Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Tuesdays with Dorie: Chocolate Bread Pudding

Bread pudding. Favorite dessert ever. I can't express in words how much I adore bread pudding. There's a restaurant (Bosco's Squared) I go to that I love but mainly I like going there because every week they have a different flavor bread pudding. When I make bread pudding at home this recipe from Epicurious.com is my go-to. I've made it more times than I can count and it's always delicious.
So I was completely thrilled that this week's selection was bread pudding because it's also my birthday today. So by picking the bread pudding this week, Lauren (of Upper East Side Chronicle) didn't know it but she gave me a special treat. Thanks Lauren!
The only thing I dislike about making bread pudding is cutting up the bread, because as I've mentioned, I'm the poster-child for kitchen mishaps, usually involving knives. Lucky for me I managed not to dice my fingers as well as the bread. I used 16 oz. of french bread because I couldn't find just 12 oz. It wasn't stale so I toasted it for 10 minutes as Dorie suggests. There seemed to be a whole lot of liquid for the bread, so I feel like it was probably good I used all 16 oz. I used Ghiradelli 60% cacao chocolate and omitted the raisins/cherries. When I added the chocolate to the milk it smelled just like hot chocolate. I used a 9 x 13 Pyrex pan and poured it all in. When I was putting the bread pudding together I was also baking a pork loin so I stuck the pudding in the fridge for 45 minutes or so until the pork was out of the oven. Also I didn't do the water bath. Granted it probably would have been better with it, but my roasting pan isn't big enough and I've successfully made bread pudding without the water bath before too. SO GOOD! Another delicious, delicious dessert. It's also great warm with vanilla bean ice cream. And it can make a tasty breakfast - not that I would know anything about that...

9 comments:

Emily said...

OMG, yum!

Also, happy birthday!!!

Megan said...

Happy birthday! And I loved this too! And it's nice to know that nothing bad happened to you while you were cutting up the bread.

Tracey said...

Happy Birthday!! This was my first time trying bread pudding and I really liked it! I can't wait to try other flavors.

Engineer Baker said...

What an awesome birthday treat! Lucky you, to have one of your favorite things get picked at just the right time :)

pinkstripes said...

I'm so glad it was a success for you. It looks fantastic.

Happy birthday! I hope you had a good one.

Jessica said...

Happy birthday! Your bread pudding looks wonderful and I'm glad that it was a happy birthday dessert for you, too. I love the whipped cream and chocolate shavings on top -- it looks divine.

Teanna said...

I think your version looks like a tasty breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, snack, side dish... with the ice cream, that just puts it over the top! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

stacey m. said...

Happy Birthday! I love bread pudding too - in fact, it's one of the many reasons I love New Orleans so much and I'm thrilled to know about Bosco's having a new flavor each week. YES!

I'm still not an official TWD baker - no idea why they've told me twice I was in but I never show up on the list. Oh well. I made the 15 minute magic torte a week late and it look so GOOD!

TeaLady said...

Bread pudding is also one my two favorite desserts (and cheese cake) and I didn't get to make this one. But it is in the oven now cause so many of you said it was good. Yours looks really tasty.

BTW Happy Birthday!!!