My daughter loves French bread, but she prefers the crumb, so I am often left with a pile of hollowed-out crusts. This worked out perfectly for this recipe. I only had about half the amount of bread, so I buttered, cubed, and toasted it in the toaster oven. Then I used my smallest cast iron pan to make a mini pudding. Instead of heating the oven, I broiled the top in the toaster oven. It was delicious-- the idea of making bread pudding on the stovetop like a frittata is pure genius. Through a massive exercise of willpower, I even managed to save half of the pudding for breakfast tomorrow-- or maybe a late-night snack tonight!