4 cups day old white or French bread cubes, crusts removed
½ cup seedless raisins
3 tbsp butter, melted
1 tsp cinnamon
½ tsp nutmeg
½ tsp salt
⅔ cup sugar
3 cups half and half
1½ tsp vanilla
Sweetened whip cream
Arrange bread cubes and raisins in buttered 1½ quart or casserole dish and drizzle with butter.
Combine eggs, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt, beat slightly.
Dissolve sugar in half and half and add to eggs in fine stream, stirring constantly.
Stir in vanilla.
Pour over bread cubes and bake in moderate oven at 350° F for 55 to 60 minutes, or until a silver knife inserted into center comes out clean.
Serve slightly warm or chilled, plain or with sweetened whipped cream.