In Some Form of Grace, a lot of good food flows from Flo's kitchen. From time to time, Flo will share some of her favorite recipes. Today she'll start with bread pudding since that dish holds special significance in the story.
1 loaf French bread cubed
1 qt. whole milk (heated but not boiling)
3 eggs beaten
2 1/3 cups sugar
2 tsps. vanilla
5 Tbsps. butter
2 tsps. cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In large bowl, combine milk, eggs, sugar, cinnamon, vanilla, butter, and raisins. Gently fold in bread cubes and let sit for 45 minutes, giving an occasional stir. Butter a 9X13 baking dish and pour bread mixture into dish. Bake uncovered until firm, about 60 minutes. Remove pudding from oven and let cool on rack for 20 minutes.
Sauce, if desired (Take my word for it, you're going to desire it!)
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup butter
2 Tbsps. whipping cream
3-4 Tbsps. bourbon OR 2 tsps. brandy extract (If I were you, I'd go with the bourbon!)
Note: Flo's recipes come from a variety of sources. The recipe for this sauce comes from Sandra Martin in Edmond, Oklahoma.
Combine sugar and butter in medium saucepan over medium heat. Bring to boil. Remove from heat and cool slightly. Whisk in bourbon and cream. Serve warm over pudding.