Bread Pudding with Chocolate and Brandied Cherries

Brandied cherries and chocolate dress up this traditional dessert recipe.

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  • Makes: 8 servings
  • Prep: 30 mins
  • Bake: 30 mins 350°F
  • Stand: 15 mins
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Bread Pudding with Chocolate and Brandied Cherries
Ingredients
 
Nonstick cooking spray
1
cup dried cherries
1/4
cup brandy or apple juice
3
cups half-and-half or light cream
1/2
cup sugar
2
eggs
1
teaspoon vanilla
5
cups soft white bread cubes (about 6 to 7 slices of bread)
4
ounces bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly coat eight 6-ounce custard cups with nonstick cooking spray. Place cups in large roasting pan; set aside. In small bowl combine dried cherries and brandy or juice; set aside.
  2. In medium saucepan combine half-and-half and sugar. Cook and stir over medium heat until heated through and sugar is dissolved.
  3. In mixing bowl whisk together eggs and egg yolks. Slowly add half-and-half mixture to beaten egg mixture, whisking constantly. Whisk in vanilla. Stir in bread cubes. Let stand at room temperature for 15 minutes. Stir in the dried cherry-brandy mixture and divide mixture among custard cups. Evenly distribute chopped chocolate.
  4. Place roasting pan on oven rack. Pour boiling water into pan to reach halfway up sides of custard cups. Bake 30 minutes, until knife inserted near pudding centers comes out clean. Remove cups from the water. Serve warm. Makes 8 servings.
Nutrition Facts (Bread Pudding with Chocolate and Brandied Cherries)
    Per serving:
  • 391 kcal cal.,
  • 19 g fat
  • (11 g sat. fat,
  • 1 g polyunsaturated fat,
  • 6 g monounsatured fat),
  • 139 mg chol.,
  • 188 mg sodium,
  • 47 g carb.,
  • 2 g fiber,
  • 28 g sugar,
  • 7 g pro.
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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