Almond Raisin Bread Pudding.... is not just another bread pudding
4 cups of bread *
3 whole eggs
1 egg yoke
3 cups non fat half n half (or milk)
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg
3 tablespoons of sugar
1 cup of raisins
1 cup of slivered almonds
3 tablespoons of Brandy
2 tablespoons of butter
4 tablespoons of sugar
1/4 cup of water
*use of old or stale bread including the crust or heel are perfectly acceptable and encouraged. Remember, bread pudding gives the opportunity of using what you might throw away.
Preheat your oven to 400 before you start anything. In a large bowl, beat the eggs and yoke until well beaten. STOP STOP STOP!! I want to take a moment to discuss something about the spelling of egg yoke. Is it 'yoke' or 'yolk'? Before you decide you are certain that it's one or the other, check the internet out and get confused. It's amazing that it is spelled both ways about 50/50. I know that one spelling is equipment used for horses. Can anyone be definitive? I use yoke!!
Back to our bread pudding. Once the eggs are well beaten, add the milk or half n half, cinnamon, nutmeg, and sugar, whisking to mix ingredients well. Take your bread and with your hands tear it up in pieces. Add them to the liquid and mix so that bread is completely soaked. Add the raisins and almonds and continue mixing. Let sit for about 10 minutes.
Pour the bread pudding mixture into a well greased rectangular bread baking dish and then sprinkle a bit of sugar over the top. Transfer to oven, turn heat to 350 and bake for 60 minutes. Once baked, turn oven off and leave pudding in while you are preparing your sauce.
The sauce preparation is very simple and quick to make. Start by melting your butter in a sauce pan on medium heat. Once melted, add the Brandy and lower your heat to medium low. Add the sugar and stir well. Add the water and allow the mixture to come to a slow bubbly boil. Continue to cook while stirring until sugar is well deluted and your sauce has a clear color. Remove from heat and set aside.
To serve, cut a 1 inch slice and spoon a bit of the sauce over it. You will love this bread pudding. Have it for breakfast, brunch, dessert, or even for that afternoon break with hot tea and cream. Enjoy!