Old Fashioned Farm Bread Pudding

Sometimes, you need a little indulgence.  We don’t recommend tossing out your fresh fruits and vegetables in order to feast on this recipe for days at a time, but with moderation, this bread pudding can be a great complement to a healthy meal.  Using wheat instead of white bread, substituting yogurt for some butter, and including raisins are just some of the smart, small changes that make this recipe a step above other decadent desserts.  We thank the University of Minnesota for passing it along!

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Photo courtesy of simplyrecipes.com

Old Fashioned Farm Bread Pudding

Prep Time: about 1 hour and 15 minutes

Serves: 8

Cost: less than $3

Ingredients:

5 slices of wheat bread

1 Tablespoon margarine or butter

1 Tablespoon plain yogurt

¼ teaspoons cinnamon

1/3 cup sugar (white or brown)

½ cup raisins

1 egg

2 egg whites

2 cups skim milk

¼ teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions: Spread one side of bread with butter and yogurt. Sprinkle with cinnamon.  Cut the bread into 1-inch cubes.  Then, in lightly sprayed casserole dish, combine the cut bread with sugar and raisins.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  In a bowl, blend eggs, milk, salt, and vanilla. Pour liquid over bread mixture; lightly blend.  Bake uncovered for 1 hour (pudding is done when a table knife inserted in the pudding comes out clean).  Serve warm or cold.

This recipe can also be made in the microwave to save time.  If you’re microwaving the pudding, be sure to use less milk: 1 ¼ cups instead of 2.  Microwave for 8-10 minutes or until the edges are firm and the center is almost set.

Nutrition Benefits: Using wheat instead of white bread adds complex minerals and nutrients to the dish, which the body truly appreciates.  By using a mixture of butter and yogurt, fat is lessened and protein increased.  Using skim milk and a combination of egg whites and an egg has the same effect.  In this and other recipes, it can be a good idea to use at least 1 full egg for every 2-3 egg whites, which ensures that nutritional benefits like vitamin B and iron are retained.  Raisins add a small dose of potassium and fiber in addition to texture and flavor.

If you still want an extra kick of sweetness when you dig in, we recommend honey instead of regular syrup!

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