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Ingredients for Leftover Cake Bread Pudding:
2 tablespoons of salted butter for pan or Pam
1 1/4 cups sugar -plus 2 tablespoons
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon almond extract
3 cups half and half (see note)
1 cup whole milk (see note)
5 tablespoons unsalted butter (melted and brought back to room temperature)
10 cups of leftover cake or bread or both (I have thrown everything imaginable in) for example:
2 1/2 cups moist chocolate cake (no frosting) (cut into small squares)
2 1/2 cups stale (3 4 days old) croissants (cut into small squares)
5 cups cinnamon coffee cake (cut into small squares)
2 banana (sliced) - optional
3/4 cup shredded sweetened coconut - optional
1 cup chopped pecans - optional
3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips optional but really good!
Preheat oven to 300 degrees F
Butter a 913 baking dish and set to the side.
In a mixer add 1 1/4 cups sugar and eggs and mix on medium for 6 minutes.
Add cinnamon, vanilla extract, almond extract, half and half, milk, and butter to egg /sugar mixture. Beat to combine. Set to the side.
Cut chocolate cake, croissants, and coffee cake into cubes. Place them all in a bowl and mix to combine.
Take half of the cake cube mixture and place in the buttered baking dish, to make a neat first layer.
Then top with bananas, coconut, pecans, and chocolate chips. Top with the remaining cake cubes to make the top layer.
Pour dairy mixture of eggs/milk to the top of cake cubes. With both handsgently press down on cake cubes to make sure they are soaked in egg/milk mixture. Then sprinkle with remaining 2 tablespoons sugar.
In a large baking dish or roasting pan (1510 inches) fill 1 inch deep with hot water to create a water bath, then place the 9 x 13 inch prepared bread pudding dish in the middle of the 15 x 10 water bath (you want the bath to go halfway up the side of the 9 x 13 inch dish) and place in oven for 1 hour and 15 minutes (75 minutes). (I did not use a water bath and it worked just fine)
Once bread pudding is done baking, remove from water bath and and let it cool for 25 minutes.
Note you can use all whole milk or even almond milk.
Original WP Post ID: 7258
Original WP Pub Date: 2014-02-13_112344