TWD: Four-Star Chocolate Bread Pudding

by Holly on April 21, 2009

Lauren at Upper East Side Chronicle chose the Four Star Chocolate Bread Pudding for this week’s Tuesdays with Dorie.
I made a loaf of Challah to use for my bread pudding.  I made a half recipe using two 4×4 pans. I cut and toasted my Challah, as Dorie suggests, and thought it took to the pudding quite nicely.  I did add a little extra bread though just to be extra sure that the custard was soaked up.  
I have to admit I was pleasantly surprised by the recipe.  Sadly, I am not much of a bread pudding fan to begin with, so I was mostly expecting not to like this at all.  As it turns out, I did like it.  I can’t say I loved it, because this just isn’t really my thing, but it was good.  
What I can say though, from my friends who love bread pudding, is that they thought this was amazing.  They raved that it was incredible, so there you go!

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Mary Ann April 21, 2009 at 6:24 am

Your challah is beautiful! I am glad you liked the recipe and I am sure that bread pudding lovers loved it. Looks great.

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LaDue & Crew April 21, 2009 at 6:25 am

It looks fabulous! I, like you, am not bowled over by bread pudding. This one, though, looks unique. I think I am seriously interested in making that challah bread though. It is an absolute favorite of mine!

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Amanda April 21, 2009 at 11:30 am

Goegeous challah! I am a fan on vanilla custard bread pudding, but I really liked this one too. It was even better drizzled with chocolate sauce or cream anglaise!

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Marthe April 21, 2009 at 11:52 am

Yes, this was not my thing either!

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What's for Supper? April 21, 2009 at 12:06 pm

Yours looks REALLY good. I love the strawberry with it.

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Lauren April 21, 2009 at 12:19 pm

Thanks for baking along. Your photos look terrific. I’m glad your friends liked the bread pudding

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chocolatechic April 21, 2009 at 12:51 pm

I halved my custard so it wouldn’t be so soupy.

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Michelle April 21, 2009 at 2:31 pm

OH your Challah looks gorgeous. I made Challah too and love to braid dough.

Great job!

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Cafe Johnsonia April 21, 2009 at 3:07 pm

It’s so funny how many of us don’t care so much for bread pudding.

It looks great, Holly. I bet it was really good with homemade challah and that ice cream. YUM.

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thegreatpantryraid April 21, 2009 at 3:52 pm

I like the positioning of the strawberries nearby – you know, to balance out the fat and sugar. 🙂

Looks great!

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Lady Baker April 21, 2009 at 3:54 pm

wow, your bread came out amazing!! The pudding too!

FYI, I mentioned you in my post today as I did not make the bread pudding–but I DID make the “perfect chocloate brownies” you posted about earlier this month! They were indeed, perfect!

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Tracey April 21, 2009 at 5:26 pm

Your challah looks wonderful! Sorry the bread pudding wasn’t your favorite. It was my first time trying it and I was surprised by how much I liked it!

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Manggy April 21, 2009 at 6:59 pm

You made your own bread to turn into pudding? That’s hardcore, Holly!!! I’m glad you liked it, albeit unexpectedly 🙂

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Kayte April 21, 2009 at 7:41 pm

Holly, how on earth could you ruin that great Challah with all that chocolate?????? LOL. Just kidding, it does look really really good. But, the Challah is making me drool with envy. Beautiful presentation!

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pinkstripes April 21, 2009 at 8:50 pm

Your bread pudding looks fantastic. I’m glad it was a success for your bread pudding-loving friends.

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doughmesstic April 21, 2009 at 8:51 pm

What beautiful bread, Holly! It’s kind of a shame to have torn it up to use in this pudding – considering neither of us LOVED it – but yours really does look good!

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Sweet as Coco April 21, 2009 at 10:38 pm

You are too much…you MADE the Challah. I have been wanting to try that–

I agree–Im not a huge fan of bread pudding either but this was good. Glad your friends enjoyed it!

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Team Jensen April 21, 2009 at 11:06 pm

I LOVE bread pudding, but to add chocolate with it…looks divine! Can’t wait to try it!

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Engineer Baker April 21, 2009 at 11:41 pm

It looks awesome! I’m glad you liked it, especially since you weren’t expecting to like it at all. Kudos for trying it anyways!

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Carol Peterman April 22, 2009 at 1:08 am

Beautiful bread pudding and beautiful challah. I don’t think I could have cut that loaf up and let it go stale, it just looks too good!

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The Food Librarian April 22, 2009 at 3:33 am

Your challah is too pretty to cut up into bread pudding!! 🙂 Both look wonderful!

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farah April 22, 2009 at 4:26 am

Wow, your challah and bread pudding look great. I didn’t expect to like it either but i did. Glad you enjoyed it 🙂

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AmyRuth April 22, 2009 at 2:44 pm

Holly,
Beautiful opening photo! Not surprised your BP eater/lovers loved your CBP. Who wouldn’t love your cooking. Its PheMOMenonal!!! he he Anyway, glad you surprised yourself. Can’t wait until next week. ymm Oh yes, stellar challah loaf. Wow, you bread makers put us buyers to shame.
Great job.
AmyRuth

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Teanna DiMicco April 22, 2009 at 5:14 pm

I love that you made the challah yourself and I love that you were pleased with the recipe! It looks gorgeous!

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Katrina April 22, 2009 at 5:51 pm

I’ll take that ice cream drizzled with chocolate in your pictures instead of the bread pudding. No really, I liked it, too, but didn’t LOVE it. Don’t really know if I’ll ever make it again, but I AM glad I did make it and I did LIKE it. I flavored mine with orange chocolate and almonds and it was good! Love your homemade challah!

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steph- whisk/spoon April 23, 2009 at 8:13 pm

nice looking pudding! and seriously–you made your own braided challah?? i am truly impressed!

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TeaLady April 23, 2009 at 9:13 pm

Beautiful challah. Mine is baking, but it doesn’t look like THAT!!! And the bread pudding. Amazing!!!

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Steph April 24, 2009 at 4:36 pm

The bread pudding looks delish! I need to try it as soon as I can get back on my feet!

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Jaime April 29, 2009 at 12:57 am

i think it looks so much better w/the challah! i used white bread and it was kind of thin

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