My mom used to make this when I was a kid. I suppose it's one of the ultimate comfort foods, although personally I prefer oatmeal. Hubby loved it though, so I have a feeling I'll be making more of it from time to time.
Start with a slice of bread, torn into quarter-sized pieces. I also threw in that eighth hot dog bun that always gets left after we eat the seven hot dogs in the package. (One of life's unanswerable questions... why there are seven dogs and eight buns.)
Cover the bread with milk. I added some half-and-half. If I'd been really naughty I'd have added some heavy cream but unfortunately I didn't have any.
Nuke it just long enough to get the milk good and hot. No need to cook it very long.
Add as many goodies as you prefer. I raided our baking cupboard and came up with Craisins and pecans.
Sprinkle your goodies on and stir them in. You can also do this before microwaving if you want the goodies to get hot and the nuts to be a little softer.
Add some brown sugar and cinnamon and stir well. On the amount, it depends who you're serving the bread pudding; if it's for my mom, you want to add approximately 1/2 cup brown sugar, but for normal people it only takes a few tablespoons.
There it is. Hot Bread Pudding, good for a night-time snack, a Saturday breakfast or a snuggle-in-front-of-the-fire food.