Sweet raisins and a smooth hot lemon sauce make this bread pudding extra special. Even today, I get requests for the recipe from people who tasted this traditional dessert years ago. —Mildred Sherrer, Fort Worth, Texas
My son loves pear crisp, but one night I was making bread pudding. He asked if I could make both. I compromised by combining two desserts into this one dish. It's absolutely fantastic!—Kurt Wait, Redwood City, California
I've enjoyed my mother's pudding for as long as I can remember. She and I revised it, using a sugar substitute and reduced-fat ingredients. With its meringue-like top and soft vanilla wafer layer, it's a Southern dessert at its fines.—
"This recipe has been in my family for at least three generations, passed down from my Canadian grandmother. It's been a favorite wintertime dessert for us and always included for Easter and other holiday meals."
Looking for a light and lemony delicate delight of a dessert? Aida Von Babbel of Coquitlam, British Columbia recommends this old-fashioned family favorite. "It is cake-like on top with a custard texture on the bottom," she says.
This pudding was handed down from my husband's great-grandmother. To give an idea of how old this recipe is, it was translated from her German script found in an old ledger when she'd collected favorite recipes from her friends. It's a bona fide and delicious "antique". The only modern touch that I've added to it is the option of using decaffeinated coffee.
This recipe started out as a plain bread pudding. My husband, Tom, suggested adding some pecans, then I decided to add the pie filling. These ingredients make the pudding crunchy, moist and even more delicious.