I know it sounds incredibly old fashioned. But, really, there is nothing quite like gooey bread surrounded by pudding (custard) and liquidy chocolate. Plus, it is a great thing to do with just stale bread! I always use whole grain bread to make it a bit more rich, you can brioche or that eggy/sweet easter bread. Try it cold, with ice cream... you'll not go back.
3-5 packed/pressed cups of cubed bread (OK it if is stale or frozen)
3 eggs (you can substitute 1/4 c finely ground flax seed, flax meal, for each egg)
3 cups milk or soy milk or coconut milk
1/2 cup raw cane sugar
1/4 tsp seasalt
2 tsp vanilla
1-2x 250g bar of chocolate or 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips (optional)
Preheat oven to 350F/169C.
Cube bread. Grease a 9x13-sized pan. Spread cubed bread in bottom of pan.
In a bowl, whisk together the rest of the ingredients excpet the chocolate.
Sprinkle chocolate throughout.
With a fork, press bread down into liquid to make sure it is able to soak up the
liquid. If you are using a whole grain bread, let it sit and soak it in as long as you can. For a white bread or brioche, you can bake immediately.
Bake at 350F/160C for 35-45 minutes, until a bit firm.