Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Four Star Chocolate Bread Pudding with Creme Anglaise

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Lauren from uppereastsidechronicle chose Dorie's Four Star Chocolate Bread Pudding as this weeks pick for Tuesdays with Dorie. Being used to a traditional bread pudding served with bourbon hard sauce, I was not convinced I would like to make one with chocolate, but liked the ease of preparation of this recipe. Because chocolate was an important factor in the pudding, I bought Scharffen Berger semisweet dark chocolate (62% cacao). I wasn't disappointed, but when I tasted it before serving it, I realized that the pudding needed the creme anglaise to add a silky, moist element to the dryer pudding texture.

Lauren has the recipe for the chocolate bread pudding on her blog, but below is the recipe for creme anglaise.

Creme Anglaise

1/2 cup whole milk
1/2 cup heavy cream
3 large egg yolks
1/3 cup white sugar

In a saucepan, combine milk and cream, bring to just a boil. Meanwhile, in a separate bowl, whisk egg yolks and sugar together until blended. Still whisking, add some of the milk/cream mixture in a drizzle, blending the two together. Continue adding milk to egg and sugar mixture until completely blended. Place the pot back over medium heat, stirring constantly until mixture has thickened and reads 170° degrees on an instant-read thermometer. Remove pan from heat and pour custard into a heatproof bowl. Stir in vanilla extract. Refrigerate until very cold, preferably overnight. Makes about 1 1/4 cups.

My post is short this week as I have been traveling most of the month of April and will go to Boston and DC for the remainder of the month, so will catch up with Tuesdays with Dorie in May.


Lauren said...

Thanks for baking along with me. I like the addition of the creme anglais. Looks yummy.

hornedfroggy said...

GORGEOUS photo! :)

Heather said...

See you in May!

Isabelle said...

quelle bonne idée Lynne de servir avec de la crème anglaise....tout est tellement meilleur avec :)

Engineer Baker said...

Oh, creme anglaise. Everything's better with it. Have fun with the travelling!

Barbara said...

Great photo! (after looking at a lot of posts, I've concluded that chocolate bread pudding is not a very photogenic dessert -- so congratulations on making it look so good!)

TeaLady said...

That looks just perfect. And with the Creme anglais. Wonderful.

Eliana said...

WOW - you just took this recipe over the top with this creme anglaise. It looks divine. I will be trying this VERY soon. Thanks for the recipe.

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