Eggnog Bread Pudding

Course : Christmas
Serves: 6
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4 large eggs
2 cups dairy eggnog or reduced fat dairy eggnog
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup rum or additional eggnog
3/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
6 cups dry French bread cubes
1/2 cup dried cranberries, dried cherries, or chopped candied cherries
1/4 teaspoon Ground nutmeg (optional)
1/4 cup Sifted powdered sugar
1/4 cup Half-and-half or light cream (optional)

Preparation / Directions:

Lightly grease a 2-quart square baking dish; set aside. Beat eggs, eggnog, sugar, rum or additional eggnog, and nutmeg in a large mixing bowl with an electric mixer on low speed till combined. Stir in Bread cubes and fruit. Let stand 10 to 15 minutes or till bread is softened, stirring once or twice. Spoon into prepared dish. Sprinkle with additional ground nutmeg, if desired. Bake in a 325 F oven for 35 to 40 minutes or till a knife inserted near the center comes out clean. Serve warm, sprinkle with powdered sugar. Pass half-and-half or light cream, if desired. To make dry bread cubes, cut bread into 1/2-inch cubes. Spread bread cubes in a single layer in a shallow baking pan. Bake in a 300 F oven for 10 to 15 minutes or till dry, stirring twice during baking.

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