This easy recipe for bread pudding is one that frequently comes in handy in a French household where there's likely to be some leftover bread. It features apricots soaked in cognac for extra goodness, but feel free to try other fruits and flavors. Bread pudding is very forgiving.
Here in France, you will almost always find slices of bread offered with any meal. Breakfast, lunch and dinner, the country runs on baguettes.
A baguette though is made to stay fresh exactly one day. The next morning it will already be dried out and quite hard. That's just the way they are made.
So if you live in France or buy lots of French bread, you are bound to come across the stale bread problem. We used to feed our stale bread to the donkeys that lived in the field behind our house, but we no longer have our long eared friends. Although baguettes are not expensive, one does hate to just throw them away.
So that's where the recipe for bread pudding comes in. It makes very good use of old French bread and you can serve it for dessert or even for breakfast. Good warm or cold.
Preparation Time: 15 min
Baking time: 1 hour
Makes 6 - 8 servings
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