Raisin Bread Pudding

RAISIN BREAD PUDDING

Pudding:

8 slices bread, cubed (I use Hearty White Bread by Pepperidge Farms)
4 eggs
2 cups milk
1/2 cup white sugar
1/4 cup butter or margarine, melted
1/4 cup raisins
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon

Sauce:

2 Tbsp. butter or margarine
2 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
1 cup water
3/4 cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract

Place bread cubes in a greased slow cooker (I used my 5-qt. Rival). In a bowl, beat eggs and milk; stir in sugar, butter, raisins and cinnamon. Pour over bread; stir. Cover and cook on HIGH for 1 hour. Reduce heat to LOW; cook for 3-4 hours or until a thermometer reads 160°F. Just before serving, melt butter in a saucepan. Stir in flour until smooth. Gradually add water, sugar and vanilla. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Serve with warm bread pudding (it’s good with half and half instead, too).

NOTE: The pudding recipe called for 1/4 cup sugar, but the second time I made it I doubled it to 1/2 cup and we thought it was better, but still not too sweet.

YIELD: 6 servings.