Preheat over to 350 degrees.
Cut or tear bread into 1/2 to 1 inch cubes. Use enough bread to fill an 8" x 8" baking pan.
Pour the melted better over the bread.
If adding dried fruits or nuts, do so now, sprinkling them over the top of the bread.
In a separate bowl, combine the rest of the ingredients, mixing well. ( I used a whisk to get the job done. If you want, you can use a mixer or an immersion blender, but it's not necessary.) Pour mixed egg solution evenly over the bread. Press bread down to help ensure that all of the bread pieces are soaked in the egg solution.
Bake in preheated over at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. The top should look slightly browned when done.