Bread does not keep for a long time. Especially at hunting camp. I once cooked at a camp where they had packed in fresh bread. I could have made bread and baked it in a Dutch Oven, but that is another story.
Anyway, 5 days into the camp, a full package of Brat rolls and a bagel were getting moldy. Bread mold is common and will not kill you but… Bread mold is not like Cantaloupe mold that creates penicillin. I Cut the mold off the funky bread and needed to repurpose it.
It was time for Bread Pudding! ￼
My Mom used to make many depression style recipes. Back in the day, nothing was to go to waste. Bread was often an expensive and easily moldy food that could be wasted. She would save the day with a sharp knife and this simple recipe.
1 cup of evaporated or regular milk
Nutmeg and cinnamon
1 cup of water
3 eggs, or egg substitute
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup of sugar
Brown sugar for the topping
Beat the milk and eggs together along with the sugar, water, eggs, and vanilla. You can heat to help the sugar dissolve. Grease a baking dish or Dutch Oven. ￼
Trim off any mold from the bread. Cut the heels and crusts into cubes and place in a separate bowl. Now butter the bread and layer it into the baking dish or Dutch Oven. Alternate buttered slices and leave a hole in the middle. Pour the mixed liquid over the buttered bread and save some to add to the crusty crumbs. These stirred crusty crumbs will become the topping. Add them over top the pudding. Now sprinkle Brown sugar ion top, just because.
Bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes. If using a Dutch Oven, monitor the heat and check the pudding so it’s not burned. Serve as is or add some whip, milk, or ice cream on top. There will be no leftovers.
You do not have to advertise to the camp that the fresh bread went rotten. Just serve up the pudding and watch them smile. What they don’t know will not hurt them. That loaf of bread or rolls, that was transported for miles on a horse or in a wagon, will not go to waste!
This recipe is so good that you may intentionally let your bread go moldy.
Enjoy this wonderful and simple dessert!