Bread pudding is such an adult dessert. I never appreciated it until I was a grown up. In fact, the first time I enjoyed it was at my wedding dinner at my favorite (and now closed) restaurant in Sturbridge, MA. It was sooo good. I’ve never been able to duplicate it.
You should be seeing pictures of Chocolate Bread Pudding. Don’t worry–there’s plenty of chocolate in it, I just couldn’t bring myself to make a chocolate custard. Sorry. I just didn’t think it would be as appetizing–you know, a big pan of brown goo. I wanted big pockets of dried cherries and melted chocolate. That’s precisely what I got.
I made homemade white bread with lots of eggs and let it dry out. I was a little worried that it wouldn’t work and would turn to mush, but it was perfect.
As I thought about this recipe, I decided that I really wanted to try a portion of the recipe with caramelized pears. So I reserved a bit of everything and caramelized a pear cut into chunks.
Then they were ready to go into the oven. I’ve never used a water bath for my bread pudding before, but I will do it from now on. I think it prevented the pudding from being raw in the middle and dry at the edges.
When I pulled it out of the oven, I was very happy with the result.
I made some whipped cream (with sour cream added), dolloped some on the top and I shared it with my kids for lunch yesterday.
As always, Dorie came through. This is a good recipe. I hope you’ll try it. You can get it here.
Happy Tuesday everyone!