Tuesday, April 21, 2009

TWD - Chocolate Bread Pudding



These days, I'm not a big bread lover. A still warm Montreal-style bagel, sweet and chewy - yes, but not too often. Basic sliced bread - only if it's sprouted grain, in the style of Shasha Bread Co. I do occasionally enjoy a fresh slice of challah with salted butter. It was an easy thing to get a my local bakery a loaf of day old challah and cube and bake it to milk-sopping dryness.

I'm still grappling with the machinations of homemade pudding. But with the help of this group and Dorie's baking bible, I'm gaining confidence. I strayed from this recipe by using 1% milk, so when the hot eggy liquid was so liquidy, I wondered whether I'd made the wrong choice. Nonetheless, I poured it over the bread and raisins and put the pan into its warm bath.

A half hour later, there it was. Warm chocolate pudding soaked challah. Oh my! This was good. I had barely snapped the above picture when I wolfed down the plateful.

I don't think my family loved this recipe as much as I did. Maybe it wasn't sweet enough for them. But bread and chocolate, that's all I need!

Thanks to Lauren of A Baking Blog for making this yummy selection!

27 comments:

  1. Looks wonderful! I am a fan on vanilla custard bread pudding, but I really liked this one too. It was even better drizzled with chocolate sauce or cream anglaise!

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  2. I love Montreal bagels, they're so much better than the bread disguised bagels.

    I'm glad you enjoyed the reicpe!

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  3. I think I liked it because it WASN'T too sweet. I gotta say, I love it cold. Looks great!

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  4. I think I enjoyed this more than the rest of my family too. Oh well, more for us! I think your bread pudding looks great! This is a nice way to get a quick chocolate fix!

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  5. I like how yours resembles the picture in the book -some of the bread survives and is punctuated by the chocolate. Yum, that pudding hit the spot, didn't it? I like Dorie's recipes because they don't rely on numbing sweetness; lets the ingredients shine more. TWD is so perfect for showing us new things to enjoy...
    Nancy

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  6. So glad you liked it.

    I think mine needed more flavor.

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  7. I'll have to travel north sometime and have one of those warm bagels, sounds yumm. I have been staying away from sweets and treats for the spring vacation swimsuit attire. what a challenge! Anyway, your slices of chocolate pudding look amazing. Yummo chocolate too! Thanks for stopping by for a visit. Glad you liked it.
    AmyRuth

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  8. It looks great. I think the challah was a good choice for this recipe. Glad you liked it!

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  9. Mmmm, I love challah, too! The pudding looks excellent!


    -Amy
    www.singforyoursupperblog.com

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  10. I used challah dinner rolls! Who even knew there was such a thing? I loved this and thought it was pretty rich and sweet. Glad you liked it!

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  11. Chocolate and bread - always a good thing!

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  12. I loved this as well. Chocolate makes everything better.

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  13. Looks great! I loved it, too.

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  14. I'm glad the bread pudding was a success for you. It looks fantastic!

    You know, I've been to Montreal twice and have not had a bagel. And I wanted to, too! I wonder if you can get Montreal-style bagels in the US? They're probably not the same...

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  15. I loved mine too! I make it all the time. I brought mine from 4 star to 5. I don't temper the milk before hand and also use 2 percent only.
    Check it out when you can!

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  16. I loved this recipe too! It was my first time trying bread pudding and I'm definitely a convert. Your photos look great!

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  17. Growing up in New Jersey, I'm used to New-York style bagels -- are the Montreal ones different?

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  18. Ciao Clivia ! I liked the pudding too ! But my memories aren't too fresh ! I should make it again soon ! Give my regards to Fattypants !

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  19. Barbara, Montreal bagels use an eggy dough. They are boiled in honey and water and then baked in a wood-burning brick oven. They taste like nothing else and melt directly from your mouth to your hips!

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  20. Looks great! So happy that it surprised you with deliciousness!

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  21. Doesn't that just mean more for you. Looks yummy!!!

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  22. So you made this with 1% milk?! And it was still good! We loved this so much but the fat is enough to keep me from making it very often. I'll have to try it with 1%. It looks fantastic!

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  23. Oh, yea, bread and chocolate; sign me up! Your bread pudding looks great!

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  24. Wow, look at that! Yours looks like a chocolate and bread mosaic. I'm glad you enjoyed it :)

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  25. Glad you liked this Clivia - it looks good. I am with you - I have and am not a huge bread fan, and mostly eat it because I think I should.

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  26. unique chocolate bread mosaic.. i was thinking its a cake mosaic. :)

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