Apple Cinnamon Bread Pudding

One 12-ounce can evaporated milk
12 ounces water
4 eggs
2 cups sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 loaf of bread
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup apple, finely chopped
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
1-2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon vanilla extract or lemon juice

Preheat oven to 350 F. In large bowl, mix milk, water and eggs together. Add sugar, vanilla, and cinnamon; mix together. Tear bread into small bite-sized pieces and add to milk mixture. The bread should soak up the majority of the milk, but leave some. (To test: lower spoon slowly into milk mixture. Liquid should slowly seep onto spoon). Add raisins and apples. Pour into 13 x 9 inch glass baking dish. Cook at 350F for 1 hour until golden brown. Cool slightly. To prepare topping, bring sugar and water to a boil. Mix cornstarch with a little water and then add to sugar water. Cook over medium heat until thickened, stirring constantly Pour topping over bread pudding. Serve warm.

Serves 10-12.

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Cajun Country -- New Iberia, Louisiana