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?
- 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
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.
- 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