Casual observation suggests that a wide gender gap exists among bread-pudding enthusiasts. Women seem to be comforted by its timid taste and squishy texture, whereas men seem to be repelled by it for the same reasons, insisting that anything called “pudding” should look like the stuff in the plastic tubs. Yet thrifty cooks have been making bread pudding since the Middle Ages. In fact, this humble dish originated as a way of using up stale loaves. In its simplest form, it’s made by soaking torn slices of bread in milk and beaten eggs sweetened with sugar, perhaps tossing in a handful of currants or raisins... More >>>