A cat may have nine lives, but a loaf of bread has many more. Cooks and bakers have known this for years. Bread can enhance many homey recipes. Think of all it can become: toasted bread crumbs, a richly flavored stuffing, a puffy slice of French toast. It’s also wonderful just toasted with butter.
Here, bread becomes a great pudding.
This recipe comes from the Coach House, a famous New York restaurant that closed years ago. It was conceived and operated for many years by a man named Leon Lianides. James Beard, a regular customer, felt that the Coach House was one of a kind and that Lianides was a kitchen genius. Make this recipe and you will agree that it is pretty tasty.
Cunningham’s newest book is “Learning to Cook With Marion Cunningham (Alfred A. Knopf, 1999).