OLD-FASHIONED BREAD PUDDING
3 cups milk
3 eggs (large)
juice from 1/2 lemon
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. vanilla extract
3 Tbsp. honey
2 Tbsp. brown sugar
4 cups coarsely crumbled bread
1 1/2 cups freshly grated apple and/or 1/2 cup chopped, dried fruit
1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional)
Beat together milk, eggs, lemon juice, cinnamon, salt, vanilla,
honey and sugar.
Mix together in a 9" x 13" baking pan the bread, fruit and nuts.
Pour the first mixture into the pan over bread, and combine well.
Bake for 35 minutes at 350 degrees. Serve hot, warm, or cold with
heavy cream, ice cream, fresh fruit or applesauce.
This is good for using up old bread or dried-out cake. You can
use leftover banana bread, corn bread (plain, not the onion/cheese
kind!), carrot cake, gingerbread -- whatever lends itself to your
taste. This recipe is geared for regular, unsweet bread. If you
do use cake or a sweet kind, adjust the amounts of sweetening,
spice, and vanilla to taste.