I've been making Jim Lahey's famous no-knead bread for a while now but hadn't tried any of his other recipes since the basic one is so damn good. But this week, my husband and I neglected to eat our loaf of bread quickly enough, and it started to become stale and hard. Since Lahey's book
features an entire chapter on stale bread recipes, I decided to give one a shot, settling on bread pudding tart (budino). I followed the recipe pretty closely, except that I halved the sugar and used plums rather than peaches.
I love the idea of bread pudding, but I've often found it either too dry, too sweet, or too syrupy. So, I was pretty elated when I tasted this one -- it was moist, not too sweet, and out-of-this-world delicious. And it was totally worth the burn blister I received on my finger, which I stupidly stuck into a scalding caramel sauce in order to taste it.
(not as pretty as it could be, but so yummy)