Chocolate Bread & Butter Pudding

I’ve been doing all the birthday cakes for my team ever since I joined. It’s sort of become my thing and at some level I think people expect it as well. I enjoy it, it gives me something to experiment on, a new challenge and then I get to share it with all of you. 
My parents were visiting for a few weeks, one of my team mates was re-locating to Rotterdam and in the midst of all this both my daughters were sick with some virus which they obviously passed down to me. With all this going on I wasn’t able to bake for one of the birthdays which I felt horrible about. So I took a rain check and promised to find a way to make up and make it more personal. 
So this birthday boy is a Bread & Butter Pudding fan. The last one I made was literally wiped clean by him and there was no trace of shame either 🙂 So the story is, he’s grown up having Bread & Butter Pudding every Sunday without fail. It was their Sunday tradition, his mom would prepare the pudding for the family which he would finish. He’s been away from home for  few years now so there’s not much of bread and butter pudding that he’s been having. 
I thought I’d make him a new variation of Bread & Butter Pudding,  Chocolate Bread & Butter Pudding. I’d been meaning to try it out and what better way to give away to a Pudding lover.
The recipe doesn’t change besides 2 steps, and one additional ingredient – chocolate of course.  I made the mistake of applying butter on the slices of bread instead of adding it to the custard. The result was not all areas of the bread became a chocolate brown, the butter acted as a seal and the bread wasn’t able to absorb the colour. It tasted just fine, I would have liked it to be Chocolate all over instead of certain areas of the bread. 
9 pieces of white bread (as old as possible – it soaks the custard better)
Butter – for greasing and spreading on bread
200 ml milk
3 eggs
1/2 tsp vanilla 
1/2 C sugar 
150g dark chocolate (you can chose to use milk if you prefer) cut into small pieces
  1. Preheat oven to 180 C / 350 F
  2. Grease an 8×2 rectangle dish and start lining the bread in the dish  
  3. Place 4 whole slices to form a base followed by the remaining 5 (cut into triangles) on top 
  4. Set aside while you make the custard 
  5. For the custard in a medium pan melt the butter, add double cream,milk and chocolate almost to boil. While the milk is heating up beat the eggs and sugar until combined and fluffy. Pour the milk mixture to the egg mixture and keep whisking as you pour
  6. Pour the custard mixture evenly over the bread making sure all the pieces get soaked and set aside for 20 mins
  7. Place the dish in a water bath (Bain-Marie), the hot water should come half way up to the baking dish
  8. Bake in the oven for 40 – 50 mins or until custard is set 
  9. Serve with  Toffee Sauce and Vanilla Ice Cream 
The picture shows buttered bread, which is what I did and should be avoided, don’t butter the slices
Chop chocolate into small pieces – makes it easier to melt
Melt butter in pan, add cream, milk and chocolate
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Whisk eggs & sugar
Add the milk mixture into the egg mixture, pour over bread and bake
Chocolate Bread & Butter Pudding (missing the complete chocolate look) I’ll make it right the next time and update the pictures 🙂

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