Monday, February 09, 2015

Alton Brown's Chocolate Bread Pudding

Alton Brown could cook a wooden spoon in swamp water and probably make it taste good.  But thankfully he focuses his gifts on far more suitable fare like the following amazing recipe.  Me personally I'd leave out the espresso due to my distaste for coffee and might find a hazelnut flavor or something to sub in.

Serves 8
  1. 2 large whole eggs
  2. 3 egg yolks
  3. 3/4 cup sugar
  4. 1/2 cup hot chocolate mix
  5. 3 cup half and half
  6. 1 cup whole milk
  7. 2 ounces espresso, slightly cooled
  8. 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  9. 2 tbsp unsalted butter, melted and divided
  10. 18 ounces stale challah bread, cut into 1-inch cubes
  11. 6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, broken into 1/2-inch pieces
  1. Place the eggs and yolks in the carafe of a blender and combine on lowest speed for 30 seconds. Slowly add the sugar, over 30 seconds, add the hot chocolate mix, and blend until incorporated, about 30 seconds. Add the half and half, milk, espresso and vanilla and blend until well combined, about 30 seconds.
  2. Butter a 9 x 13 metal pan with 1 tablespoon of the butter and place the cubed bread in the pan. Spread the chocolate on top of the bread and slowly pour in the custard. Press down on mixture with a spatula or back of a spoon to thoroughly saturate. Cover and set aside at room temperature for 2 hours or refrigerate for up to 8 hours.
  3. Heat oven to 325 degrees F.
  4. Bake for 45 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches at least 170 degrees F. Set the oven to the high broil setting with the oven door ajar. Remove the bread pudding from the oven.
  5. Pour the melted butter into a spray bottle and spritz the top of the bread pudding. Return to the middle rack and broil for 4 to 5 minutes. Remove to a cooling rack for 15 minutes before serving.

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