Cherry Chocolate Bread Pudding

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This recipe was entered in The Foodista Best of Food Blogs Cookbook contest, a compilation of the world’s best food blogs which was published in Fall 2010.


4 ounces Semi Sweet Chocolate, roughly chopped
2 cups Bread (Crusts), any kind, whole wheat, flax, 1 cup Milk (Soy, if you're allergic)
1/2 teaspoon Vanilla
1 tablespoon Brandy
3 tablespoons Sugar
1 tablespoon Arrowroot Powder, cornstarch will work as a substitute
1 cup Fresh Cherries, pitted & roughly chopped – dried may be substituted when out of season
3 tablespoons Cocoa Nibs, very optional but quite delicious


Preheat the oven to 350ºF.
Cube the bread and set aside in a large bowl.
Melt chocolate in a heat proof bowl over a pan of simmering water (or in a double boiler), stirring occasionally until smooth.
Measure milk in a pourable measuring cup.
Add the vanilla, brandy, sugar, salt and arrowroot powder, stirring well to incorporate and dissolve the arrowroot powder.
Pit the cherries, I used the flat side of my chef’s knife to pop the cherry open and the pit little more than a flick from your fingertips.
Roughly chop the cherries, reserving as much of the juice as possible.
Pour the milk mixture over the cubed bread, then add the cherries and their juice along with the cocoa nibs, if using.
Toss well to coat the bread and to soak up the liquid.
Drizzle over the melted chocolate, stirring well to combine.
Pour mixture into a short baking dish or divide between 4 – 1 cup ramekins.
Bake for 15 minutes.
Best served warm and with just about any ice cream you like.




Have a kid who won’t eat crusts?
I do.
So instead of having it continuously irritate me, I’ve decided to please both parties.

Annoyed at the pile of crusts at the end of most every lunch, I was determined to end the fight but win the battle. I secretly started cutting the crusts from my Darling’s cucumber sandwiches.

This little princess must have thought she’d died and gone to heaven, but dare she realize I was storing the crusts in the freezer and watching them accumulate.

Knowing they wouldn’t go bad in the freezer, like the brown bananas, and vegetable scraps before them, they were ready and on hand for anything I might be ready for like, crumbs, croutons or bread pudding.

Bread pudding that her highness had little trouble polishing off for dessert.




Friday, January 29, 2010 - 12:21pm


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