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Chunky Chocolate Bread Pudding w/White Chocolate Brandy Sauce

Does it get any better than this? I don’t think so. I wish I could invent a little sampler button that would pop out tiny bites of this for you. A scratch ‘n sniff wouldn’t hurt either.

I planned to make this for a luncheon yesterday, but that fell through for a truly wonderful reason: my friend’s daughter-in-law went into labor. MUCH more important than lunch. So then I thought I’d make it tonight for dessert before we headed out with some friends to hear a band. But that fell through too … so we’re eating it anyway. What, did you want me to throw it away?

Try this sometime. Aren’t I bossy?

Chunky Chocolate Bread Pudding

  • 1  loaf of day-old French bread
  • 3 1/2  cups  milk (I use 2%)
  • 1  cup  half-and-half (I use fat-free half-and-half)
  • 4  large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1  cup  sugar
  • 2  tablespoons  butter, melted
  • 1  tablespoon  vanilla extract
  • 1/8  teaspoon  salt
  • 2  (4-ounce) bittersweet chocolate bars
Tear French bread into small pieces and place them in a large bowl.
Combine milk and half-and-half in a bowl and stir into bread. Let the mixture stand 10 minutes.

In another bowl, blend eggs, sugar, butter, vanilla and salt.

Add to bread and milk, stirring well.

Chop chocolate bars into chunks.

Add to mixture and stir to combine.

Spoon into a lightly greased 13″ x 9″ pan. Bake, uncovered, for 55 minutes at 325° or until firm and lightly browned.

Cool up to one hour. Serve warm with White Chocolate Brandy Sauce.

(Adapted from Southern Living, MAY 2001)

White Chocolate Brandy Sauce

  • 1/2  cup  sugar
  • 1/2  cup  butter or margarine
  • 1/2  cup  half-and-half (I use fat-free)
  • 1  (4-ounce) white chocolate bar
  • 3  tablespoons  brandy
Bring first 3 ingredients to a boil in a medium saucepan, stirring until sugar dissolves. Reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes.
Chop white chocolate bar into chunks and add to saucepan. Stir until melted. Add brandy, stir well, and serve over bread pudding.
I think an extreme close-up is in order.
That’s weird. I somehow missed a crumb …

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Suzanne Brodie
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Oh yeah this is sumthin’ I’m gonna be makin’ for myvaryownself!! Yum!

Tera Woodward
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This was really good, especially when it came right out of the oven and was still warm. I reccomend it with a glass of milk. 😉

Anita Scheftner
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If she isn’t available at the moment..I will I will…lol…

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