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Classic Bread Pudding

Photo: Bradford Thomason; Styling: Katherine Tucker

Total time 1 hr
Yield

Makes 6 to 8 servings

You can't go wrong with a classic bread pudding made with simple ingredients and flavored with vanilla and nutmeg.

Ingredients

  • 1 loaf (1 lb.) firm, crusty French bread (4 to 4 1/2 in. wide)
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 cups half-and-half
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Nutrition Information

  • calories 239
  • caloriesfromfat 38 %
  • protein 6.6 g
  • fat 10 g
  • satfat 5.4 g
  • carbohydrate 30 g
  • fiber 0.8 g
  • sodium 226 mg
  • cholesterol 103 mg

How to Make It

  1. Trim crusts off bread. Cut loaf crosswise into 3/4-inch-thick slices. Arrange 8 to 10 slices diagonally in a buttered 8-inch square pan, overlapping to fit. If needed, lean the slices over so they don't extend above sides of pan. If bread is too wide, trim it.

  2. In a bowl, whisk eggs, half-and-half, sugar, vanilla, and nutmeg until well blended. Slowly pour liquid over bread. Let stand until bread feels soft all over and most of the liquid is absorbed, 30 to 40 minutes; occasionally tip pan and spoon liquid over the top.

  3. Bake in a 350° oven until custard no longer flows in center when pan is gently tilted, about 30 minutes.

  4. If pudding is pale, broil 3 to 4 inches from heat until golden and crusty, 3 to 4 minutes. Serve warm or cool.