I so miss Norma's in Pensacola and our beach trips when here came Miss Judy with a huge tray of Norma's bread pudding and three of her sweet, divine sauces. I will say that once we came in from the beach to the big house for lunch and finished it off with this decadent dessert, we literally "waddled" back out to the beach and promptly fell asleep!
Preheat oven to 325°F. In large mixing bowl, toss together baguette slices, white chocolate, and dried cherries. Set aside. In second large mixing bowl, stir together sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Measure out 1/4 cup of mixture into small bowl and set aside. In third large mixing bowl, whisk together eggs, cream, milk, and vanilla. Whisk egg mixture into larger bowl of sugar mixture, then pour over bread-chocolate mixture and stir to combine. Pour batter into 9 x 13 x 2-inch baking pan and sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup sugar mixture. Scatter butter cubes over top and bake until golden brown and just set in middle, 50 to 60 minutes. Remove from oven and spread cherry jelly evenly over top. Serve warm or at room temperature.
5 cups half-and-half cream