1 loaf day old Italian or French bread 3 eggs 1 scant cup sugar 1 quart milk or half and half 1 1/2 tablespoons vanilla 4 large ripe bananas, mashed 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg 1 teaspoon cinnamon, divided in half 1 cup raisins 1/2 teaspoon fresh, finely grated ginger root 2 tablespoons dark rum or banana liqueur
Put the raisins in the rum or liqueur, and warm briefly in the microwave (20-30 seconds). Allow to sit at least 30 minutes. Stir in 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon and mix well.
Cube the loaf of bread, put it in a bowl with the milk and allow to stand for an hour.
Meanwhile, in a separate bowl, beat together the eggs, sugar, vanilla, and remaining spices. Mash the bananas and combine all ingredients together.
Turn out into a lightly greased 10X12 or 9X13 inch baking dish and bake at 325 degrees for 70-75 minutes or until edges are golden and toothpick inserted in center comes out nearly clean (same test as for cakes).