Break the bread into pieces and place in a bowl, pour over the milk and leave to soak for 30 minutes. Add all the remaining ingredients to the bread mixture and stir well.
Spread the mixture into a greased 1.5 litre (2½ pt) deep ovenproof dish. Bake in the oven for 1 hour at 160°C/350°F/Gas Mark 4. Serve hot with custard or allow to cool and cut into squares.
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