Back to basics - bread and butter pudding (not the soggy one)
8 slices of bread, buttered
1/2 cup sultanas
3 level tablespoons caster sugar
1 and 1/2 cups milk
1 teaspoon vanilla essence (optional)
Heat oven to 160 degrees. Cut each slice of bread and butter into 4 triangles. Arrange bread in the base of a lightly greased baking dish. Add the sultanas between the bread slices (so they don't get burned). Sprinkle with the sugar and dust with some cinnamon.
In a separate bowl beat the eggs and milk together. Carefully pour over the bread. Sprinkle on a little more cinnamon (if required/desired).
Let stand for half an hour. Don't worry if the top pieces of bread are not submerged under the milk - these are going to be the nice crispy bits. Bake until the "custard" has set and the pudding is golden brown on the top. this will take about 40 minutes.
Variations: The sky is the limit really - replace sultanas and cinnamon with whatever takes your fancy, just member to be aware of protecting any fruit that may burn in the oven. Here are some ideas:
Raspberry and White chocolate
Banana and walnut/pecan
Apple (tinned cooking apples), walnut and cinnamon
Marmalade, jam or lemon curd on the bread slices
Something I haven't tried but might work - melted chocolate in the egg mixture with Kahlua, mmmm
Coffee to the egg mixture with whatever between the bread!
Any fruits from tin and nuts or chocolate.
Basically what ever you want - add alcohol, add chocolate, add nuts, add fruit, add spices!