I know that this is a wonderful comfort food for a lot of people, but to be honest I have never heard of chocolate pudding bread before. I was Googling bread with chocolate and Chocolate Bread Pudding popped up which totally peaked my interest. So I jumped around on the net to check out various recipes and finally I decided to give it a whirl and come up with my own version of this favorite dessert. This was also really easy to make with simple ingredients you probably have already in your pantry.
All you need is the following...
3 cups of day old bread, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 1/4 cups of half & half
1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 cup dark rum (optional)
whipped cream and chocolate syrup to top off your pudding
In small saucepan heat the half & half on medium heat just til it begins to boil. Remove from heat, add the chocolate to the pot and let melt. In the meantime place the eggs. vanilla, brown sugar and salt in a good sized bowl and beat til blended. Add the chocolate mixture to the egg mixture and beat.for about one minutes. Add the rum at this time if you are going with the "big girl" version of this recipe. Toss in the bread and make sure you coat it well with the chocolate mixture. Let the mixture stand for about 15 minutes. Don't worry if it looks a bit soupy, this is what will give the bread a pudding like quality.
Pour into a baking dish sprayed with cooking spray or into ramekins for individual servings like I did. Place in oven preheated to 325 degrees and bake for 45 minutes.
Note...I did not change the cooking time using the individual ramekins versus putting it all in one baking dish. The original recipe made it in one dish with this cooking time.
Serve warm or at room temp. Top with whipped cream and chocolate sauce drizzle.
Makes 4 servings.
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