- One 1-pound loaf challah bread, sliced 1/2 inch thick
- 3/4 cup plus 3 tablespoons strawberry jam or preserves
- 4 large eggs
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 1/2 cups plus 1 tablespoon whole milk or half-and-half
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- 3/4 cup confectioners' sugar
- Preheat the oven to 375°. Butter a 9-by-13-inch glass baking dish. Arrange half of the challah in the dish; tear the slices to fit. Spread 3/4 cup of the jam on top; cover with the remaining challah.
- Whisk the eggs, sugar, 2 1/2 cups of the milk and the vanilla and pour over the challah; press to soak and brush with 4 tablespoons of the butter. Cover with foil and bake for 24 minutes, removing the foil halfway through, until the pudding is set; remove from the oven.
- Preheat the broiler. Blend the remaining 1 tablespoon of milk with the confectioners' sugar. Add the remaining butter and jam and stir until the glaze is smooth. Spread all but 1/4 cup of the glaze over the pudding and broil until the glaze is golden. Drizzle the bread pudding with the remaining glaze and serve.
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Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.