Feb 02, 2024

Dark Chocolate Bread Pudding with Cherry-Red Wine Syrup

Bread Pudding on a plate

Cherry-Red Wine Syrup

3 cups red wine
2 cups sugar
1 cinnamon stick
1 orange
¾ cup heavy cream
1 oz. butter, salted
12 oz. frozen sweet cherries, thawed

Add the red wine, sugar, and cinnamon stick to a saucepan.  Cut two, 2” strips of the rind and add to the pan, along with the juice from the orange.  Turn the pan to medium-high and stir until the sugar has dissolved.  Continue to cook until the liquid has reduced by 2/3.  When the mixture looks like it has thickened, remove the cinnamon stick and orange peel and add the cream and butter. Stir to dissolve.  Stir in the cherries.

Chocolate Bread Pudding

2 large French baguettes, cut into 1” cubes (should be about 24 cups)
6 cups half and half
1 lb.      bittersweet chocolate, chopped
1 lb. 8 oz. sugar
1 Tbs. cinnamon, ground
18        whole eggs, large
6 egg yolks, large
1 Tbs. vanilla extract

Add the cream to an oven safe pan and place it in the middle of the oven to heat. Add the chopped chocolate to a large bowl.  When the cream is hot, pour it over the chocolate and let it set for 1 minute, before stirring to dissolve the chocolate.

Bread Pudding in a pan
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