The Best Bread Pudding
2 T melted butter
2 T vanilla
2 1/2 cups milk
2 cups sugar
3 1/2 to 5 cups sourdough bread, cut into 1-inch cubes
1/3 cup pecans, chopped finely
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Beat together eggs, butter, vanilla and milk.
Add sugar and mix until sugar is dissolved. Arrange bread cubes tightly in a nine-inch baking dish, keeping the crust facing up around the edges scattered within the dish. Pour liquid over the bread (I let mine sit a little to let most of the liquid get absorbed by the bread before baking). Sprinkle pecans all over and bake for 55 to 70 minutes, or until crust is golden brown all over the top.
Serve with Whiskey Cream Sauce, whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.