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Chocolate bread pudding. Spoils of war

I can haz leftovers? © Cookaroo
This is what I made for dessert last night. That piece is all that's left of this chocolate bread pudding. And chances are, by the time I get home, there will be nothing left. (The husband had to go to work late this evening, so can you see why I am slightly suspicious).

But meanwhile, have you guys been watching Junior Masterchef Australia? Are those kids awesome or what! I can't take my eyes off their sweet smiles and their elegant movements in the kitchen.

Last week, in one of the eliminating episodes, the kids had to recreate Callum's croissant bread pudding with a chocolate sauce and mascarpone cream. You should have seen some of them! So neat, so deft, so brave! I am totally in awe of them.

Once the episode got over, I had a sudden craving for bread pudding. Except there was no bread at home. So I thought that I might as well bake some bread. Except I got stuck with some terrible yeast that refused to rise. I wassa very sad.

Anyhow, my sister bought two huge loaves of bread for Sunday brunch, and after making club sandwiches, I was left with an entire loaf! And when an impromptu match-watching (IPL) plan was fixed for Sunday night, this was the dessert I knew I wanted to make.

Rummaging in the fridge, I found some chocolate-banana spread that my brother had bought when he was here. The spread is in two parts - the chocolate is well chocolatey - plain not Nutella-esque and the banana is well awful and synthetic. The smell had put me off that jar forever, so when I spied it in the shelves, I thought this might be a good way to use it up. I didn't use the banana-bit, although some did accidentally make its way into the chocolate bits, but all in all, I used up half a jar.

I threw in some chips, some marshmallows because regular bread pudding calls for raisins and sometimes jam - I thought this might be add another texture.

Crispy bits © Cookaroo

A good soak and two hours later the pudding could be served. I served it with some vanilla ice cream, but am sure it'll work well with some whipped cream as such.  Can you see the crispy bits on top? That's my favourite part of the pudding.

Also a proper post on bread pudding still needs to be done. I have to run otherwise I'm going to be in a lot of trouble with my friend, N, who's starving.

Wiping the slate © Cookaroo
Chocolate Bread Pudding with marshmallows and chocolate chips
Serves 6


10 slices of bread (I used whole wheat and oats)
4 tblsps butter
5 tsps chocolate spread (if you don't have chocolate spread, just melt regular chocolate and spread it)
1/3 cup chocolate chips
1/3 cups mini marshmallows
3 eggs
500 ml milk
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla


1. Butter each slice of bread on one side. Slather on some chocolate spread on one slice of bread and top with another slice, buttered-side down. Basically you're making chocolate sandwiches.

2. Cut the chocolate sandwiches in cubes and spread in a baking dish. Sprinkle chocolate chips and mini marshmallows, making sure you're getting them into all sorts of crevices.

3. Break the eggs into a separate bowl, add sugar and vanilla and whisk. Slowly add the milk till all the sugar dissolves.

4. Put the milk mixture into the chocolate sandwich dish. Let it sit for atleast 45 minutes (to overnight) before baking at 170 degree for 40 minutes. Let it rest for 20 minutes before eating.

5. Serve with ice cream, chocolate sauce, cream extra marshmallows and whatever else you feel like.

I am sending this off for Pari of Foodelicious' Only Chocolate event, which you guys must see for some fun chocolate recipes.

Pudding and pie © Cookaroo

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