Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F.
Grease 8x8 baking pan. Vegetable oil spray is okay. Be sure to use a standard baking pan and NOT a disposable pan (sides are too short).
Cut your choice of KING'S HAWAIIAN® Original Hawaiian Sweet Bread into 1 inch cubes. Place bread cubes evenly into 8x8 greased pan.
Option: Gently toss 1/2 cup of raisins with cubed bread in a large bowl until evenly combined before placing into 8x8 pan. BREAD PUDDING PREPARATION
In a small bowl, melt 3 tablespoons of salted butter, then cool and set aside.
In another bowl, beat 4 large eggs and set aside.
Next, add 2 cups of water into a large mixing bowl.
Whisk bread pudding mix (entire contents of bag) with water.
Next, add beaten eggs and melted butter.
Whisk together until mixture is smooth.
Option: Add 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract for a bolder vanilla flavor.Directions continued:
Pour bread pudding sauce OVER cut (cubed) sweet bread in 8x8 pan. Be sure to soak sweet bread thoroughly with sauce.
COVER 8x8 pan with foil and bake for 40 minutes. Remove foil and continue baking for additional 20 - 25 minutes until golden brown.
Cool on cooling rack for approximately 1 hour, then cut into squares and serve.