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Challah Bread Pudding

February 25, 2010

Cheers, everyone!

I’ve just returned from our “spring break.” Despite it being mid-Feburary, I was lucky enough to be able to travel to Spain and still soak up some sun! Returning to the London fog, cold and rain was a bit rough, and the combination of it being mean and stormy, and challah costing only 1 pound, led to my first night back consisting of this:

Apple, Chocolate, and Raisin Studded Challah Bread Pudding

I’m sorry, can it get any better?


Ingredients! I could have eaten that loaf whole, plain, mind you. Serious will power on my part.

First, preheat your oven to 325 degrees F.

Combine warmed milk (I heated mine in a sauce pan on the stove) and melted butter with the sugar, eggs, and vanilla in a large mixing bowl. Whisk until incorporated and smooth.

Line a large baking dish with two-thirds of the challah slices. Sprinkle with apples, half the chocolate chips and half the raisins.

Top with remaining challah slices, layering them one on top of the other, and then remaining chocolate chips and raisins, making sure the chips and raisins get inside the layers created by the challah slices.

Pour milk mixture slowly over the top of everything and let stand until the bread has absorbed almost all of the liquid, 5 to 10 minutes.

Wrap the baking dish tightly with aluminum foil and bake for 50 minutes.

Remove the aluminum foil and cook 10 to 15 minutes longer until set in the middle and lightly browned on top.

Yummmm!

Remove from oven and let cool before serving. The recipe we followed called for homemade chocolate ganache drizzled on top, which we wish we could/what you SHOULD have done/do. Sadly I was unable to find whipping cream at any of our stores.

Bread pudding is one of my new favorite desserts. It gets a bad rap and tends to scare people off because, and I totally admit, the name is kind of gross sounding. But it’s insanely easy to put together, and doesn’t require any of those pesky traditional dry ingredients essential to most baking. The texture is a perfect balance between creamy and crispy, and the mixture of the fruit with the chocolate is the perfect balance of tart and rich. I curled up with a plateful of this and suddenly everything was alright.

Recipe: Adapted from The Houndstooth Gourmet via Dave Lieberman recipe from the Food Network

  • 4 cups whole milk, warmed
  • 1 stick (8 tablespoons) butter, melted in microwave
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 loaf challah bread, cut into 1 1/2-inch slices
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 2 apples, cored, peeled and chopped
  • Directions:
    1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.

    2. Combine warmed milk and melted butter with the sugar, eggs, and vanilla in a large mixing bowl. Whisk until incorporated and smooth.

    3. Line a large baking dish with two-thirds of the challah slices. Sprinkle with apples, half the chocolate chips and half the raisins. Top with remaining challah slices, layering them one on top of the other, and then remaining chocolate chips and raisins, making sure the chips and raisins get inside the layers created by the challah slices.

    4. Pour milk mixture slowly over the top of everything and let stand until the bread has absorbed almost all of the liquid, 5 to 10 minutes.

    5. Wrap the baking dish tightly with aluminum foil and bake for 50 minutes. Remove the aluminum foil and cook 10 to 15 minutes longer until set in the middle and lightly browned on top.

    6. Remove from oven and let cool before serving. Serve with the Chocolate Ganache drizzled over top.

    Chocolate Ganache Recipe:

    Ingredients:

    1 cup heavy whipping cream

    1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

    Directions:

    In a small saucepan, heat heavy cream to just below a simmer.

    Place the chocolate chips in a medium heat-proof bowl and pour the hot cream over the chocolate chips.

    Cover tightly with plastic wrap and let sit for 5 minutes.

    Remove plastic wrap and whisk vigorously until ganache becomes a uniform smooth chocolate sauce. Serve while warm.

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