7

Southern Bread Pudding

Total Time
40 min
Prep
10 min
Cook
30 min
Serves
8
Difficulty
Easy
Bread pudding is an old and simple comfort-food classic, enjoyed in many parts of this country. Southerners make it their own by adding a few rich, crunchy pecans.
Ingredients

low-fat milk

1¼ cup(s)

egg(s)

4 large

sugar

cup(s)

vanilla extract

2 tsp

ground cinnamon

½ tsp

ground nutmeg

tsp

raisin bread

12 slice(s), with cinnamon, crusts discarded, bread cut into 1-inch squares

fresh apple(s)

1 medium, Granny Smith, peeled, cored, and cut into 1⁄2-inch cubes

chopped pecans

3 Tbsp, chopped

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spray a 1 1⁄2-quart shallow baking dish with nonstick spray.
  2. Combine the milk, eggs, sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a large bowl; whisk until blended. Add the bread, apple, and pecans. Let the mixture stand, stirring occasionally, until the bread absorbs some of the liquid, about 10 minutes. Pour the mixture into the baking dish.
  3. Bake until the pudding is puffed and a knife inserted in the center comes out clean, 25–30 minutes. Remove the pudding from the oven and let cool 15 minutes. Serve warm. Yields 1⁄8 of pudding per serving.
Notes
We add apples for flavor, fiber, and nutrients. Try serving this with a teaspoon of warmed apricot preserves or raspberry jam drizzled on top.If you have time, cut up the bread, spread it on a baking sheet, and let it stand on a countertop, uncovered, overnight. The stale bread will be drier and better able to absorb the milk mixture, giving the baked pudding a firmer texture.

A happier, healthier you starts here