Bread Pudding is an old fashioned dessert. It had humble beginnings in 13th century England. It was first known as a “poor man’s pudding” as it was made from stale leftover bread that was just moistened in water, to which a little sugar, spices and other ingredients were added. Today, there are many ways to make this wonderful dessert. While bread pudding is still a way to use up leftover bread, it has gained a reputation as a comfort food and is a featured dessert item in trendy establishments, having shed its humble roots. This is my version. I have yet to serve this scrumptious bread pudding that I did not get raves and lots of requests for the recipe.6 cold biscuits or 8 to 10 slices cold bread, crumbled (You can use about any kind of bread. A loaf of French bread is great, cut in cubes. Stale bread works good. I sometimes put my cut up bread cubes in oven on 225 about 30 minutes to make them more like stale bread) 1 cup hot water 1 cup sugar 1/4 cup butter melted 1 teaspoon vanilla flavoring 1 teaspoon nutmeg 1 cup raisins soaked in 1/4 cup Kentucky bourbon whiskey (If you leave out the raisins, just soak nuts in the bourbon) 2 eggs beaten 1/2 cup evaporated milk 1 cup pecans or walnuts Place whole biscuits or crumbled bread (can crumble biscuits, too) in greased or sprayed baking dish. Pour hot water over biscuits or bread and let soak about 10 minutes. Mix remaining ingredients together and pour over bread. Sprinkle nuts of your choice and raisins on top. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 40 minutes until brown. Makes about 8 servings.
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