Yes, I know. Sounds like its expensive but its not. I found an amazing recipe and tweeked it to my perfection. This is so yummy and you could never even tell its frugal. Most people think "frugal" is no taste and bland pallet. Not anymore! Try this one out.
Banana Foster Bread Pudding
6 cups of bread ripped into pieces (you can save all the butt ends and make this later to save money) or buy day old bread at a discount.
2 1/4 cup milk (you can use prepared powdered milk and it taste the same)
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
2 tsp vanilla (or banana flavoring)
3 banana's or fruit of choice
Tip: I buy spotted banana's for 29 cents per lb, cut them each into 3 pcs and freeze on baking sheet. Then take out and put into ziplock bag for later use. They will be easy to mush.Last 3 months)
Optional:ice cream, or frugal thing is confectioners sugar for dusting.
Heat oven to 350 degree's. Tear bread apart and put into pan you are using. I use a larger 9inch pan, use what you can. 2 8x8 will work too. Put into oven and bake until a little crisp to add flavor.
Wisk milk, eggs, sugar and vanilla into a bowl until sugar disolves. Pour over your bread cubes and gently stir. Let stand for a few minutes. (I just bake and dont wait)
Bake, covered, 30 minutes. Remove foil and bake another 25 minutes. Enough time to let pudding set.
Take out and let stand for about 10 minutes. Dust with confectioners sugar.
This is so easy and takes such little amount of items to make. You can use any fruit you want with this one. Dried fruit works well. We just love banana's the best. If you dont have fruit, just use fruit flavoring. Same affect. Add cinnamon and dried apples. Or maybe just raisens. This is up to you. Options are endless.