Looking for a decadent dessert for a special occasion? Try Chocolate Bread Pudding.
Every once in a while I need something that’s chocolate – rich, luscious and dark. Milk chocolate is for people who don’t know better. I don’t make desserts often. When I do, I want them to be worth their weight in carbs.
The Grillmaster bought some whole-wheat bread from our new local bakery. He had a few slices, then we went out of town and left the bread, in a paper bag, on the counter. When we returned, the bread was dried out and hard, but not moldy. (If someone would like to explain the science behind this to me, I’d love to hear it.) Rather than throwing out the bread, I decided to make chocolate bread pudding. I haven’t been successful with this particular dessert in the past, but I didn’t really have anything to lose.
Imagine a soft, warm brownie. That’s what this bread pudding was like. It was, by far, my best bread pudding ever. I think the secrets to success are to (1) make sure your bread is very dry, (2) cut off the crusts, and (3) completely cover your bread pieces with egg mixture. You don’t want any stray bits poking up.
Don’t eat this every day – think of it as a special occasion dessert. When you indulge, try to have a low-carb, high-protein meal beforehand. I’d recommend serving this bread pudding with just a dab of low-fat whipped cream, vanilla yogurt or frozen yogurt. The chocolate by itself is very rich and screams out for some creaminess.
Chocolate Bread Pudding
- 5 slices whole wheat bread dried out and crusts removed
- 2 large eggs
- 1 1/2 cups nonfat milk or almond milk
- 1/3 cup agave nectar
- 1/4 cup dark unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 2 tablespoons dark chocolate chips
- Coat an 8- x 8-inch baking dish with cooking spray. Dice the bread into 1/2-inch cubes and scatter them in the bottom of the baking dish in a single layer.
- In a large bowl, combine eggs, milk, agave, cocoa powder, vanilla, and cinnamon. Whisk until cocoa powder and cinnamon have dissolved. Pour over bread cubes in baking dish. Push down bread pieces with a fork so they are completely submerged in the chocolate mixture. Sprinkle with chocolate chips and set aside while the oven preheats (about 10 minutes).
- Preheat the oven to 350°F. Bake for 35 minutes. Remove from oven and serve warm.
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