I love bread and I love bread pudding. Not something to have every day, but a special treat for Valentine’s Day. You should have what you love on the day made for love right??? I got this one from the master of New Orleans cooking….Emeril Lagasse. I made only a few minor changes for my style and scaled the recipe somewhat. Sometimes things don’t need improving upon. I love the recipes he shares. They are in such good form and when followed correctly, almost always turn out as expected. Not true with some other chefs.
What You Need:
- 8 cups day-old white bread, cut into 1-inch cubes
- 5 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 2 cups heavy cream
- 2 cups milk
- 4 large eggs
- 1 cup light brown sugar
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup raisins (optional)
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon+ a little more for finishing
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
- 1 cup milk
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
What You Do:
- Place the cubed bread in a mixing bowl.
- In a small saucepan, melt 4 tablespoons of the butter over medium heat and pour the butter over the bread cubes.
- Using a rubber spatula, toss to evenly distribute the butter.
- Grease a 9 by 13-inch baking dish with the remaining 1 tablespoon of the butter and set aside.
- In a medium mixing bowl, combine the cream, milk, eggs, brown sugar, granulated sugar, raisins, if using, vanilla extract, cinnamon, and nutmeg and whisk to combine.
- Pour the cream mixture over the bread cubes and stir to combine.
- Let sit for 30 for 45 minutes, or until the bread is soft and has absorbed most of the liquid.
- Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Transfer the bread mixture to the prepared baking dish and bake, uncovered, until the top is golden brown and crispy and the pudding is firm in the center, about 45 minutes.
- Let cool for 15 minutes before serving.
- Combine the milk, cream, brown sugar, and cinnamon in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat and bring just to a boil.
- Immediately pour over the chocolate chips in a medium mixing bowl
- Let sit for one minute, then whisk until smooth.
While everything is still warm serve the bread pudding topped with the chocolate sauce and whipped cream. Finish with a dusting of cinnamon.
I am going to ramble about this at some of these fun parties.