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  Categories: Desserts, Bread, Puddings
       Yield: 6 servings
     1/3 c  Sugar
       8 sl White bread
       2 c  Milk
     1/8 ts Salt
     1/2 c  Sugar
       1 tb Butter; melted
       1 ts Vanilla
       2    Eggs; well beaten
     1/2 c  Dried figs; chopped
     1/2 c  Slivered almonds
   In small skillet over low heat, melt 1/3 cup sugar until it forms
   carmel-like syrup, stirring constantly. Pour into greased loaf pan, tipping
   slightly to coat sides. Break bread into mixing bow. Pour milk over; add
   salt, 1/2 cup sugar, butter, vanilla and eggs. Blend until well mixed. Stir
   in California dried figs. Spoon into loaf pan that has been coated with
   caramelized sugar.  Sprinkle with almonds.  Bake at 350 degrees F. for 45
   minutes.  Turn upside down on platter immediately. Serve hot or cold, plain
   or with custard sauce. Makes 6 servings. (maw)