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Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding

Makes: 12 servings
Prep 20 mins Cool 1 hr Bake 350°F 50 mins
Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding
Ingredients
  • 6  cups  dry firm white bread cubes or dry French bread cubes*
  • 1 1/4  cups  semisweet chocolate pieces
  • 1  cup  coarsely chopped pecans, walnuts, or almonds
  • 4  eggs
  • 3  cups  milk
  • 1  cup  sugar
  • 1  tablespoon  vanilla
  •  Brown-Sugar Sauce (see recipe below)
Directions

1. Place dry bread cubes in the bottom of a well-buttered 13x9x2-inch baking dish (3-quart rectangular). Sprinkle the chocolate and pecans, walnuts, or almonds over dry bread cubes and set aside.

2. In a large mixing bowl, beat together eggs, milk, sugar, and vanilla. Pour egg mixture over the bread, the chocolate pieces, and the nuts. Gently push down on the bread cubes with the back of a large spoon, making sure the bread absorbs the egg mixture, and the chocolate pieces and nuts are covered with the egg mixture.

3. Bake, uncovered, in a 350 degree F oven for 50 to 60 minutes or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean. If the top starts to over-brown, cover loosely with foil until custard is set. Cool the bread pudding slightly. Serve warm with Brown-Sugar Sauce. Makes 12 servings.

From the Test Kitchen*To dry bread cubes:
  • Spread the bread cubes in a shallow baking pan. Bake in 300 degree F oven for 10 to 15 minutes or until dry, stirring twice; cool.
Brown-Sugar Sauce
Ingredients
  • 1  cup  packed brown sugar
  • 2  tablespoons  cornstarch
  • 1/2  cup  water
  • 2/3  cup  half-and-half or light cream
  • 1/4  cup  light-colored corn syrup
  • 2  tablespoons  butter
  • 1  teaspoon  vanilla
Directions

1. In a small heavy saucepan, stir together brown sugar and cornstarch. Stir in water. Add half-and-half or light cream, light-colored corn syrup and butter. Cook and stir over medium heat until bubbly (mixture may look curdled). Cook and stir for 2 minutes more. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Serve warm over bread pudding. (Cover and chill any leftover sauce for up to 3 days.) Makes 1-1/2 cups sauce, twelve 2-tablespoon servings of sauce.

Nutrition Facts (Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding)
  • Servings Per Recipe 12,
  • cal. (kcal) 441,
  • Fat, total (g) 18,
  • chol. (mg) 86,
  • sat. fat (g) 9,
  • carb. (g) 67,
  • fiber (g) 0,
  • pro. (g) 9,
  • vit. A (IU) 534,
  • vit. C (mg) 1,
  • sodium (mg) 208,
  • calcium (mg) 121,
  • iron (mg) 1,
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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