Bread Pudding 12

4 cups bread cubes
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups milk
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup raisins
1/4 cup butter

Rum Sauce:
1 stick butter (1/4 lb)
2 tablespoons flour
2 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon butter flavoring
1 cup water
3/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons rum flavoring

Spread bread cubes evenly in 8 inch round dish. Sprinkle evenly with brown sugar and salt, then raisins. Measure milk in quart measuring cup. Add butter. Microwave at high for 4 minutes, until butter is melted and milk is warm. Rapidly stir in eggs with a fork and mix well. Pour over bread cubes in dish. Microwave on medium high 9 to 12 minutes, rotating dish one-half turn after 6 minutes. When cooked, center may still be slightly soft but it will set up as pudding cools.

In saucepan, bring butter and water to boil. Add premixed flour and sugar. Add remaining ingredients and cook until bubble. Remove from heat and serve hot over pudding.

Serves 6

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Cajun Country -- New Iberia, Louisiana