Written by dawn gagnon
This recipe is so good it will make you slap yourself! It has been in our family for a long time and is a holiday request every year. Make this instead of giving out fruit cake, and you'll get better gifts at Christmas!
Things You'll Need:
* 8 slices of any kind of bread you like.
* 4 cups of milk
* 1 cup of sugar
* 8 eggs
* 1 tbsp. vanilla extract
* 1 teaspoon cinnamon
* 1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg
* 4 very ripe bananas
* nuts optional
* canned cherries optional
* flaked coconut optional
* 9 X 13 inch pan
* Two large bowls
Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees. In a bowl, rip up into bite sized pieces all of your bread.
In another larger bowl, with a fork or potato masher, mash your four ripe bananas. Add in eggs, and milk and cherries (if you have chosen to use them )and mix together well. Basically you are mixing all wet ingredients together.
In your bread bowl, add in all dry ingredients and stir until all the bread is covered in the sugar and spices. You can add raisins, nuts, shredded coconut at this time. Now dump this mixture into your egg/milk bowl.
You want to stir by hand all of the ingredients thoroughly and let the mixture sit for about 1/2 hour in your fridge so that the bread fully absorbs your egg/custard mixture.
Once you have let the bread pudding sit for a while in the refrigerator, you can now pour it into your 9 X 13 inch baking pan. Add around 9 pats of margarine or butter to the top. This will melt as the bread pudding cooks.
Bake your bread pudding until the pudding is well set, not wiggly when you jiggle the pan. Start checking your bread pudding for done-ness after it has been in the oven around 45 minutes, and every 10 minutes after that, to prevent over cooking.