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    Mean's Chocolate Bread Pudding With Bourbon-Pecan Caramel Sauce

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    1 hr 45 mins

    45 mins

    1 hr

    newspapergal's Note:

    I adopted this recipe after its original poster, Mean Chef (IHHDRO), departed the site. I can't *wait* to try this. Mean posted it on posted May 18, 2002.

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    • 2 cups milk (do not use low-fat or nonfat)
    • 2 cups whipping cream
    • 1 cup sugar
    • 8 ounces high quality bittersweet chocolate, chopped (El Rey or Scharfen Berger)
    • 8 large eggs
    • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
    • 1 lb unsliced egg bread or 1 lb brioche bread or 1 lb challah, crusts trimmed, cut into 1-inch pieces


    1. 1
      Note: I rarely make the sauce.
    2. 2
      Although it is wonderful, I prefer to use unsweetened whipped cream.
    3. 3
      Since this recipe is all about the chocolate, DO NOT USE Low quality.
    4. 4
      FOR SAUCE: Stir sugar and water in heavy large saucepan over medium heat until sugar dissolves.
    5. 5
      Mix in corn syrup and lemon juice.
    6. 6
      Increase heat and boil without stirring until syrup turns deep amber, brushing down sides of pan with wet pastry brush and swirling pan occasionally.
    7. 7
      Remove from heat.
    8. 8
      Pour in cream (mixture will bubble up).
    9. 9
      Stir over low heat until caramel is melted and smooth.
    10. 10
      Increase heat; boil until sauce is reduced to 1 2/3 cups, stirring often, about 4 minutes.
    11. 11
      Remove from heat.
    12. 12
      Mix in pecans and bourbon.
    13. 13
      (Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover and chill. Rewarm before using.) FOR PUDDING: Preheat oven to 350°F.
    14. 14
      Combine milk, cream and sugar in heavy large saucepan over medium-high heat.
    15. 15
      Stir until sugar dissolves and mixture comes to boil.
    16. 16
      Remove from heat.
    17. 17
      Add chocolate; stir until smooth.
    18. 18
      Beat eggs and vanilla in large bowl to blend.
    19. 19
      Gradually whisk in chocolate mixture.
    20. 20
      Add bread cubes.
    21. 21
      Let stand until bread absorbs some of custard, stirring occasionally, about 30 minutes.
    22. 22
      Transfer mixture to 13x9x2-inch glass baking dish.
    23. 23
      Cover with foil.
    24. 24
      Bake until set in center, about 45 minutes.
    25. 25
      Uncover; cool at least 15 minutes.
    26. 26
      Serve pudding warm or at room temperature with warm sauce.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on December 25, 2006


      Made this today for dessert to accompany a tradition English dinner of roast beef and Yorkshire pudding... and it was the perfect ending to a wonderful meal. It was easy to prepare while things were cooking and popped in the oven when the roast came out. Served it with whipped cream to keep it simple... and the kids raved about it. DD couldn't stop commenting on how good it was. Definitely a keeper!

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    • on December 27, 2003


      OMG!! this was such a treat! Much easier than I thought it would be, too. Huge hit with the entire extended family (all 4 generations) everyone was so sure that I slaved all day.....let them think it! Another winner, MC...thanks for sharing!

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    • on October 24, 2003


      WOW! This is really good! I had some really great chocolate on hand that I have been waiting to use for just the right recipe, and this..THIS was the recipe! I used some wonderful challah from a local bakery. The mixture filled my 9X13 pan to the brim, and when it came out of the oven... I uncovered it, and I was amazed at how lovely it looked...all puffed up! I cannot find words to tell you how beautiful and how delicious this bread pudding is. I didnt have all of the ingredients on hand for the sauce, so I used the whipped cream as you mentioned. After tasting it, I think the sauce may have taken away from the elegance of the bread pudding. I just want to savor the chocolate goodness of this pudding!.. I dont want any sauce to hide it! Thanks for the recipe. Its a keeper!

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    Nutritional Facts for Mean's Chocolate Bread Pudding With Bourbon-Pecan Caramel Sauce

    Serving Size: 1 (316 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 10

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 769.7
    Calories from Fat 403
    Total Fat 44.8 g
    Saturated Fat 21.5 g
    Cholesterol 284.7 mg
    Sodium 303.2 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 79.7 g
    Dietary Fiber 2.1 g
    Sugars 48.8 g
    Protein 13.5 g

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