And bread pudding.
Bread pudding is easily my most favorite indulgent treat. There's absolutely nothing healthy about it [what baked good is...] but uggGggGggGggggh, it is SO good. I can't resist it. I get it from my mama.
So for this months' SRC, there was zero question about what I would choose to make from Kate's Kitchen, my October assignment.
Kate's lovely blog is full of savory cooking recipes and you know they must be de-lish because her hubby is actually a sous chef. As well as her appointed taste tester. So while I eat pre-made salads from the grocery store, I can't even imagine the decadent, wondrous meals going down in Kate's house. Lucky gal!
But as I perused Kate's blog, I came across her Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding with Rum Cinnamon Sauce....hmm, no brainer.
And this recipe did not disappoint.
Bread puddings are one of those goodies that require the least amount effort but produce crowd pleasing favorites that no one can ever get enough of. And during the hectic holiday times, who doesn't love a dish that you quickly prepare the night before, let set while you sleep, and pop into the oven in the morning for a hearty, filling breakfast?
This custard-laden bread dish consists of your classic bread pudding ingredients but Kate's subtle variations create a dish on a level of it's own. For example, allowing the butter to seep into each piece of bread, the studding of chocolate chips throughout the dish, and the drizzle of butter and brown sugar across the top before baking. I guess that cinnamon rum sauce [that simply screams holidays!] seeping into every crevice doesn't hurt either.
But to really get what I'm saying here, you're just going to have to bake up a batch of this yourself. It took me oh, all of about 6.25 minutes to whip together and you just let the oven do the rest. I'm already envisioning this dish at our breakfast table for the coming holidays. It's that worthy.
I highly recommend you make try this recipe out before the holidays though, just to make sure you really like it. It typically takes about half of a panful of taste testing bites to truly get a feel for it though. I guess you'll just have to sacrifice for this one though ☺
So THANK YOU, Kate, for such a quality recipe that will remain in my repertoire for a long time coming. I'm so excited to have been assigned your blog and can't wait to see what you whip up next. Until next month, SRCers! .
- Feel free to use whatever type of bread you have on hand, but I always recommend quality breads such as challah, brioche, etc. And if you're feeling really adventurous, try out the best homemade challah recipe I've come across [and I'm not just saying that because it's my recipe, I promise!].
- This particular recipe doesn't require overnight setting, but it doesn't mean it can't! The longer a bread pudding sits, the better it will taste. Trust!
- If you're looking for a more adult version of the rum cinnamon sauce, substitute in 1/4 cup of rum for the rum extract and water.
Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding:
1 lb. bread loaf, cut into 1-inch cubes
1/2 c. unsalted butter, melted
1 scant c. semisweet chocolate chips
2-1/2 c. half & half
1 c. sugar
6 large eggs
4 large egg yolks
2 tbsp. vanilla extract
1/8 tsp. salt
2 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted
2 tbsp. packed light brown sugar
Rum Cinnamon Sauce:
1 c. unsalted butter, melted
1 c. dark brown sugar
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tbsp. rum extract
3 tbsp. water
1 tbsp. vanilla extract
- Spray a 13x9-inch baking pan with cooking spray. In a large bowl, toss together bread and melted butter to coat bread pieces evenly. Add chocolate chips and mix well. Spread bread mixture evenly in prepared pan.
- In the same bowl, whisk together half & half, eggs, egg yolks, vanilla extract, and salt. Pour the custard over the bread mixture. Press bread down to make sure each piece is coated with the custard. Let stand for 30 minutes to soak, pressing bread down every 10 minutes.
- Heat oven to 350°F. Drizzle the remaining melted butter and brown sugar over top of bread pudding. Bake 1 hour or until puffed and golden.
- For the sauce, in a small bowl whisk together melted butter and brown sugar until sugar is dissolved. Add cinnamon, rum extract, water, and vanilla extract, and mix until combined. Serve over bread pudding.
Yield: 2 dozen servings