Cut or rip the bread into 2-inch cubes and set aside in a bowl. Whisk 1 cup of milk, 1/4 cup half and half, 2 eggs, 1/2 cup raw sugar and 1/2 cup brown sugar. Add 1 tbsp. vanilla, 1 tsp. cinnamon, and a generous pinch of salt. Heat 1/2 cup dark rum with 1/2 cup golden raisins. Pour milk mixture and softened raisins onto the bread. Mix gently. Pour into buttered pan and sprinkle with a mix of raw sugar and brown sugar. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Serve warm.
Vanilla Bean Sauce:
Whisk 1 cup confectioners sugar, 1 tsp. vanilla paste, 1-2 tbsps. milk, and 1 tbsp. whiskey. Refrigerate and then drizzle sauce across warm bread pudding.
(Also, don't forget to register for TCV's upcoming Vegetarian Cooking Class. I will be his dutiful little helper, and I know you don't want to miss out on that dynamic!)