrup.