Benevolent Bread Pudding

Ever have one of those days when you don’t know how you are going to get dinner on the table much less come up with dessert? My favorite go-to has always been the ‘lowly’ bread pudding . . . only bread pudding doesn’t have to be considered at the end of the wanted list for dessert. Another plus with bread pudding, that it takes care of the aging bread on the counter.

Benevolent Bread Pudding

3 cups cubed bread
4 cups whole milk, scalded
3 beaten eggs
1/3 granulated sugar
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 cup butter

Add bread cubes to milk. Combine eggs, sugar, salt, vanilla, spices to the bread mixture. Pour into greased pan and dot with the butter. Bake for approximately 45-60 minutes our until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Serve with whipped cream or ice cream.

White bread is not the only ingredient you can use. Think about sourdough bread, raisin bread, Hawaiian bread, etc.

Adding dried fruit like crasins, raisons, diced fresh apple, diced peaches . . .

Want to go wild for the children, chocolate chips and serve with ice cream and a drizzle of chocolate syrup.

Chopped nuts are allowed, too!

Old-Fashioned Rice Pudding

Okay, the sun is still shining, the sky is clear with no chance of rain or cold yet hope springs eternal and I’m sharing a great dessert for a cold evening. Rice Pudding has always been a favorite and it never lasts to be eaten cold the next day.

Old-Fashioned Rice Pudding

1 cup white rice (don’t use the instant rice!)
4 cups whole milk
½ cup butter
5 eggs
3/4 cup granulated sugar
½ cup raisins or crasins (optional)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ground clove

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Combine rice, milk, and butter in large pot. Bring to a boil, cover and cook over low heat until most of the milk has absorbed and rice is tender. Keep watch and give it a good stir ever so often.

Add eggs, sugar, raisins/crasins, vanilla, and spices together and mix thoroughly. Add and stir into the rice mixture quickly to avoid scrambled eggs! Sprinkle a little dusting of cinnamon on top and bake for about 20 minutes.