4 cups whole milk
1 cup granulated sugar
1 vanilla bean
6 large eggs
4 large egg yolks
1 large loaf Brioche or croissants
1 cup hydrated raisins, optional
Jacques' tip: If you wanted to make this in a single large mold or baking dish, follow the exact same directions using an 8-cup mold or baking dish. A large bread pudding will need to bake for about 60 minutes. Use the same test for doneness.