Bread pudding #07
Bread Pudding Dessert
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Title: Bread pudding #07
Yield: 12 Servings
3 lg Eggs
1 1/4 c Sugar
1 1/2 ts Vanilla extract; plus
1 ts (for the whipped cream)
1 1/4 ts Grated nutmeg (or ground
1 1/4 ts Ground cinnamon
4 tb Unsalted butter; melted
2 c Milk
1/2 c Chopped walnuts or other
1/2 c Chopped chocolate or chips;
-about 4 ounces
5 c Very stale and dry bread in
-3/4" to 1" cubes
1 pt Heavy cream
Powdered sugar to taste
I cook frequently for friends and chocolate bread pudding is what I
call a cheating dessert - I know it's going to get applause!
This recipe is a variation on Paul Prudhome's recipe from his video
entitled "Chef Paul Prudhomme's Louisiana Kitchen.' It has the basic
bread pudding recipe. All I do is add some chopped up good chocolate
or chocolate chips. Another good thing to do is to use chocolate
bread. I've seen chocolate bread in Grain d'Or bakeries.
It's important that the bread cubes are really dry so that they soak
up the milk and egg mixture before you bake it. If the bread isn't
really stale, cut it into cubes and put it on a cookie sheet in a 200
degree over for an hour and a half, stirring them a couple of times.
Beat the eggs on high speed in an electric mixer for about three
minutes, or by hand by a person with strong arms for about six
minutes. Prudhomme describes the eggs as having pinhead size bubbles.
Add the sugar, 1 1/2 tsp. of vanilla, nutmeg, cinnamon and butter.
Beat for a minute until well blended. Add the milk, nuts and
chocolate and mix.
Grease or butter a bread or lasagne pan that is just large enough to
hold all the bread cubes. Put the bread into the pan and pour the egg
and milk mixture over it. Stir it up a couple of times.
At this point, PP recommends letting it sit for 45 minutes, but we
busy yuppies can't wait around like that. Turn the oven to 350
degrees and stir the pudding again. When the oven is hot, stir the
pudding one last time and put it in the oven. Immediately lower the
temperature to 300 degrees.
After 40 minutes, turn the oven up to 425 degrees and let it bake
another 15 to 20 minutes.
While the pudding is baking, whip the cream with the rest of the
vanilla and powdered sugar to taste. Since the pudding is sweet, I
like to keep the cream light, and I don't whip it to the point that
it gets stiff. It's going to melt on the hot pudding anyway, and it
has more body if it is kept a little creamy.
When you take this pudding out of the oven all the chocolate
fanatics in the house will be swooning. The aroma is incredible. It's
not as complicated as the recipe seems, mostly because it's pretty
foolproof. This is one of those recipes where even if you make a
mistake, like if the top burns a little, or if you don't beat the
eggs enough, it may not be perfect ~ but I'll guarantee it won't get
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