For a special treat on Easter this year, splurge on some good-quality chocolate and make the following dessert. Bread Pudding is one of those true, great ‘comfort food’ desserts. Like all comfort food, it combines a little of what you already have on hand (stale bread that needs to be used up) with some fresh new ingredients to turn it into something special. In this case it’s the chocolate, and the warm chocolate sauce too. For bread choices, it’s a good idea to stick to something with a bit of structure to it – so avoid super soft French loaves. A sourdough works well, a sturdy baguette, or even stale hot-cross buns. The bread has a lot of flavour to soak up. For chocolate we tend to use Lindt brand. You can find this in the form of large bars at the grocery store, at the Lindt outlet store in Cambridge and at Vincenzo’s. You could even sacrifice a Lindt chocolate bunny pre-Easter to make this dessert
Triple Chocolate Bread Pudding
- Butter, as needed
- 4 L cubed bread (see options, above)
- 6 whole eggs
- 750 ml 10% cream
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp vanilla
- Pinch nutmeg
- 1 cup dark chocolate, chopped
- 1/2 cup white chocolate, chopped
Preheat oven to 350°F.; Generously butter an oven-proof 9x 13 sized baking dish and fill with cubed bread. Set aside; Whisk together eggs, cream, sugar cinnamon, vanilla and nutmeg; Sprinkle chocolates over bread cubes, and then pour custard mixture over the entire dish, patting the custard into the bread; Cover with foil. Bake for 45 minutes. Remove foil and bake for 15 more minutes, until golden brown. Let stand 10- 15 minutes before cutting into squares. Serve with chocolate sauce.
For chocolate sauce:
1 cup of milk chocolate, chopped 1/2 cup 35% cream, 2 tbsp butter Place chocolate, cream and butter in a stainless steel or glass bowl and place over a double boiler. Water should be barely simmering; Heat until chocolate is fully melted, stirring occasionally.
Note: This sauce keeps well in the refrigerator for any chocolate sauce emergencies; just re-heat in the microwave.