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 Serving Size  : 8    Preparation Time :0:00
 Categories    : Desserts
   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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    1 1/2   c            Milk
    1 1/2   c            Whipping cream
    1                    Vanilla pod,
      1/2   ts           Vanilla extract
    1       sm           Loaf stale French stick
    4       tb           Softened butter for spread
      1/2   c            Raisins (plumped in water)
                         Finely grated zest of
                         1 lemon **OR** 1 orange
      1/4   c            Sugar
    4                    Whole eggs
    4                    Egg yolks
    1       oz           Dark rum
    2       tb           Sugar, for sprinkling
   In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine milk, cream and vanilla.
   Slowly bring almost to the boiling point, remove from heat and let stand
   30 minutes. Remove and discard vanilla pod before serving.
   Cut the bread into thick (1/2 inch) slices, removing the crusts if
   desired.  Spread each slice thinly with butter and cut into quarters (or
   halves if slices are very small).
   In a large buttered baking dish (casserole or souffle), arrange one-third
   of the buttered bread in a layer on the bottom. Sprinkle a half each of
   the raisins, lemon or orange zest and sugar evenly on top. Arrange
   another one-third of the bread on top, sprinkle with remaining raisins,
   zest and sugar. Arrange the remaining bread, buttered side up, on top.
   In a bowl, lightly beat the eggs and yolks with the milk, cream and rum.
   Pour this mixture into a spouted jug, for easier pouring. Pour the egg
   mixture down into the side of the baking dish. Avoid getting the top
   layer wet or it won't crisp up.
   (Depending on the volume of the dish, you may
   not use all the mixture, or you may need to add a little milk so the
   liquid comes up almost to the top layer. Sprinkle sugar on top.
   Place the baking dish in a large roasting pan containing a shallow layer
   of boiling water. Place in a 350F oven and bake for about 30 to 40
   minutes, until the custard is set and the top is brown and crusty.  Serve
   hot from the dish accompanied by creme anglaise.
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