The recipe seems simple enough. One pound of light bread, I chose a whole loaf of white bread from the grocery store bakery, and sliced it thin as directed, now, I am horrible at slicing bread, so by the end of the loaf it was a squished mess! After the bread was sliced, I started lying it in the bottom of a glass baking dish. I chose unsalted butter, at room temperature for easy spreading, and gave each slice a liberal spreading of butter. Since you can choose any type of fruit, I went with the traditional raisins & dates (also DH loves these!). Layer the bread & fruit until you are out of bread. My dish was quite full to the top with the bread & fruit.
Next, the "pudding". Beat 8 eggs, yes 8! In order to keep measurements close to originals I use medium eggs. Beat those to break the yolks, then add in the 4 tablespoons of powdered sugar, mix well. Then add the milk, three pints (equals 6 cups) and nutmeg. Half of a grated nutmeg. Well, I am unable to find whole nutmegs at my local store, so I guessed on how much ground nutmeg to use. And judging on the amount of bread & milk in this recipe I went with a scant tablespoon of ground nutmeg.
The liquid gets poured over the bread & fruit. I would really recommend using a deep baking dish or even a bowl to bake this pudding in as there is a lot of milk & egg that goes into this thing. I let the bread soak for about 20 minutes to make sure it was saturated before putting it in the oven.
|Pudding just put in the oven!|
The recipe does not tell how hot to get the oven, it only states to bake for three-quarters of an hour. Gee, thanks! So, since 350 seems to be a general setting, I put the pudding in at 350 for 45 minutes. The top did brown well, but I think my oven rack was a little high.
The pudding did seem done after the 45 minutes. Let it cool for a while. After dishing a little bit, it did seem a little runny. The taste was pretty good, but did seem a bit bland compared to other bread puddings I had eaten.
This would be good to use applesauce or peaches, as the recipe suggests. They would probably make the whole thing a little sweeter. I would still call this pudding a success!!