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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

TWD: Four-Star Chocolate Bread Pudding



Lauren at Upper East Side Chronicle chose the Four Star Chocolate Bread Pudding for this week's Tuesdays with Dorie.

I made a loaf of Challah to use for my bread pudding.  I made a half recipe using two 4x4 pans. I cut and toasted my Challah, as Dorie suggests, and thought it took to the pudding quite nicely.  I did add a little extra bread though just to be extra sure that the custard was soaked up.  

I have to admit I was pleasantly surprised by the recipe.  Sadly, I am not much of a bread pudding fan to begin with, so I was mostly expecting not to like this at all.  As it turns out, I did like it.  I can't say I loved it, because this just isn't really my thing, but it was good.  

What I can say though, from my friends who love bread pudding, is that they thought this was amazing.  They raved that it was incredible, so there you go!





30 comments:

Mary Ann said...

Your challah is beautiful! I am glad you liked the recipe and I am sure that bread pudding lovers loved it. Looks great.

LaDue & Crew said...

It looks fabulous! I, like you, am not bowled over by bread pudding. This one, though, looks unique. I think I am seriously interested in making that challah bread though. It is an absolute favorite of mine!

Amanda said...

Goegeous challah! I am a fan on vanilla custard bread pudding, but I really liked this one too. It was even better drizzled with chocolate sauce or cream anglaise!

Marthe said...

Yes, this was not my thing either!

What's for Supper? said...

Yours looks REALLY good. I love the strawberry with it.

Lauren said...

Thanks for baking along. Your photos look terrific. I'm glad your friends liked the bread pudding

chocolatechic said...

I halved my custard so it wouldn't be so soupy.

Michelle said...

OH your Challah looks gorgeous. I made Challah too and love to braid dough.

Great job!

Cafe Johnsonia said...

It's so funny how many of us don't care so much for bread pudding.

It looks great, Holly. I bet it was really good with homemade challah and that ice cream. YUM.

thegreatpantryraid said...

I like the positioning of the strawberries nearby - you know, to balance out the fat and sugar. :)

Looks great!

Lady Baker said...

wow, your bread came out amazing!! The pudding too!

FYI, I mentioned you in my post today as I did not make the bread pudding--but I DID make the "perfect chocloate brownies" you posted about earlier this month! They were indeed, perfect!

Tracey said...

Your challah looks wonderful! Sorry the bread pudding wasn't your favorite. It was my first time trying it and I was surprised by how much I liked it!

Manggy said...

You made your own bread to turn into pudding? That's hardcore, Holly!!! I'm glad you liked it, albeit unexpectedly :)

Kayte said...

Holly, how on earth could you ruin that great Challah with all that chocolate?????? LOL. Just kidding, it does look really really good. But, the Challah is making me drool with envy. Beautiful presentation!

pinkstripes said...

Your bread pudding looks fantastic. I'm glad it was a success for your bread pudding-loving friends.

doughmesstic said...

What beautiful bread, Holly! It's kind of a shame to have torn it up to use in this pudding - considering neither of us LOVED it - but yours really does look good!

Sweet as Coco said...

You are too much...you MADE the Challah. I have been wanting to try that--

I agree--Im not a huge fan of bread pudding either but this was good. Glad your friends enjoyed it!

Team Jensen said...

I LOVE bread pudding, but to add chocolate with it...looks divine! Can't wait to try it!

Engineer Baker said...

It looks awesome! I'm glad you liked it, especially since you weren't expecting to like it at all. Kudos for trying it anyways!

Carol Peterman said...

Beautiful bread pudding and beautiful challah. I don't think I could have cut that loaf up and let it go stale, it just looks too good!

The Food Librarian said...

Your challah is too pretty to cut up into bread pudding!! :) Both look wonderful!

farah said...

Wow, your challah and bread pudding look great. I didn't expect to like it either but i did. Glad you enjoyed it :)

AmyRuth said...

Holly,
Beautiful opening photo! Not surprised your BP eater/lovers loved your CBP. Who wouldn't love your cooking. Its PheMOMenonal!!! he he Anyway, glad you surprised yourself. Can't wait until next week. ymm Oh yes, stellar challah loaf. Wow, you bread makers put us buyers to shame.
Great job.
AmyRuth

Teanna DiMicco said...

I love that you made the challah yourself and I love that you were pleased with the recipe! It looks gorgeous!

Katrina said...

I'll take that ice cream drizzled with chocolate in your pictures instead of the bread pudding. No really, I liked it, too, but didn't LOVE it. Don't really know if I'll ever make it again, but I AM glad I did make it and I did LIKE it. I flavored mine with orange chocolate and almonds and it was good! Love your homemade challah!

duodishes.com said...

Holla at this sweet challah recipe! Bread pudding can't go wrong with chocolate.

steph- whisk/spoon said...

nice looking pudding! and seriously--you made your own braided challah?? i am truly impressed!

TeaLady said...

Beautiful challah. Mine is baking, but it doesn't look like THAT!!! And the bread pudding. Amazing!!!

Steph said...

The bread pudding looks delish! I need to try it as soon as I can get back on my feet!

Jaime said...

i think it looks so much better w/the challah! i used white bread and it was kind of thin

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