Cinnamon Raisin Bread Pudding

Every time I make this recipe it brings me back to my childhood. My grandma and I would always go to one of the local restaurants in my hometown and order bread pudding for a special treat. As I got older and learned how to make this on my own, from the help of Grandma of course, it quickly became one of our family favorites.

You will need:

*Bread of choice

*8 Large Eggs

*1 Cup Milk

*3 Tbsp. Cinnamon

*1 tsp. Vanilla Extract

*1Cup Raisins-optional

*Caramel- I use caramel ice cream topping.

The first step is to decide what bread you are going to use for your bread pudding. I like to use day old donuts from Wal-Mart for mine but you can use any bread of your choice. The amount will obviously depend on how big of a batch you are wanting to make, but typically I use one of the 12 pack of donuts and that is perfect for a 9×13 pan.

Now it’s time to cube up your bread.

Next, I add in my raisins.

Next, I mix the eggs, milk, cinnamon, and vanilla together in a bowl and then pour that over my bread. I then toss this together until it’s evenly dispersed throughout the pan.

Before I put it in the oven I drizzle caramel sauce over the top and then bake at 350 degrees for 30-45 minutes.

How yummy does this look?!! You can garnish with ice cream or whipped cream for an even sweeter treat!

M&M Christmas Crack

You will need:

*Saltine Crackers

*2 sticks melted butter

*1 1/2 cup brown sugar

*3 cups baking chips of choice-I used milk chocolate and peanut butter

*Toppings of choice-I used mini M&Ms and holiday sprinkles

The first thing you will want to do is line your cookie sheet with foil and place your saltine crackers in a single layer on the pan.

Next you will want to combine your butter and brown sugar. You can do this either in the microwave or on the stove top. You will want your mixture to come to a rolling boil for 3-4 minutes before you pour it over the crackers. After you have your mixture evenly spread over the crackers you will then put this into a 350 degree over for 5 minutes.

Immediately after you remove the pan from the oven you will spread your baking chips over your crackers. Let them sit for just a couple minutes and then they will be melted just enough to spread evenly over the crackers. Now it’s time to add your toppings. I chose mini M&Ms and holiday sprinkles for this batch. The possibilities are endless as far as the toppings go but a few of my favorites also include, heath bar baking chips and chopped pecans!

To finish off the Christmas crack you will want to stick it in the refrigerator to chill for 2 hours. Once it is fully set you can peel the foil back and begin cracking pieces off and that’s all there is to it!