Bread pudding, with its custardy bottom and crusty top, is the simplest way to turn pantry ingredients like eggs, sugar and bread, into a decadent dessert. Slideshow: More Bread Pudding Dessert Recipes
Preheat oven to 350°F.
In a 3-quart baking dish, place the bread cubes in an even layer, then drizzle evenly with the butter.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the half & half, sugar, eggs, vanilla, and 1 teaspoon salt. Pour the custard over the bread in the baking dish and press bread to soak up liquid. Let stand 10 minutes.
Bake the bread pudding until the filling is set and it is golden on top, about 40 minutes. Let cool to warm then serve.