Diplomatico Bread Pudding
1 lb bread, white or wheat
1 cup raisins
2 tsp dry white wine
1/2 cup slivered almonds
1 cup sugar
2 tsp vanilla
1 pinch salt, optional
1 12 oz can fruit cocktail (or make your own mixed fruit cocktail)
1 tsp ground cinnamon
2 1/2 cups milk
2 tsp brandy or Kahlua
1 cup melted butter
Caramel to cover mold (*)
In a food processor, finely chop the bread and place in a large bowl.
Mix with the other ingredients including the fruit cocktail with its syrup.
Stir well to be sure to dissolve the sugar. Place the mixture in a caramel covered mold (*).
Cook in oven at 375 degrees F for 1 hour or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out dry. Let cool before serving.
Cut in small pieces.
(*) To line the mold with caramel:
1/2 cup sugar
a few drops (scant) water
Place mold on burner and dissolve sugar until it turns a nice light brown color.
Rotate the mold to coat all sides and bottom with the caramel.