Good For the Soul Bread Pudding

Sometimes, after a hard week like this past one, you just need some true childhood comfort food.
Either still warm from the oven with melty chocolate or cold with a tall glass of milk, this bread pudding should hit the spot. Right now, it’s the little things that can make our day, so sit down, relax for a bit, feed your soul and take comfort in a warm bowl of Pappy’s chocolate chip bread pudding, and still better, share it with the ones you love.

Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding

1 loaf dense bread, brioche is best, but I used Texas toast bread because it was there!
Some spreadable butter (room temperature real butter please!) About 1/4 cup
5 eggs
1 and 1/2 cups half and half
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon real vanilla
1/2 cup chocolate chips (can also use white chocolate, raisins, dried cranberries, dried cherries, nuts, etc)

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

Butter a 2 and 1/2 quart casserole dish. Now some of you youngsters might call this a soufflĂ© dish and that’s fine. You could also bake this in individual ramekins, it’s up to you.

Cut off bread crusts, then butter each slice, then cut into cubes. Place in buttered casserole dish. Sprinkle on your chocolate chips and whatever add-ins you’re using.

In separate bowl, whisk eggs, then whisk in sugar. Don’t do the “walk away” once you add sugar to eggs, because the sugar will “cook” the eggs and you’ll have “nothin’ good for nobody”. Whisk in the half and half and the vanilla.

Pour this over your bread cubes, press down with the back of a spoon to make sure all the bread is “wet”.

Put something on top of the bread to weigh it down, so all the bread stays submerged in the liquid. I used a saucer a little smaller in diameter than the bowl. Let sit for about 15 minutes. REMOVE saucer!

Bake pudding in the oven, uncovered, for 45-60 minutes, or less if using individual ramekins. A knife inserted into the middle should come out clean when it’s done.

Serve warm or cold with whipped cream, ice cream or just plain. This and a soft blanket will be like a culinary hug! This recipe serves 1-8 people, depending on the size of your people! Enjoy, with love from Pappy.

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