28 July 2010

Chocolate Bread Pudding in a Slow Cooker

*** Try an easy recipe that will delight the chocolate lovers in your house!




From Denny: My local newspaper featured this easy bread pudding recipe recently. Here in Louisiana we are known for our bread pudding desserts. Generally, we prefer to use French bread.

This recipe sure brought back memories of when my favorite aunt taught me how to make bread pudding when I was a child. She used leftover homemade biscuits. I really wanted chocolate one day so she added Hershey's cocoa and a new recipe was born! My uncle and I were quite delighted with the results and insisted she make it often.

This recipe is a bit different but the beauty of it is that you can do it in a slow cooker, completely unattended. That's a handy recipe for the busy parent or if you are having guests this recipe will save you time.

The food writers do make a suggestion: Because this recipe has a lot of dairy products it's best to cook at a higher heat and for a briefer period of time - which is considered fast for a slow cooker.

They also suggest to spray the slow cooker liner with oil so you don't have much cleaning to do afterwards. It won't eliminate all the sticking but deals with most of the problem. Of course, soaking is the smartest avenue to soften up sticky bits. Just make sure that soaking water is as warm or hot as the liner dish could crack. A stoneware liner insert for a slow cooker can crack if cold water is added to it when it's warm or hot.

Check out those oozing melted chocolate chips throughout the warm pudding: awesome! :)


Chocolate Bread Pudding

From: Julie Kay, food writer at 2theadvocate

Serves: 4 to 6

Ingredients:

French bread, broken into cubes
3 cups milk
1 cup heavy cream
3 eggs
2 tbls. butter, melted
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 cup sugar
1-1/2 cups chocolate chips

Sauce:

1/2 cup rum
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup butter or margarine


Directions:

Place French bread cubes in slow cooker. Mix together milk and heavy cream with eggs, butter, vanilla extract and sugar. Pour over French bread in slow cooker.

Fold in chocolate chips.

Cook on High for 2 hours.

At end of cooking time, mix together rum, brown sugar and butter in small pan on stove top and bring to a quick boil, removing immediately after sauce comes to a boil.

Pour over cooked slow cooker bread pudding and remove to individual serving dishes.



*** Photo by LIZ CONDO/The Advocate



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