Chocolate-Cherry Bread Pudding

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Makes:
6 servings
Prep:
25 mins
Slow Cook:
3 to 3 1/2 hours (low)
Cool:
30 mins
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Chocolate-Cherry Bread Pudding

Ingredients
 
Nonstick cooking spray
1/2
cup refrigerated or frozen egg product, thawed, or 2 eggs, lightly beaten
1/4
cup sugar
1/4
teaspoon almond extract
1/8
teaspoon salt
1
cup fat-free milk
3
cups dried whole wheat bread cubes*
1/2
cup chopped bittersweet chocolate (2 ounces)
1/3
cup dried tart cherries
1
cup warm water
3
tablespoons powdered sugar
2
tablespoons Greek low-fat yogurt
1
teaspoon fat-free milk
3
tablespoons sliced almonds, toasted** (optional)

Directions

  1. Lightly coat a 1-quart souffle dish or casserole*** with cooking spray. Tear off an 18x12-inch piece of heavy foil; cut in half lengthwise. Fold each piece lengthwise into thirds. Crisscross the foil strips and place the dish in the center of the crisscross; set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl combine eggs, sugar, almond extract, and salt. Whisk in the 1 cup milk. Gently stir in bread cubes, chocolate, and cherries. Pour mixture into prepared dish. Cover dish tightly with foil.
  3. Pour warm water into a 3 1/2- to 5-quart slow cooker. Using the ends of the foil strips transfer dish to cooker. Leave foil strips under dish.
  4. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 3 to 3 1/2 hours or until a knife inserted in center comes out clean. Using foil strips carefully remove dish from cooker; discard foil strips. Cool, uncovered, on a wire rack for 30 minutes before serving.
  5. Meanwhile, for icing, in a small bowl combine powdered sugar, yogurt, and the 1 teaspoon milk. Drizzle cooled bread pudding with icing. If desired, sprinkle with almonds.

From the Test Kitchen

*

To make dry bread cubes, preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Cut whole wheat bread slices (about 3 ounces) into cubes to make 3 cups. Spread cubes in a single layer in a 15x10x1-inch baking pan. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes or until dry, stirring twice; cool.

**

To toast nuts, preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spread nuts in a shallow baking pan. Bake for 5 to 10 minutes or until light brown, watching carefully and stirring once or twice.

***

Before beginning this recipe, check to make sure that the dish or casserole you plan to use fits into your slow cooker.

Nutrition Facts

(Chocolate-Cherry Bread Pudding)
    Per serving:
  • 189 kcal cal.,
  • 4 g fat
  • (2 g sat. fat,
  • 1 g monounsatured fat),
  • 1 mg chol.,
  • 178 mg sodium,
  • 34 g carb.,
  • 2 g fiber,
  • 26 g sugar,
  • 6 g pro.
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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