This is a wonderful dessert that is somewhat healthier than traditional bread pudding because of the substitution of the evaporated milk and low-fat milk for the cream and full-fat milk that are usually called for. This would make a lovely special occasion breakfast or brunch. Yum!
You can substitute any kind of fresh or canned fruit for the cherries, but canned Bing cherries are my favourite!
Cherry Bread Pudding
Preparation Time – 10 minutes
Cooking Time – 60 minutes
- 1 loaf day old sourdough bread, cubed
- 3 eggs, lightly beaten
- 1 cup sugar
- 14 ounces evaporated skim milk
- 1 1/2 cups milk, 1% lowfat
- 1 tablespoon vanilla
- 1 can sweet cherries in syrup (or fresh cherries)
- 1/4 cup butter, unsalted, melted
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Use day old bread or, if the bread is fresh, slice and put into the preheating oven to dry out a bit. Then cut into cubes.
- Mix together the eggs and sugar, add evaporated milk, milk and vanilla. Mix until combined.
- Add bread cubes and push into the liquid until all bread is immersed. Add cherries and the syrup from the can. Mix thoroughly. Let sit for a few minutes to allow the bread to soak up the liquid.
- Add melted butter and mix. Pour into a greased casserole dish.
- Bake for one hour or until a toothpick inserted into the pudding comes out clean. Let sit 15 minutes before serving.
Frugal Tip: With the price of gas as high as it is (around here we are currently paying around $1.28 a litre or $4.85 a gallon), I am constantly aware of how much gas I am using and take lots of steps to cut back as much as possible. Here are some ways that I control how much gas I use:
- When possible, drive when there is less traffic on the roads. All that stop and go traffic during rush hour is very gas consuming.
- When given a choice, take the route with the fewest traffic lights and stop signs. Braking and accelerating eat up gas quickly.
- On hot days, I try to find a spot to park that is in the shade or inside. That way, the car is cooler to begin with and doesn’t need as much air conditioning or driving with the windows open (both use up extra gas).
- On cold days, I try to park in the sun or indoors as the car doesn’t have to work so hard for the engine to heat up, making it run more efficiently sooner.
- Know exactly where you are going (and where their parking is) before you head out. I either call for a description of where my destination is AND where their parking is or I use maps.google.ca  or maps.google.com  to not only look up the address, but to check the satellite picture to see where the parking lot is. This can save lots of time and gas by avoiding driving around trying to find the parking.
- In a parking lot, don’t drive around to get the closest spot to the door, just take the first convenient spot you find. Trolling around the lot for the ideal spot can take tons of time and waste lots of gas. Plus, parking further will give you more exercise!
- Either avoid the drive through altogether, or turn off the car if there are long waits. Don’t feel compelled to move forward just because the car in front of you does, unless you can actually make real progress. For example, I move forward when I can actually get to the pay window, not just because I can get one car length closer (unless I am blocking cars behind me from giving their order or something similar).