Tuesday, April 21, 2009

TWD: Four Star Chocolate Bread Pudding


First, I'm going to apologize to any of you who live in cold climates. Really, I've been there, I know how painful these words are this time of year. The words are these -- it is too dang hot to bake (cruel! I know!). Today wasn't nearly as hot as yesterday. It would be impossible to bake yesterday (actually, just walking into my house at 8pm last night felt like I was baking). This brief warm spell we're having is making me worry about what I'll do this summer. No air conditioning. Little house. I'll have to participate in TWD at 3am. Oy!

Moving on -- it's been awhile since I've done the TWD thing, so I felt a little out of practice. Good thing there weren't too many ingredients. And in this heat, "chopping" the chocolate was pretty darn easy.


I first thought I'd go the 8x8 Pyrex route, but upon looking over some of the comments in the P&Q I decided I really liked the idea of ramekins (ah yes, my still new ramekins in their shinny new roasting pan). I made half of the recipe, and divided into four. It was at this point I remembered the whole "take pictures as you go" thing. As many of you have no doubt discovered, this is not a pretty dessert. Not at all. I find myself trusting in the power of Dorie. Were it not the experience of knowing her desserts taste divine, I would have serious reservations.


This baked for 45 plus minutes, and it still didn't look appetizing. But oh boy, is it yummy! Super rich (perhaps a little too rich even in a 6 ounce ramekin portion) with just the right balance of chocolate and bready goodness. My intention was to only take a bite for the sake of the picture. Alas, the container is almost empty at this point (someone save me from myself!).

Many thanks to Lauren of Upper Eastside Chronicle for choosing this week's recipe!

8 comments:

Mary said...

I am very jealous that you live somewhere where it is too hot to bake! I will trade you for my CT home!

Jules Someone said...

Bread pudding is hard to make pretty. But I'm sure it was delicious. It was 41 and raining yesterday. Bah.

leanne said...

Too hot to bake, yep I am jealous. I won't be in a month. My pudding didn't look appetizing either, but was good.

TeaLady said...

Yeah, heat coming to the Deep South soon, too, so I know exactly what you mean. Sometimes just too out to heat up the in. But it looks like this bread putting was well worth the sacrifice. Looks delicious. (Despite what you say.....)

Leslie said...

I don't have air conditioning either and the last several days have taken away the will to bake. We'll have to plan our summer baking for the cooler days. Anyway, yours looks really good. If it tastes good who cares how it looks, right?

Barbara said...

It was sleeting in Wisconsin on Tuesday -- they say by Friday or Saturday it will be well into the 70s. Welcome to April!

Yes, this wasn't the prettiest Dorie dessert! Glad you liked it.

Amanda said...

I really enjoyed this, especially warmed up with chocolate syrup or cream anglaise!

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