Tuesday, April 21, 2009
TWD - Four Star Chocolate Bread Pudding
This week’s TWD recipe was chosen by Lauren of Upper East Side Chronicle and is Four Star Chocolate Bread Pudding. Once upon a time I thought that bread pudding sounded the most revolting thing ever, but after making a chocolate and banana bread and butter pudding about 8 years ago, I was converted. It’s not something I make often though so it was nice to get another opportunity.
This bread pudding is not bread and butter pudding – it’s just bread pudding and I actually found that the lack of butter also meant lack in richness. The bread pudding was really easy to make - cube your stale bread, make a custard with sugar, milk, cream, eggs and chocolate, pour over and bake. I adjusted the recipe a bit, quartering it to make two small ramekins (one each for me and my husband) and I used all milk (low fat at that), no cream. I had to go and buy some bread to make the pudding as I didn’t have any leftover bits in the freezer, and I went with ciabatta – but I think that this particular recipe really does need a richer bread like brioche.
While this pudding was ok, I didn’t like it nearly as much as bread and butter pudding where you spread your bread with butter before soaking it in the custard. I think it is a good example of results speaking for the ingredients – if I had used the cream, full fat milk and brioche I think I would have got a richer, more delicious dessert.
See how the other TWDers did here.