Secret ingredient: Pumpkin
Pumpkin flesh is high in fiber and vitamins C and E, magnesium and potassium and a staggering amount of beta-carotene – a potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent that prevents cholesterol build up in blood vessels that could lead to stroke or heart attack.
- 1 10.5 ounce day-old wheat baguette
- 2 cups fat-free half-and-half
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
- 3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
- 1 cup pumpkin
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon ginger
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon allspice
- 3/4 cup dark raisins
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray an 11- X 7-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
Cut the baguette into one-inch slices, then into cubes. Place in a large bowl and cover with the half-and-half, tossing the bread cubes to allow the liquid to soak in.
In a medium bowl, combine beaten eggs, brown sugar, pumpkin, vanilla and spices. Add to bread mixture with raisins and blend well.
Pour into baking dish and bake for 40-45 minutes.