Mr. Food: Bread Pudding

Don't know what to do with that old bread? The gourmet guru has a tasty idea for you to try, without spending any "dough.” Let's take a look.

We always seem to have leftover bread around, and it seems a shame to toss it out once it's not as fresh as the day we bought it, so the next time you clean out your bread box, here's how you can turn it into a new, fresh-tasting treat!

We tear a 1-pound loaf of day-old Italian bread into 1-inch pieces and toss it into a large bowl with 2 cups of warm water until all the liquid is absorbed, and really, any hearty bread will work, even mix and match!

In a small bowl we beat together 3 eggs and 1 cup of heavy cream, add that mixture to the soaked bread along with 1/2 cup finely chopped dried apricots, 1 teaspoon each of vanilla extract and salt, 3/4 cup sugar, and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon.

Give it all a good mix; place it in a sprayed 8-inch square glass baking dish, and into a preheated 350°F. oven it goes to bake for about an hour or so, until it's puffy and firm in the center.

If you'd like, for a glaze, mix 1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar with a bit of apricot brandy and, while it's still warm, drizzle the mixture over the pudding, and serve! Wow!

If you’d like the recipe, just send a self-addressed, stamped envelope marked "Apricot Bread Pudding" to me, Mr. Food, right here at the station, or look for it online for a melt-in-your-mouth treat that says everything heavenly, but certainly not leftovers! In fact, we'll probably be looking for extra bread on purpose! Well, who'd want to miss out on such an "OOH IT'S SO GOOD!!®"