Bread Pudding Recipe

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Bread pudding is a recipe traditionally associated with the Amish, also known in the U.S. as the Pennsylvania Dutch. It’s a mixture of bread chunks in an egg custard combined with traditional baking spices like cinnamon, mace, cloves and sugar.

It’s usually baked in a baking dish that is inserted into a second and larger baking dish filled with some hot water.

Sometimes referred to as “Spoon Bread,” it’s a warm and comforting dessert commonly associated with Autumn and Winter. It’s also a traditional dessert at Thanksgiving on many family tables.

We’re going to explore a bread recipe that is made for the best bread pudding. It’s essentially a white bread recipe but many of the spices commonly associated with bread pudding are part of the bread recipe. Once again, you can serve this sliced but our intent is to bake the bread and then chunk it up for the bread pudding. Unlike stuffing, we won’t be drying the bread chunks but simply cutting them up and covering them with the custard-like topping.

Much like stuffing, bread pudding does not keep well although it’s good for up to two days in the refrigerator and some people actually prefer eating it chilled.

INGREDIENTS:
Loaf Ingredients:
 1 cup warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
 3 tablespoons white sugar
 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
 3 cups bread flour
 1 tablespoon of cinnamon
 1 tablespoon of brown sugar
 2 teaspoons of nutmeg
 1 teaspoon of ground cloves
 1 teaspoon of mace
 2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
Bread Pudding Recipe:
 2 cups half & half
 2 cups milk
 1/2 cup butter
 1 cup dark brown sugar
 1/3 cup light brown sugar
 3 eggs
 3 egg yolks
 2 teaspoons cinnamon
 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
 6 cups bread, torn into small pieces
DIRECTIONS:
Loaf Directions:
1

Add the ingredients to the bread pan in the order indicated and choose the basic bread or white bread setting; 1.5-pound loaf and medium crust.

Bread Pudding Directions:
2

In medium saucepan, over medium heat, heat milk and half & half just until a film forms over the top. Watch carefully and don’t burn the milk.

3

Combine the butter into the milk, stirring until butter is melted. Cool to lukewarm.

4

Combine the dark brown sugar, eggs, cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla. Beat with a mixer at medium speed for 2 minutes and then slowly add the milk mixture.

5

Lightly grease a 9 x 12 baking dish with soft butter.

6

Put the bread into the pan and pour the milk mixture over the top.

7

Sprinkle the top with the 1/3 cup of light brown sugar.

8

Now comes the tricky part: This is best baked in a water bath. A water bath is a pan that is larger than your baking dish. The idea is to put some water into this pan and then place the baking dish into the water pan while baking. A large cookie sheet with high sides, or a larger baking dish should do the trick. Put the baking pan with the bread pudding mixture into the dry pan and slowly add hot water to the water pan. This way it won’t overflow when you put one dish into the other. The water surrounding the baking dish will cook the bread batter evenly.

9

Bake at 350 degrees for 45 to 50 minutes or until set. Stick a toothpick or knife into the center and if it comes out clean it’s done. Serve warm.

10

I like it with vanilla ice cream but it’s good plain and also good chilled as a leftover.

Ingredients

INGREDIENTS:
Loaf Ingredients:
 1 cup warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
 3 tablespoons white sugar
 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
 3 cups bread flour
 1 tablespoon of cinnamon
 1 tablespoon of brown sugar
 2 teaspoons of nutmeg
 1 teaspoon of ground cloves
 1 teaspoon of mace
 2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
Bread Pudding Recipe:
 2 cups half & half
 2 cups milk
 1/2 cup butter
 1 cup dark brown sugar
 1/3 cup light brown sugar
 3 eggs
 3 egg yolks
 2 teaspoons cinnamon
 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
 6 cups bread, torn into small pieces

Directions

DIRECTIONS:
Loaf Directions:
1

Add the ingredients to the bread pan in the order indicated and choose the basic bread or white bread setting; 1.5-pound loaf and medium crust.

Bread Pudding Directions:
2

In medium saucepan, over medium heat, heat milk and half & half just until a film forms over the top. Watch carefully and don’t burn the milk.

3

Combine the butter into the milk, stirring until butter is melted. Cool to lukewarm.

4

Combine the dark brown sugar, eggs, cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla. Beat with a mixer at medium speed for 2 minutes and then slowly add the milk mixture.

5

Lightly grease a 9 x 12 baking dish with soft butter.

6

Put the bread into the pan and pour the milk mixture over the top.

7

Sprinkle the top with the 1/3 cup of light brown sugar.

8

Now comes the tricky part: This is best baked in a water bath. A water bath is a pan that is larger than your baking dish. The idea is to put some water into this pan and then place the baking dish into the water pan while baking. A large cookie sheet with high sides, or a larger baking dish should do the trick. Put the baking pan with the bread pudding mixture into the dry pan and slowly add hot water to the water pan. This way it won’t overflow when you put one dish into the other. The water surrounding the baking dish will cook the bread batter evenly.

9

Bake at 350 degrees for 45 to 50 minutes or until set. Stick a toothpick or knife into the center and if it comes out clean it’s done. Serve warm.

10

I like it with vanilla ice cream but it’s good plain and also good chilled as a leftover.

Bread Pudding Recipe

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