I scoured the reviews and here's what I came up with: I needed to use a 9X13 to feed 13 people, so I doubled it, mostly, but kept the brown sugar at 1 cup. I also omitted the raisins. I used about 9-10 cups of whole wheat sandwich bread. I only had two apples, which yielded 2.5 cups, diced. I sauteed them in butter for a few minutes. Then I heated all together: 3 cups 1% milk, 1/2 cup half-and-half, 1 cup brown sugar, 1.5 tsp cinnamon, 1 tsp allspice, 2/3 cup salted butter, 2 tsp. vanilla, and 4 eggs.
I sprayed the pan w/ Pam, poured the bread in the pan, mixed the apples in evenly, then poured the warm milk mixture over it all and made sure all the bread was really wet. I baked it at 325 for an hour and it was perfect. If my family all liked nuts I would definitely put chopped walnuts in here.
Here's the clincher, though: I made an easy caramel sauce (http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Salted-Caramel-Sauce/Detail.aspx?prop24=RD_RelatedRecipes) and poured it on top of the bread pudding while it was still warm, but not hot. It was amazing. The sauce was sweet and the BP wasn't super-sweet, which was nice! Served it with homemade whipped cream. Even people who had no interest in bread pudding were having seconds. Next time I want to make it with chocolate chips and sliced bananas, omitting the cinnamon and allspice... Good basic recipe! UPDATE: made this 3x's in one week. Challah makes a world of difference! ALso, be sure not to 'cook' the milk/egg mixture, just warm it!
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I scoured the reviews and here's what I came up with: I needed to use a 9X13 to feed 13...