May 21, 2013

Get Your Chef On: Chocolate {Mocha Latte Bread Pudding}

When CHOCOLATE was announced as this month's Get Your Chef On ingredient, I was on board.  As someone who is very familiar with chocolate--like familiar on a daily basis--I thought "piece of cake."  (Pun intended, of course.)

Mocha Latte Bread Pudding w/ Caramel Whiskey Sauce from Ms. enPlace


Turns out, this common, everyday (no, really, everyday) ingredient was a hard one.  I found it similar to being on the cereal aisle at the grocery.  So many choices.  Too many choices.

I ran a few ideas by The Husband.  When I described the idea I had in mind for bread pudding flavored with chocolate and coffee, he said "that sounds cool."

Mocha Latte Bread Pudding w/ Caramel Whiskey Sauce from Ms. enPlace

But really, it's better warm.

Mocha Latte Bread Pudding with Caramel Whiskey Sauce from Ms. enPlace

Mocha Latte Bread Pudding
w/ Caramel Whiskey Sauce

The texture is actually more like chocolate panna cotta 
than bread pudding,
but there's nothing wrong with that.

This bread pudding has a luscious, velvety texture with over-the-top rich, dark chocolate flavor.  The strong brewed coffee elevates the chocolate.  The Whiskey Caramel Sauce would be good on standard bread pudding too.  The whiskey isn't noticeable at first, but look for it on the finish.

Part of

Get Your Chef On is hosted by
Jen of Four Marrs and One Venus
Thanks to Julie & Jen for organizing the event!
More entries can be found HERE.

Mocha Latte Bread Pudding with Caramel Whiskey Sauce from Ms. enPlace

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Mocha Latte Bread Pudding w/ Caramel Whiskey Sauce

6 cups cubed French bread, with crust, roughly 1" cubes
4 whole large eggs plus 1 large egg yolk
1/2 cup sugar
1 Tbsp vanilla
1 1/4 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips, divided
1 cup milk, room temperature
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream, room temperature
5 oz strongly brewed coffee
heaping 1/3 cup cocoa powder
pat of butter for greasing the pan

Ahead: Spread the bread cubes out on a sheet pan and let them sit for a couple of hours to dry out.

Whisk eggs, egg yolk, sugar, and vanilla in a large mixing bowl.  Set aside.

Add the milk, cream, and coffee to a medium saucepan set over medium heat. Whisk in the cocoa powder until dissolved.  Warm the mixture, whisking occasionally to prevent scalding, for about 4 minutes--until you start to see steam rising from the surface.  Turn off the heat and whisk in 3/4 cup chocolate chips.  Whisk until chocolate has melted.

Slowly whisk 1 cup of the milk and chocolate mixture into the egg mixture.  Then whisk the remaining milk mixture into the egg mixture.  Add the bread cubes and gently toss to coat.  Press on the bread slightly as you go to allow the bread to absorb the chocolate custard.  Fold in the remaining 1/2 cup chocolate chips.

Transfer the bread mixture to a buttered 2 quart baking dish.  Let stand while oven preheats to 350 degrees F.

Place a 13 x 9 pan on the center rack of your oven.  Place the bread pudding in the 13 x 9 pan.  Fill with water until water is about halfway up the side of your baking dish (containing the bread pudding).  Bake for about 40 minutes or until a butter knife inserted in the middle comes out clean.

Remove bread pudding from the oven to cool slightly while you make the sauce.

for the sauce:
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream, warmed
2-3 Tbsp whiskey

Place the sugar in a medium saucepan set over very low heat.  Melt the sugar, lightly stirring to prevent scorching, until sugar has melted completely and is golden.  This will go slowly at first, resulting in lumps of sugar, but will speed up as the mixture heats.

Slowly add the cream in a stream, stirring it into the sugar mixture.  Stir in the whiskey.  Simmer the mixture for a few minutes until thickened (it will thicken more as it cools).

Serve the bread pudding with some of the sauce poured over the top.

Also linking with:
Jam Hands  Hearth and Soul blog hop at Premeditated Leftovers Feeding Big
Love Bakes Good Cakes
nap-time creations
White Lights on Wednesdays
Miz Helen’s Country Cottage Photobucket
BWS tips button Freedom Fridays
Memories by the Mile


  1. I need this right now. No seriously. Now. Oh my gosh all of my favorite things in one dessert might be too much to handle...but I sure am willing to try.

  2. Oh my, I'm definitely making this!

  3. *faceplants in pan* O M G W.A.N.T!! NOW!!

  4. This looks amazing!

  5. Oh my.... this looks amazing and I am pinning for later. Stopping by from the challenge!

  6. O-M-G I should not have seen this 1st thing in the morning....:)
    It looks soooooooooooo delicious. It's been ages since I've eaten bread pudding and I don't even remember ever eating a chocolate one.
    For me panna-cotta texture sounds even better.

    Let me rephrase my comment - I need a slice right not!

  7. Pinned ! It looks and sounds delicious :-) Thank you for sharing at our All My Bloggy Friends Party !

  8. this is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G !! pinned .

  9. What a wonderful, wonderful recipe! I can't wait to give it a try. The sauce is just gorgeous too. I've pinned this as well, and I've stumbled it too :)

  10. Awesome looking dessert. My husband would love it! I love this challenge, so many ways with chocolate!

  11. OMG Michelle!! This looks so Delicious!! Something I would love to get my hands on:) I'll have a piece with a cuppa coffee, please! Lynn @ Turnips 2 Tangerines (pinned it)

  12. Oh my goodness...this looks absolutely incredible! This would be great to link-up to my Create It Thursday's live now!

  13. that looks sinful! yummy! Thanks for linking up to Tasteful Tuesdays and for the link back :o) Can't wait to see what you bring next week. Emily @ Nap-Time Creations

  14. Yum, yum, yum! Thank you for sharing. Pinning!
    Wanda Ann @ Memories by the Mile

  15. Gorgeous photos! This looks dangerously divine :)

  16. Wishing you a peaceful Memorial Day Weekend and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  17. I just shared this on Facebook and pinned this as one of the great Features of Freedom Fridays!

    Hugs My Friend!

    Yes, it is still making me slobber!!


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