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My 78-year old neighbor gently asked if I knew how to make bread pudding? To which I replied...

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Posted to Thread #30587 at 2:52 am on Nov 14, 2018

OF COURSE! And immediately launched into croissant versions, brioche versions, custardy versus creamy versions, and New Orleans-style pain perdu with canned fruit cocktail (yes...true...very good, actually) with warm brandy sauce.

The poor man seemed overwhelmed by my rant. He said his mom used to make it with stale white bread. Period. Which meant stale, pre-sliced white bread which I have not bought in...holy cow...40 years.

Anyway, I'd love to make him a pan of bread pudding that will resemble what HE remembers. This means I can't use my heavy cream, extra yolks, split vanilla bean versions. I need basic. A good, old-fashioned recipe (possibly from the 50's?) that will make him smile. I donated all my older recipe books before I left Florida so I'm asking for help.

One concern I have is that modern day "white sliced bread" won't actually get stale now that they add all sorts of preservatives.

Jesus saves. Buddha recycles.

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