Cheery Cherry-O Chocolate Bread Pudding
by Gary Gee My Cooking Blog
6 cups day-old white bread, French bread, dinner rolls or croissant
4 cups Chocolate Cheerios
3 cups heavy cream, half and half, whole milk, or any combination thereof
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
1/2 cup tart cherry pie filling
1 1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 eggs, lightly beaten
Vanilla ice cream, for serving, if desired
Spray 9 x 12-inch baking dish with cooking spray. Place bread cubes and Cheerios in dish, arranging to "fit" dish.
Preheat oven to 350°F.
Bake at 350°F for 45 minutes or until center tests done with toothpick. Cool slightly and serve with vanilla ice cream, if desired.