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Another chocolate bread pudding to add to my collection. Made it for Thanksgiving dessert and it was a huge hit. The best thing is that cinnamon whipped cream tastes great with pumpkin and apple pie too! This one is not quite as decadent as the dark chocolate version I have posted. Note: I used a loaf of Hawaiian sweet bread but any quality white or sweet bread will do.
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
- 2 1⁄4 cups half-and-half
- 1⁄3 cup brandy
- 3 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips, divided
- 1⁄2 cup dark brown sugar, packed
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, divided
- 4 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 pinch salt
- 6 cups crustless country white bread, cut into 1/2 cubes
- 2 cups chilled whipping cream
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- Brush 8x8x2 glass baking dish with 1 tablespoon melted butter.
- Simmer half and half and brandy in heavy large saucepan3minutes. Remove from heat.
- Add 1 cup chocolate chips. Let stand for 1 minute, then whisk until chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth.
- Whisk in brown sugar and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon. Let stand until cool, about 20 minutes.
- Whisk in eggs, then vanilla and salt.
- Stir in bread. Let stand 30 minutes.
- Spread half of pudding mixture in prepared dish.
- Sprinkle with 2 cups chocolate chips.
- Cover with remaining pudding mixture.
- (Can be made one day ahead. Cover and Chill)
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Bake pudding uncovered until puffed and firm in center, about 45 minutes.
- Remove from oven; let cool 10 minutes.
- Beat chilled cream, sugar and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon in medium bowl until peaks form.
- Spoon pudding into bowls. Top with whipped cream.