I was lucky enough to come by a recipe from rainforrest cafe for their Coconut bread pudding! This is sooooooooooooooooooooooooooo good! Thank you for being generous and giving me this wonderful recipe. I also like substituting the apricots for cherries.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Arrange half of bread cubes in 13x992 glass baking dish. sprinkle with half coconut and all apricots. Arrange remaining bread over. Top with remaining coconut. Combine cream of coconut and milk, 1/2 c sugar, and vanilla in heavy large saucepan. Stir over medium heat until sugar disolves and mixture is warm ( but not hot ) remove from heat. Whisk in eggs into large bowl to blend, whisk in warm milk mixture. pour mixture over bread in baking dish. using back of spoon push bread gently into milk mixture. let stand 15 minutes.
Bake until pudding is set and golden brown about 50 minutes, transfer to rack to cool flightly.
sift powdered sugar over bread pudding, serve warm topped with whipped cream if desired/and or a caramel sauce