What could be more comforting on a cold winter day than the warming combination of chocolate, caramel, and bourbon in this luscious bread pudding created by Stonewall Kitchens. Add your perfect amount of bourbon, top with whipped cream, and enjoy!
10 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
1 1/2 cups whole milk
1 cup heavy cream
3 large eggs
3 egg yolks
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 (1-pound) loaf Challah, crusts removed and cut into 1-inch dice (12 cups)
Stonewall Kitchen Bourbon Pecan Caramel Sauce
Bourbon to taste
Whipped cream, garnish
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Butter (not non-stick spray) an 8×11-inch baking dish. In a medium glass bowl microwave the chocolate at high power for 15 second intervals until melted, stirring between intervals. In a medium saucepan over medium high heat bring the milk and cream to a simmer. In a large bowl whisk the eggs, egg yolks, with 1/2 cup sugar, vanilla, and salt. Slowly whisk the hot milk mixture into egg mixture, then whisk in the melted chocolate. Spread challah cubes in prepared baking dish and pour the chocolate mixture over the top. Press bread into the custard until evenly soaked. Let stand 20 minutes. Sprinkle remaining 2 tablespoons of sugar over top. Set baking dish in a roasting pan and fill halfway with hot water. Bake the bread pudding about 50 minutes or until a knife inserted into center comes out clean. Remove dish from water bath and rest 20 minutes. For the Bourbon Caramel Sauce, heat 1 jar of Bourbon Pecan Caramel Sauce. Add 2-4 Tablespoons (or more) of bourbon. Mix well. Bring to simmer stirring constantly, about 5 minutes. Drizzle over bread pudding and serve with whipped cream.
Makes 6 servings.