Have you ever made Bread Pudding before? It’s a perfect way to use up stale bread and I can’t believe I have never tried it. This recipe is one of those that are the result of throwing together some ingredients that need to be used before you have to throw them out. Another recipe that I came up with during our holiday at the farm.
Using up ingredients
I had a whole baguette left from a barbecue two days earlier. Too dry and too hard to eat it like that. There is a lot you can do with a stale baguette:
- make bread crumbs/panko (let it dry out even more and then blitz it up in a food processor)
- make croutons (cut into cubes, drizzle with olive oil, add garlic and spices, toss, then roast in the oven until golden brown, great on salads or in soups)
- cut it open, add tomato sauce, ham/salami, cheese and pop it under the grill
- make french toast
I also had a few nectarines that needed to be eaten soon. Seeing them together on the counter, I realized that I could go a totally different direction with that. Sweet instead of savory. Being at a farm, I had more than enough fresh milk and eggs at my disposal. But… I did not have my cabinet with spices. The stash I keep at a holiday home, is very minimal. Luckily, a previous guest had left some cinnamon. Hallelujah!
Now this recipe could not be any easier. Just cut up the bread. I sliced it, but I will probably dice it next time. Grease a baking dish and arrange the bread slices.
Cut up the nectarines (I used three), prop a few pieces between the bread slices and scatter the rest over the top.
Mix 6 eggs, 500 ml milk, 1 teaspoon of cinnamon and 2 to 3 tablespoons of sugar or equivalent of sweetener. I don’t like it overly sweet, so you could use a bit more sugar if you like. I’d rather add a bit of sweetness later with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a dollop of whipped cream, melting on top of a hot piece of fresh bread pudding. Okay, getting sidetracked here.
Pour the milk-egg-mixture over the bread and nectarines and bake it in a preheated oven (180°C) for about 45 minutes.
A wonderful dessert or breakfast. Best served hot and if you like, with above mentioned vanilla ice cream and whipped cream 😉
Nectarine Cinnamon Bread Pudding
- 1 stale baguette or other bread
- 3 nectarines
- 6 medium eggs
- 500 ml milk
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 2-3 tbsp sugar or equivalent sweetener
Preheat oven to 180°C and grease a baking dish.
Cut up the bread. I sliced it, but I will probably dice it next time. Arrange the bread slices in the greased dish.
Cut up the nectarines, prop a few pieces between the bread slices and scatter the rest over the top.
Mix eggs, milk, cinnamon and sugar/sweetener.
Pour the milk-egg-mixture over the bread and nectarines and bake for about 45 minutes.