Paula Deen Bread Pudding
2 cups sugar
5 large eggs, beaten
2 cups milk
2 tsp. vanilla extract
3 cups cubed French Bread, allow to stale overnight in a bowl
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, softened
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 13x9x2 inch pan (I used the large rectangle Pyrex pan).
In a medium bowl, mix together the sugar, eggs, milk, and vanilla extract. Pour it over the bread cubes and let it soak for about 10 minutes.
In another small bowl, mix together and crumble the butter and brown sugar.
Pour the bread mixture in the greased pan and press it down with a fork so you make sure all the bread is soaked. Then sprinkle the brown sugar crumble evenly over the top of the bread.
Bake for 35-45 minutes. or until set and the top springs back.
Now for the sauce:
1 cup milk
2 tbsp. butter
1/3 cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tbsp. flour
dash of salt
Mix everything together and bring to a boil for 3-4 minutes, stirring constantly. Set aside for a few minutes and then pour over your warm and delicious bread pudding!