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Tuesdays With Dorie: Four-Star Chocolate Bread Pudding

April 21, 2009

This week, the Tuesdays With Dorie bakers made Four-Star Chocolate Bread Pudding. I’m pretty sure I’ve never made bread pudding, nor have I tried chocolate bread pudding. I’ve had my share of fancied-up (usually boozy) versions in restaurants, but my favorite has always been my mom’s. Sometimes after dinner, we’d have warm bread pudding and it was always a nice treat.

This recipe was selected by Lauren and you can check here for the recipe on her blog. Or, take a look at page 410 of Baking: From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan.

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What I did:

  • I made 1/4 of the recipe, since the full recipe makes 12 servings, and that would be a heck of a lot of bread pudding for two people! This amount fit well in a 6″ Pyrex dish.
  • For the bread, I bought a mini French baguette and let it sit on the counter to dry out.
  • I used all whole milk instead of part whole milk and part cream.
  • And I never thought I’d be typing these words, but I omitted the raisins. I love raisins. Normally, I’d double the raisins in a recipe. But I knew that bread pudding might be a tough sell for my husband, and raisins could be the dealbreaker.ย 

How it went: This was quick and easy: whisk the eggs and sugar, heat the milk, combine the two (without scrambling the eggs), add the chocolate, and pour it over the cubed bread. The mixutre sits for 30 minutes to give the bread time to absorb the custard, then it bakes in a water bath. I baked my small dish for about 25 minutes, and I think it it was a bit overbaked. There was a lot of custard, so I wanted to make sure it wasn’t soupy.ย 

How it tasted:ย The recipe recommends serving it cool or chilled, and offers suggestions for sauces and toppings. I went with good old whipped cream, which is pretty much my favorite topping. I chilled it and then took it out of the fridge a while before serving. And…it was not a hit with either of us. I like chocolate and I like bread pudding, but I guess I don’t like them together.

Would I make this again?: No. I’m not giving up on bread pudding, but next time I’ll try my mom’s recipe to see if it lives up to my memories.

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27 comments

  1. 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! It was definitely better warmed ๐Ÿ™‚


  2. I wonder whether not using the heavy cream changed the taste too much? I liked the warm chocolate taste, but it didn’t improve with age.


  3. I halved the custard portion, and I didn’t add any fruit.

    It needs something though…


  4. Looks GREAT! I was on the fence too – maybe because it was my first – a little dry… but I might try it again. Maybe it was the bread… glad you made it though – and love the serving dish!


  5. Sorry it wasn’t a hit, but at least you tried it. Cute picture, too!


  6. What a cute mug! Sorry you didn’t love it- it’s hard to beat mom’s recipes!


  7. Aww – too bad. You can send the leftovers to me, though! ๐Ÿ™‚


  8. too bad it wasn’t a success for you. I didn’t like it much either. It looks good though.


  9. Love the teacup! So pretty.


  10. I’m with you, I wasnt a huge fan!


  11. Big favorite at our house, never too dry….I bake mine covered for half the time then uncovered. Itook out the raisins too and added lots of ooey gooey, taste just like a smooth candy bar. Delish!


  12. Thanks for visiting…I’m sorry this wasn’t your favorite, but I like your presentation! And I was reading about your torte and was glad to see that you were able to use the Smart Balance sticks. I use SB (the tub kind) on my toast and bagels, and I got a free package of sticks with a coupon, but haven’t done anything with them!
    See you soon…
    Audrey


  13. Jill, this recipe has inspired me to try to find a great (non-chocolate) bread pudding. I’m not likely to be doing intensive research right away, but I’d probably start with the UK chefs (Jamie Oliver, Nigella Lawson, Delia Smith, etc) Over there , they have such a tradition of hot puddings of all kinds. I’ve eaten some fantastic bread-and-butter puddings in England. I just did a quick search of Delia’s website and she has some that look really good. Let us know what you think when you make your mom’s recipe!
    Nancy


  14. Bummer, sorry you didn’t like it! At least you tried though ๐Ÿ™‚ It looks so pretty in that cup!


  15. Very pretty! I think some kind of sauce for this would add something.


  16. Too bad you didn’t like it. I gotta admit – I wasn’t a huge fan till I ate the leftovers the next day. And then the day after that, it was even better. ๐Ÿ™‚


  17. At least you gave it a try! Perhaps another recipe would work better for you, but it’s always fun to bake something different and new.


  18. Ciao ! I love the set up ! My sick boy was beside me at the pc and said :’Buono !!’


  19. I like the cute little tea cup!
    This wasn’t a favourite of ours either, but I am glad we tried it.


  20. It’s funny how sometimes we like things separately but not together. That’s how I felt about the chocolate gingerbread that we made in January. I’m sorry that it wasn’t your favorite but I’d love to read more about your mom’s bread pudding (hint hint).


  21. I’m sorry you weren’t a fan! I hope your mom’s bread pudding is everything you remember and more!


  22. What a pretty presentation. Sorry it wasn’t your cup of bread pudding, but at least you didn’t make the whole recipe!


  23. Your bread pudding looks great, despite not being a huge hit. I liked it, but there are other bread puddings I’ve enjoyed more. Good luck with the next round!


  24. Love the cute cup of cubes and chocolate. Looks yummy. Sorry it wasn’t your cup of tea. 8-).


  25. I liked it, but more for the chocolate and nuts I put in, but not so much the custardy bread. We gave it a shot though, huh.


  26. This wasn’t my favorite either. So many other good things out there. I love your tea cup. Too cute.


  27. Oooh, how lucky you are… having a “mom’s recipe” to try.

    Well, there’s always next week!



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