Welcome to Man Monday, where a man creates food… on Monday…
Do you like the new welcome? I guess it could take some, uh, finesse. Seriously though, I got to thinking...am I really going to tie myself down to posts that require a certain level of masculinity every single week?! The realist in me says, “Why put yourself through that quagmire of monumental creative effort on a weekly basis when the non-gendered possibilities are endless?” I mean, if I want to make pink cotton candy (which reminds me of a joke about pink fluff…never mind) then I’m going to make pink cotton candy garnished with roses and daisies dang-it! After all, this is MY blog and I’ll do with it what I want. Well, it’s mine in the sense that anything I own is mine…which means it’s actually Sarah’s but she lets me think it’s mine.
So, with that disclaimer out of the way, I present to you nothing that has anything to do with manliness or grills. It’s just something a man made on Monday, but it just so happens to taste great.
- 3 Tbsp. butter, melted
- French bread, cubed (about a half of a loaf, or 3-4 cups of the stuff)
- 4 eggs, beaten
- 2 cups milk
- 3/4 cup brown sugar (1/2 cup packed, and ¼ cup put aside)
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp. nutmeg, ground
- chocolate sauce (you can just use a chocolate syrup, like the stuff you make chocolate milk out of)
- Preheat your oven to 350°
- Place your melted butter in a 8x8 casserole dish, make sure it coats all sides and bottom (this stuff will stick like you wouldn’t believe if you don’t… not that I know from experience or anything…)
- In a separate bowl, mix your eggs, milk, ½ cup sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Add your bread cubes and toss together lightly. Dump your mixture into the casserole dish.
- Sprinkle the remaining brown sugar all over the top of your mixture. This will give it a nice, caramel-ish crust. Make sure you have plenty of room in the dish for your bread pudding to grow, which it will. If you’ve filled it to the brim of the casserole dish, or anywhere near it, it will overflow. Then you will have lots of smoke, concerned neighbors, and a freaked-out dog… or something.
- Bake in the oven for approximately 20-25 minutes. It’s done when it’s bubbling on the sides and the top is brown and crispy.
- Top with your chocolate sauce/brown sugar/maple syrup (real or not, who cares really?)/etc.
- Most important step of all, ENJOY!
I recommend enjoying this dish with a tall glass of milk, a blankey, and a favorite movie or TV show on a Saturday… or you can do something more manly while snarfing it down, it’s up to you.
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