Chocolate Bread Pudding with Bourbon Sauce
Herbsaint Restaurant and Bar, Cochon, Cochon Butcher, Calcasieu, Pêche Seafood Grill, and La Boulangerie, New Orleans
“Bread pudding is probably the most famous dessert in New Orleans, and in most places in the South, especially in restaurants. It’s a fantastic—and economical—way to transform leftover bread. Dry, day-old bread delivers the best results, but if your bread is too soft you can always put it in the oven for a few minutes to crisp it (this will give the pudding a little more texture when it’s cooked).”
- 2 quarts dried bread cubes, in 1-inch pieces
- 4 ounces white chocolate, coarsely chopped
- 4 ounces dark chocolate, coarsely chopped
- 3 large eggs
- 1 quart half-and-half
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, melted
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
- 2 egg yolks
- 2 to 4 tablespoons bourbon
For the bread pudding, preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease a 9 x 13-inch baking pan.
Spread the bread in the baking pan. Sprinkle the white and dark chocolate over the bread.
Whisk the eggs, half-and-half, sugar, cinnamon, vanilla, and melted butter together in a large bowl and pour over the bread. The mixture should look fairly wet and the bread should be slightly submerged when pressed with a spatula.
Bake, uncovered, for about 30 minutes, until the bread pudding jiggles like a bowl of jelly. If only the middle jiggles, it needs more time—the pudding should hold together and jiggle as one piece. Allow the pudding to cool slightly, then serve with a generous drizzle of bourbon sauce (see method below).
For the bourbon sauce, heat the sugar and butter in a small saucepan over low heat, stirring, until the butter melts and the sugar dissolves. Place the egg yolks in a metal mixing bowl and slowly pour the warm butter into the bowl, whisking constantly. Finish the sauce with the bourbon, depending on how strong you want the flavor to be. If you are not serving the sauce immediately, cover and keep it warm. If the sauce gets too hot or too cold, it will break; if this happens, you’ll need to whisk in another egg to fix it.
6 to 8 servings