4 cups bread cubes (bite size pieces)
2 large eggs
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp cinnamon
2 Tbsp melted and cooled butter
2 cups half and half, whole milk, or a combination of both
3/4 cup raisins (any dried fruit will work)
Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Butter a baking dish and set the dish into a larger roasting pan that has enough room to fill with hot water.
With an electric mixer, beat the eggs and sugar on high speed until thick and lemon colored (about 4-5 minutes so that when beater is raised the batter will ball back into the bowl in a slow ribbon.) Beat in the vanilla extract and cinnamon. Then beat in the melted and cooled butter and milk.Place the bread cubes and raisins in the baking dish. Carefully pour the prepared custard over the bread cubes until completely covered. Press down the bread cubes so they are covered with the custard.
Prepare the water bath by carefully pouring in enough hot water so that the water is halfway up the baking dish the pudding is in. Bake for 1 hour or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
Can be served warm or cold with a dusting of confectioners sugar and a dollop of whipped cream, ice cream or creme anglaise.