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French Toast Bread Pudding

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The secret to great french toast bread pudding is to refrigerate the pudding for several hours or overnight before baking; it's the long soak that makes this bread pudding the best you've ever tasted!

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces challah or other egg bread with crust, torn into 3/4-inch pieces
  • 7 large eggs
  • 2 1/2 cups whole or reduced-fat (2%) milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3/4 teaspoon freshly grated whole nutmeg or ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup chopped toasted pecans
  • Warm maple syrup

Directions

  1. Butter 11 x 7 x 2-inch glass baking dish. Place bread in dish.
  2. Whisk eggs and next 4 ingredients in medium bowl to blend; pour over bread.
  3. Using spatula, lightly press down on bread to moisten completely.
  4. Cover with foil and chill overnight.
  5. Place foil-covered dish in cold oven.
  6. Set oven at 350°F and bake 30 minutes.
  7. Remove foil and continue to bake until pudding is puffed and golden brown, about 35 minutes longer.
  8. Spoon pudding onto plates, sprinkle with toasted nuts, and serve with warm maple syrup.