4 beaten eggs
2 1/4 cups milk (I use almond milk)
1/2 cup sugar
1 tbls vanilla
1 tsp finely shredded orange peel (optional)
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
4 cups dry french bread cubes or regular bread cubes (6 to 7 slices bread)
1/3 cup dried cranberries, or raisins
In a large bowl beat together eggs, milk, sugar, vanilla, orange peel (if desired), and cinnamon. In an ungreased 2-quart square baking dish toss together bread cubes and dried fruit; pour egg mixture evenly over bread mixture. Press mixture lightly with back of a large spoon. Must be done to have all bread soak up mixture.
Bake, uncovered in a 350 degree oven for 40 to 45 minutes or until puffed and a knife inserted near the center comes out clean.