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- Sissy Wommack for Jerry Wommack
- 2 cups (475 ml) biscuit crumbs
- 2 cups (475 ml) milk
- 1/2 cup (125 ml) partially melted butter
- 1-1/2 cups (350 ml) sugar
- 1 tsp (5 ml). vanilla
- 4 slightly beaten eggs
- spices, optional
- raisins, optional
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees (200 C.).
- Mix together the sugar, milk, eggs, butter and vanilla.
- Place the biscuits, (they always used leftovers) in a large buttered casserole dish,(it needs to be large enough dish, that when you put all the ingredients in it, that the dish is only about 1/2 full, because it doubles in size).
- Pour the milk mixture over it.
- Mmix slightly. Mixture should be about the consistency of fresh uncooked cornbread dressing, (and for you non-Southern people, I don't know what to tell ya'll to compare it to, just I guess, thick but soupy).
- Put a pan of water on the lower shelf of the oven.
- Then put the baking dish in the middle of the oven, uncovered.
- Bake for about 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until when you stick a knife in the middle it comes out fairly clean. It will still be a little juicy on the edges, but it will finish cooking after you take it out.
- Some people put spices, raisins, or whatever in their bread pudding, but Mama Steve did not, and I loved it that way.
- You can top it with a lemon sauce or vanilla sauce, or just eat it plain, which is the way I like it.
- This is an old recipe that my husband Jerry's grandmother, Lillie Mae Crotts Stevenson, used to make when she came to visit us from Florence, AL. She was raised in the area of Savannah, TN, near the Tennessee River which is near Shiloh, TN, where the famous civil war battle was fought. She raised 4 girls and 1 boy in the Hamburg, TN area. She met and married daddy Steve when she was 16 years old. She and daddy Steve were on their way, in their horse and buggy, to find the preacher and get married, when they met the preacher in the middle of the road, and he married them in the middle of the road in the horse and buggy. Jerry's family did a lot of strange things I guess, to some people, but when Jerry's daddy, John met Mae, Jerry's mom, they only seen each other 2 times before they married. John's brother, Bennie, worked on a boat on the Tennessee River, and he had met Aunt Amy in a store in Hamburg, TN, fell in love and married her. Aunt Amy was a friend of Mae's and Uncle Bennie ask John to come and help him move Aunt Amy back to Kentucky, while he was there he met Mae, came home wrote back and forth, decided to marry her, took a girl to a play party here in Kentucky the night before his wedding, told the girl he would not see her again, that he was getting married the next day. Went to Hamburg, TN, married Mae, brought her back to Kentucky and the rest is history. Only kissed her once before he married her. They had 3 children together and were married for over 39 years before Jerry's mama died. John remarried the next year to Vera Smith Overby and they have been married 24 years. Now that is the way to do it.
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