Cinnamon Pecan Bread Pudding

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I love when the weather turns cooler and the menu starts featuring more hearty goodies and cozy treats. It seems like most of my pinned recipes lately have been dishes that are perfect for cold, cozy days when you just want warm socks, a toasty fire, and delicious food.
If you’re like me and collecting recipes to try, I think you’ll want to put this one in the mix. It’s a cinnamon pecan bread pudding that is easy to make and the perfect ending to any meal. I’ll let you in on a delicious little finding…it’s absolutely divine for BREAKFAST too! It is like a perfectly baked french toast and it pairs so well with bacon, eggs, fruit and coffee. Top it with a little drizzle of maple syrup (treat yourself to the real stuff) and you’ve got a tasty addition to breakfast and brunch. It would also be the perfect way to fill tummies after opening gifts Christmas morning! 
Here’s how to make it:

Cinnamon Pecan Bread Pudding
8 oz. French Bread softened
2 Eggs
2 Egg Yolks
1/4 c. Sugar
3/4 cup Milk
1 teaspoon Cinnamon
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1 pinch Salt
1 pinch Nutmeg
1 tablespoon Butter, softened
2/3 cup Pecans
Powdered Sugar or Maple Syrup, for serving
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Place bread cubes in a single layer on baking sheet. Bake until edges are slightly golden and bread is dry, about 5-7 minutes.

Meanwhile, place eggs, egg yolks, sugar, milk, cinnamon, vanilla salt, and nutmeg in a large bowl. Combine well using a whisk.
Butter a 2 quart baking dish with the softened butter. Set aside.
Once the bread is slightly toasted, add to the large bowl with the custard mixture and toss to combine thoroughly. Pour into the greased baking dish and top with pecans.
Bake in preheated oven for 20-25 minutes or until the center springs back when tapped lightly. 
Let cool slightly. Serve dusted with powdered sugar or drizzled with maple syrup and extra pecans, if desired. 

On a side note, this is my final blog post here at A Glimpse Inside. I can honestly say from the bottom of my heart that it has been a pleasure writing for this blog. Allison has been a dream to work with and I’ve truly enjoyed sharing recipes with everyone and trying some of the fun projects. It was a pleasure to connect with fellow readers and creators, and I hope every one of you finds something merry and bright to celebrate the holiday season well into 2017. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of this wonderful world of blogging! -Kathrina

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