Everyone loves a delicious, comforting plate of bread pudding – but what if you want to take it up a notch?
Enter French bread pudding – the best of both worlds! Combining the unique flavor and texture of French bread with the rich, creamy texture of traditional bread pudding, this decadent dessert will have the whole family asking for more.
What is French Bread?
Ah, French bread, so beloved by so many. Many people recognize it as a crusty, white loaf with a chewy interior.
But while that’s certainly true, French bread actually comes in many different shapes and sizes. From baguettes and boules to ficelle and couronne, there is no shortage of variety when it comes to this classic baked good.
And all of them share one thing in common – a light, crispy exterior and fluffy interior.
What is Bread Pudding?
Bread pudding is a classic dessert made from stale or leftover bread that’s been soaked in an egg-milk mixture and then baked. It’s rich and creamy, with a soft custard-like texture and hints of cinnamon or other spices.
It’s usually served warm with a topping such as whipped cream or ice cream. It’s also incredibly versatile – you can add whatever type of nuts, fruits, or other ingredients you like to give it an extra special touch!
Why Use French Bread for Bread Pudding?
There are several reasons why French bread is an ideal choice for bread pudding. First and foremost is its unique flavor profile – because it has such a distinct flavor and texture, adding it to any recipe gives it an added element that can’t be found in other types of bread.
Secondly, its versatility allows you to add almost any type of nut or fruit to the mix without overpowering the delicate flavors of the bread itself. Finally, because it’s already partly cooked (unlike regular white bread which requires extra time to bake), preparation time is significantly shorter when using French bread for your pudding.
How Do You Make French Bread Pudding?
Making french bread pudding couldn’t be easier! Just follow these simple steps:
A) Gather Required Ingredients: You’ll need stale (or day-old) french bread, eggs, milk (or cream), sugar (or honey), butter (optional), ground cinnamon (or another spice of your choice), vanilla extract (optional), chopped nuts or dried fruits (optional).
B) Cut and Soak the French Bread: To begin, cut your french bread into cubes about 1 inch in size. Place them in a bowl big enough to hold all the ingredients you plan on using and pour enough milk or cream over them so that they are completely submerged in liquid. Let them sit for about 30 minutes until they have completely absorbed all the liquid.
C) Prepare and Bake the Pudding: Once your french bread has been soaked for 30 minutes, preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease an 8×8 inch baking dish with butter or cooking spray before transferring your french bread cubes into it along with any other ingredients you would like such as melted butter, sugar or honey, and spices (like ground cinnamon or vanilla extract). Mix everything together until evenly combined before pouring over the top adding some more milk or cream until everything is submerged again. Bake at 350°F (175°C) for 45 minutes until golden brown on top. Lastly, add any additional toppings if desired before serving warm with ice cream or whipped cream!
D) Serve and Enjoy!: Enjoy your freshly made french toast pudding warm out of the oven with some fresh berries on top – we guarantee everyone will love it!
So if you’re looking for something special to make for dinner tonight – why not try some delicious french toast pudding? With its unique flavor profile and versatility in recipes, easier preparation process plus added benefits there’s no reason not to!
Try making some today – we promise you won’t be disappointed!