This would be best with slightly stale substantial bread I think, but it came out great with some not stale whole grain white bread too. If you like rice pudding, you’ll probably like this. It’s the same basic custard cooked with bread instead of rice. Some folks remove the crusts on the bread for stuff like that. I take it as an opportunity to turn the ends of the bread, which are often not the favorites for sandwiches, into something everyone will happily eat.
1/2 cup sugar
pinch of salt
2 1/2 cups milk
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup raisins (optional)
6 slices bread, buttered on one side
Preheat oven to 350. Put a kettle of water on to boil.
In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the eggs, sugar, and salt.
In a small saucepan, heat the milk until scalded (just below the boiling point). You’ll see bubbles forming around the edge. Remove the pan from the heat and slowly pour the egg mixture in, whisking all the while. Stir in the vanilla and raisins.
Place the bread, buttered side up, in a 9×9 pan, just fitting in a few layers as evenly as possible. Pour the milk and egg mixture over the bread.
Fill a 9×13 pan (or something else that will hold your 9×9 pan) half full with boiling water. It’s easier to slide your oven rack out, put the larger pan on the rack, put the pan with the bread pudding in it in the larger pan, then pour the boiling water in the outer pan so that it comes up to the halfway point of the smaller pan. Slide your rack carefully back into your oven. Close the door and bake for 30 minutes or so, until the custard is set.0