debbie's death by chocolate bread pudding

★★★★★ 4 Reviews
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By Debbie Thurmond
from Shreveport, LA

We had friends that we traditionally celebrate Valentine's Day with. We got together this past weekend for dinner at one of Shreveport's incredible restaurants, but our friends wanted to come back to our house for dessert. This is what I came up with. I used dark chocolate, simply because it is my favorite. You could use semi-sweet or even milk chocolate if you prefer... but why? LOL!!!

Blue Ribbon Recipe

Holy decadence! This bread pudding is going to put you into a chocolate coma... and worth every bite. It's a rich and decadent bread pudding filled with chocolate and pecans. The bread pudding has a firm but creamy texture and the pecans add a nice crunch. Alone, it's delicious. But add the simple chocolate sauce and this is out of this world good. You don't have to dip the strawberries in chocolate, but it's a nice touch for presentation. This bread pudding recipe is easy enough to make any time you want an indulgent dessert, but special enough for a holiday or special occasion.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
★★★★★ 4 Reviews
serves 10-12
prep time 45 Min
cook time 45 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For debbie's death by chocolate bread pudding

  • DARK CHOCOLATE BREAD PUDDING
  • 1
    loaf French or Italian bread
  • 4
    eggs, slightly beaten
  • 2 tsp
    vanilla
  • 2 c
    sugar
  • 1 stick
    butter, melted
  • 4 c
    half and half or heavy whipping cream
  • 1 c
    chopped pecans
  • 1 c
    slightly sweet or semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • CHOCOLATE SAUCE
  • 1 pkg
    slightly sweet or semi-sweet chocolate chips, 12 oz.
  • 1 stick
    butter
  • 1 - 1 1/4 c
    half and half or heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tsp
    vanilla
  • strawberries, dipped in the chocolate for garnish

How To Make debbie's death by chocolate bread pudding

  • Chunks of bread on a cutting board.
    1
    Tear your loaf of bread into small chunks. When I make bread pudding, I prefer to allow my bread to sit for several hours or overnight to "stale." I tear the bread in pieces into a large bowl and cover it with a dishtowel until I am ready to mix it all together.
  • Setting oven to 350 degrees.
    2
    Preheat oven to 350 F.
  • Eggs, sugar, half and half (or cream), and vanilla whisked together in a bowl.
    3
    In a medium-size bowl, mix slightly beaten eggs, sugar, half and half (or cream), and vanilla. Beat on medium until well blended.
  • Pouring in melted butter.
    4
    Melt the butter in the microwave and slowly blend into the sugar mixture.
  • Pouring egg mixture over the bread.
    5
    Pour this mixture over the bread pieces. Stir gently to coat all the bread pieces evenly.
  • Folding pecans into the bread.
    6
    Gently fold the chocolate chips and the pecans evenly into the bread mixture.
  • Bread mixture soaking in a bowl.
    7
    Allow the mixture to sit for 10 minutes to absorb the liquid.
  • Bread poured into a baking dish.
    8
    Pour into a greased 9x13 pan.
  • Bread pudding baking in the oven.
    9
    Bake 45-50 minutes or until lightly brown but not overdone.
  • Baked bread pudding resting.
    10
    Allow to cool a bit while you prepare the chocolate sauce. Do not prepare the chocolate sauce until the bread pudding is ready to come out. it will get too hard.
  • Chocolate chips and butter in a bowl.
    11
    For the chocolate sauce, in a microwave-safe bowl, melt chocolate chips and the butter.
  • Adding vanilla extract to melted chocolate.
    12
    Check and stir every 30 seconds or so. Add vanilla extract.
  • Slowly adding cream to melted chocolate.
    13
    Once melted and stirred smooth, add your half and half (or cream) about 1/4 cup at a time stirring well.
  • Melted chocolate in a bowl.
    14
    Microwave another 30 seconds each time until you get it to the consistency that you want it to be to allow you to drizzle it. You may need up to 1 cup of half and half (or cream).
  • Dipping strawberries in chocolate.
    15
    At this point, for each person I was serving, I dipped a strawberry in the chocolate mixture and set them on waxed paper to dry.
  • Chocolate sauce in a bowl.
    16
    I dished everyone's bread pudding up, added the chocolate sauce and then garnished with a chocolate covered strawberry. THIS WAS A HIT!!!
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