The Proof is in This Pudding

Bread Pudding that is. Our first chilly day here in Austin and a surplus of bread scraps inspired one of my favorite deserts, with a twist. We're talking Peanut Butter/Chocolate Bread Pudding. Just typing it makes me salivate, so off we go!

Peanut Butter/Chocolate Bread Pudding
(Recipe Serves 6-8)

For the Custard:

6 oz. Whole Milk
6 oz. Heavy Cream
4 oz. Sugar
1/4 tsp. Vanilla Extract
4 oz. Creamy Peanut Butter

4 egg yolks
4 oz. Sugar

Combine milk, cream, vanilla extract and sugar in a saucepot and bring just to a boil.
Remove from heat.
Add hot milk/cream mixture and peanut butter to blender and blend until smooth.
Beat egg yolks and sugar until creamy, lighter in color, and doubled in volume.
Temper the egg mixture with a little of the milk/cream mixture.
Add the tempered egg mixture to the milk/cream mixture.
Strain, and cool.

For the Pudding:

10 oz. Bread, cubed (I used scraps from Baguettes and Ciabatta)
3 oz. Butter, melted
4 oz. Semi-sweet Chocolate Chips

Toss bread with melted butter in a large bowl to coat.
Let cool.
Add 1/2 of the custard to the bread, and toss.
Refrigerate and let the bread absorb the custard.
Add the remaining half of the custard, toss.
Refrigerate and let the bread absorb the remainder.
Toss with chocolate chips.
Butter(oil) a loaf pan, and cover the bottom with parchment paper.
Add bread/custard mixture to the pan, and refrigerate until ready to cook.

Bake at 375 F for 45 minutes to 1 hour until custard is set. You might consider using a water bath to provide even cooking, generally a good idea with custards.

Serve warm with caramel/chocolate sauce or whipped cream.


Flapjacks said...

damn that looks good... i'm liking this weather, and celebrating it by braising some leftover pig parts from like june...

why isn't bread pudding more popular in the states? its easy and amazing. we did a savory bread pudding at wheatsville last year. it had pork sausage and swiss cheese. it was the best breakfast pudding ever...

TexasDeb said...

Bread pudding, mmmmmm. Good good stuff and you have taken it to a whole new level.

I think bread pudding is just right for breakfast - actually had some this morning with my coffee, but heated with BlueBell vanilla bean ice cream melting on top is my favorite.

I haven't tried a savory BP yet but have that in mind now the weather has cooled off a bit. Wow - just ate breakfast and now I'm hungry again....