In our house, stale bread = Chocolate chip pudding!
Grease a baking dish. Fill with cubed/broken dried bread (including crusts). Then you need a bit of guess work…quantity of milk is determined by quantity of bread, so it’s a bit of by guess and by golly…but using one cup of milk plus one egg (beaten into the milk), plus 2 Tbsp of sugar and I guess about 1/2 tsp vanilla, pour over the bread. The liquid should come up at least half way up on the bread. Repeat the milk combo till it does. After the first couple of times, you know the size of the baking dish, and how many cups of milk you need – then it’s an easy one step thing.
When the liquid is in, pour chocolate chips on top and mix in. How many? That’s sort of up to you and availability. the pan I used needed a quart of milk, and I used a 12 oz bag of chips. Obviously, this is very adjustable. Mix the chips in, let it set an hour or more for the bread to absorb the liquid. Bake at 350* for about an hour – again, size of pan and depth will determine time, but you do the standard test with a knife to see if the middle is done. It should come out clean. (well, maybe chocolate on the knife, but no custard) It takes a while to cool for some reason. Can be served plain, with cream or with ice cream. Good cold, but better warm.
Serve with cream. That’s my kind of pudding!
I’ve always heard “by guess and by golly.” If there are regional alternatives, pardon that particular edit.