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Chocolate Bread Pudding

by admin - January 29th, 2012.
Filed under: Recipes.

I don’t know what the weather is like where you live, but here it’s pretty chilly at the moment. Since I have quite a bit of stale bread to use up as well, it’s the perfect time to make a big batch of chocolate bread pudding. (Actually, I made some last week, but should have made at least a double recipe. Be forewarned, this pudding will disappear like magic!)

2 cups milk, scalded*
3 Tbs. baking cocoa (NOT instant chocolate milk mix!!)or 1 square unsweetened baking chocolate
1 cup bread crumbs
2 eggs, slightly beaten
1/2 cup sugar
pinch of salt
1 tsp. vanilla

Add chocolate or cocoa to milk in top of double boiler. If using baking chocolate, heat until chocolate is melted. (Grating chocolate will make this step shorter. I usually use the cocoa as we don’t need the added fat in the baking chocolate.) Add crumbs and soak until soft.

Add sugar and salt to slightly beaten eggs and mix well. Add a little of the hot mixture and mix again. Pour egg mixture into remaining milk/crumbs in double boiler. Stir well and cook for 5 minutes. Add vanilla.

Pour mixture into buttered baking dish and bake at 350 degrees F until a knife inserted into the middle comes out clean. (In my oven, this takes about 45 minutes.)

Serve warm or cold. This dessert is particularly good with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream or frozen yogurt, but is good even by itself.

*to scald milk, heat it until tiny bubbles form around the edges of the pan. If you wish, you can use a candy thermometer and heat milk to 180 degrees F.

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