My mom loved this dessert so much, I had to hide the pan from her to keep her from having a third slice!

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When I was a child, my grandmother used to make the most incredible Cinnamon Raisin Bread Pudding. It was a family favorite, and we would all gather around the table, eagerly waiting for her to bring out the warm, fragrant dish. The aroma of cinnamon and vanilla would fill the air, and the plump raisins added just the right amount of sweetness. It was pure comfort food, and it always brought us together as a family.
Years later, I realized that my grandmother's bread pudding was more than just a delicious treat. It was a way of using up leftover bread and reducing food waste. She would save the ends of loaves and any slightly stale bread, and transform them into a mouthwatering dessert that we all loved. It was a lesson in resourcefulness and sustainability that has stayed with me to this day. I believe that this recipe is worth saving and making, not only because it's delicious, but because it's a reminder of the importance of making the most of the ingredients we have.
Cinnamon Raisin Bread Pudding Recipe:
6 cups cubed cinnamon raisin bread (about 8-10 slices)
4 large eggs
2 cups milk
1 cup heavy cream
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 cup raisins
1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and grease a 9x13-inch baking dish with butter or cooking spray.
2. Place the cubed cinnamon raisin bread in the prepared baking dish, distributing it evenly.
3. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, heavy cream, granulated sugar, vanilla extract, and ground cinnamon until well combined.
4. Pour the egg mixture over the bread cubes, making sure all the bread is coated. Sprinkle the raisins evenly over the top.
5. Let the bread pudding sit for about 10 minutes to allow the bread to absorb the liquid.
6. Bake in the preheated oven for 45-50 minutes, or until the bread pudding is set and the top is golden brown.
7. Let the bread pudding cool for a few minutes before serving. You can serve it warm with a drizzle of maple syrup or a dollop of whipped cream / ice cream, if desired. Enjoy!
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