Soak raisins in apple juice for about an hour or two.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Brush a 13x9 baking dish with 1 Tablespoon of butter.
Cut the bread in cubes, remove the crust if you want to. Spread the bread in the baking dish. Add soaked raisins and mix.*
Melt the remaining butter.
In a deep bowl, add 3/4 cup sugar sugar, cream or milk, butter, 1 Tablespoon of vanilla extract and cinnamon. Mix well until sugar almost dissolves.
Pour the milk mixture over the bread and press lightly to soak all bread, set aside for 5-10 minutes.
In another bowl, mix eggs, remaining 1/4 cup of sugar and remaining vanilla extract.
Pour the egg mixture over the pan and carefully mix.
Bake uncovered in oven for 50-60 minutes or until a metal knife inserted in the middle comes out clean.
Cut, serve drizzled with the sauce, ice cream scoop or as is.