My mother introduced me to this simple yet tasty dessert "Bread pudding". Hers is a classic version which she makes using Caramel sauce (melted sugar). I opted to substitute caramel with an all time favorite ingredient, CHOCOLATE!!
This dessert is savored by people of all age. Its perfect choice for parties as you can complete all the prep ahead of time & just pop the pudding into the oven while your dinner is just finishing. Also fits with the perfect mood for dessert after candle light romantic dinner.
4 buns of sweet bread cut into half inch cubes (Or use regular bread just increase the amount of sugar per taste )
2/3 cup of milk
1 tbsp regular sugar & 1 tbsp brown sugar (Or use 2tbsp of regular sugar)
1 &1/2 tbsp of unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp of instant espresso coffee powder
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2-3 tbsp of semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 tbsp of fat free whipped cream for garnishing/serving.
Preheat your oven to 350F. Arrange the bread cubes on a baking sheet & bake for 5 mins or until toasted. Keep them aside
In a bowl combine milk, sugar, cocoa powder, espresso coffee powder, vanilla extract & egg. Whisk to combine all the ingredients to form a wet mixture.
Now add the bread to this wet mixture & mix well making sure each bread is well coated with the mixture. Cover & let it sit for about 1 hour. (you can also keep it for longer)
Preheat your oven to 325F. In a baking dish, pour the bread mixture & top it with chocolate chips. Fill another baking tray with 1 inch deep warm water & place the bread pudding tray in it.
Bake for about 35-40 mins or until set. Chocolate Bread pudding is ready!! Its crusty from the outside & mushy from inside - just perfect!!
Serve pudding warm topped with whipped cream & some chocolate shavings.
Hope you try it & enjoy it as much as I do!!
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