Do those words spread holiday cheer or send a shiver up your spine?
I was invited to a semi-mandatory holiday potluck and asked to bring an appetizer, a side dish, or dessert. I didn’t know what to bring and I wanted something easy, delicious, and impressive (people know I love to cook, and you can’t bring something awful or they will think of you not as the person who loves to cook but as the person who thinks they can cook).
I was surfing the net and found an article on Chow about holiday potlucks! What perfect luck. They were lots of great recipes but I thought Nancy Silverton’s Chocolate Brioche Club Sandwich stood out.
I went shopping and couldn’t get brioche so I settled for challah bread since it’s also rich and eggy.
The recipe seems intimidating but was much simpler.
Chocolate Bread Pudding
I sliced the bread into 3 layers.
I gathered the ingredents for the soaking liquid and mixed them in my Kitchen Aid mixer.
I simmered cream and whole milk with cinnamon and cardamon for the custard.
Then I took that and added eggs (one had a double yolk!) and chopped chocolate to make a chocolate custard.
While that was happening I soaked the bread in the soaking liquid.
I layered the soaked bread with the custard and baked it for 50 min. I semi-artistically arranged slices on a plate.
All in all, my dish looked good, tasted good, and didn’t embarrass me.