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Chocolate Bread Pudding with Whiskey Sauce

Photo: John Montana; Styling: Lynn Miller
Prep time 25 mins
Cook time 1 hr
Other time 2 hrs, 40 mins
Yield Serves 8
Douse this chocolate concoction with a drunken sauce for a full-bodied flavor kick.

Ingredients

  • Pudding:
  • 1 1-lb. loaf unseeded Italian bread
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 12 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon instant espresso powder
  • 2 large eggs, plus 2 large egg yolks
  • 2 cups milk
  • Sauce:
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 cup whiskey
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 2/3 cup heavy cream

Nutrition Information

  • calories 802
  • fat 44 g
  • satfat 25 g
  • protein 13 g
  • carbohydrate 91 g
  • fiber 4 g
  • cholesterol 250 mg
  • sodium 446 mg

How to Make It

  1. Make pudding: Cut bread into 1/2-inch cubes. In a large saucepan, combine cream, sugar and salt and bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring to dissolve sugar. Add chocolate, cinnamon and espresso powder, let sit for 3 minutes, then whisk until smooth. Let cool slightly.

  2. In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, yolks and milk. Slowly whisk in chocolate mixture until well combined. Add bread, pressing it down into liquid. Cover and let stand for 2 hours, pressing down occasionally to allow bread to absorb liquid.

  3. Preheat oven to 325ºF. Grease an 11-by-7-inch baking dish with butter or cooking spray. Pour bread mixture into dish. Place baking dish in a large roasting pan and add hot water so that it reaches 1 inch up side of baking dish. Bake for about 1 hour, until center of pudding feels firm. Remove from oven, take baking dish out of water bath and let cool on a wire rack for 40 minutes.

  4. Make sauce: In a saucepan, combine butter and confectioners' sugar. Place over low heat and cook, stirring, until smooth. Add whiskey. Whisking vigorously, add egg yolks. Stir in cream. Raise heat to medium and cook, whisking constantly, until sauce thickens and coats back of a spoon (do not boil). Remove from heat. Let cool slightly; serve with bread pudding.