I am not going to complain and whine ‘cuz we are all busy and sometimes everyone is stretched thin. This last week I was almost sprouting holes. Unfortunately, it was also the week for Four Star Bread Pudding. This was on my short list to pick when it was my turn. That picture has been whispering sweet nothings in my ear for months.
Obviously, I should have made this in advance. We have been getting the months worth of recipes for quite awhile now. BUT…Thanks to my own self-induced ridiculousness I had to wait until after Easter. That left me all of one whole week. One busy week.
My original plan was to try to squeeze it in Sunday night after arriving home from a weekend trip to Nebraska (where both of my sons were seen sporting corn cob hats – put that on the list of things I never thought I’d see). Frankly, I was too tired and behind on everything that needed to get done by Monday but was neglected while we were gone. Then the disposal clogged leaving an attractive pool of food sludge in the sink. The joys of home ownership…
Cut to Monday. Homemade brioche? A distant and long abandoned idea. Grocery store “twisted egg loaf” it is.
To be able to eat this before midnight, I had to try to make it while making dinner, while getting kitchen back in order and while catching up with kids and husband. Chopped chocolate? Extra step. Out. Half bag of milk chocolate chips in cabinet. In. (This was a great plan until I realized that I had halved everything in the recipe BUT the chocolate. I desperately tried to dig out some half melted chips. The sink was sludge free for all of 5 minutes). Raisins – not opened and carmelized onions quickly turning to charred onions. Dried cranberries – waiting and ready.
The upside to rushing? My bread pudding didn’t look like mud or other unmentionables. The milk chocolate was too light. A freak advantage that I wouldn’t have been smart enough to plan in advance. The cranberries cut the sweetness of the milk chocolate – another unplanned success. Mine wasn’t soupy at all. I have no clue how that happened.
In sum, I loved it. My husband and I plowed through a good portion of it just standing in the kitchen. I can’t wait to try the dark chocolate version. TWD has opened my eyes to the wonders of bittersweet chocolate. But, I am making it in ramekins. Portion control is a very good thing.
Next week: chocolate tart. (note to self: must go to gym a lot this week). the full recipe for this week is at Lauren’s blog Upper East Side Chronicle.