WILD BAKING FRENZY
I've been a crazy woman this weekend! It's been a wild baking frenzy here the last few days and the kitchen looks like a tornado went through it. Clanging pots and pans, baking dishes and ceramic ramekins. The sink was absolutely loaded with baking utensils and mixing bowls. My poor hubby can't keep up with all the treats that have been pouring out of the oven. He's like a kid in a candy shop. "What can I have? Wow, that smells good! When will it be done? What are you making now?" Then the inevitable, "I can't believe I ate the whole thing!" The camera comes out next because I HAVE to take pictures or no one would ever believe me. I wonder if I can change the name of my blog to Extreme Baking or Reality Baking?
CHOCOLATE BREAD PUDDING
One of the desserts I made this weekend was a sinfully rich Chocolate Bread Pudding. (click link for recipe) This is another excuse to have Portuguese Sweet Bread around. Along with Challah Bread, Sweet Bread makes the most divine bread pudding ~ chocolate or otherwise. Room temperature is best, but it's great right out of the fridge too.
The first whiff is intoxicating, like being in a chocolate shop while they're dipping handmade truffles. Then you notice another scent. The aroma is subtle. You know there's something else in there but you just can't identify the spice. The intense flavor comes from soaking pure vanilla beans and cinnamon sticks in the cream. The lightly sweetened whipped cream is drizzled with just a bit of chocolate ganache and maybe some chocolate curls.
DRESSED TO THE NINES
You play around with the pudding, not quite sure if you should take a dainty spoonful or wolf it right down. It's a man's dessert after all ~ or is it? Don't let this Chocolate Bread Pudding fool you. Its silky, luscious texture is a woman's dessert too. Very ravishing and passionate, this is dressed to the nines with fresh whipped cream, it's classy presentation is perfect for your next dinner party ~ or for just the two of you!
You can find my recipe by clicking here: Chocolate Bread Pudding.