being as absent minded as I've been lately I bought a loaf of bread, forgot I had it and bought another! I'd usually freeze the extra loaf for later, but I noticed the date on the older bag said November 30 :( it wasn't moldy, didn't smell and was still mostly soft, but the thought of "expired" bread made my sandwich taste bad to me even though it was probably fine. I figured I'd make cinnamon toast, French toast or just regular toast out of it, but remembered I haven't made bread pudding in forever! I laid out all the slices to make it really dry and stale and made this recipe from Joy of Baking.
I used craisins and raisins, but I forgot to grab pecans at the store and forgot to add the apples (never tried that before and was curious to see how it would taste, oh well!) but it was fine. doughnuts are still my favorite to use for bread pudding, but the plain wheat wasn't too bad once I put the sauce on top - that's really what makes any bread pudding wonderful!
for the sauce you'll need:
1 cup sugar
1 stick butter
1/4 cup whiskey (Jack Daniels is our favorite)
just enough water to make it liquid
heat a sauce pan up and pour the whiskey in - carefully! - and let it smoke to burn off the alcohol. toss in the butter and let that melt before adding the sugar. stir constantly, adding water as needed to make it nice and liquid. pour over the bread pudding before serving.