Sunday, April 28, 2013

Individual White Chocolate and Raspberry Bread Puddings

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Somehow, there seems to be a mystique about making bread pudding.  In reality, however, it's basically the same batter that you make for french toast.  Nothing to it!  This recipe takes that basic bread pudding concept and kicks it up just a couple of notches with the addition of creamy white chocolate and fresh, juicy raspberries... an amazing combination, according to my husband.  :)

I made these individually.  Why?  Well this works for a variety of reasons.  Lets think of a few:  The individuals will cook faster, they are super cute to serve that way, this provides built in portion control, and it makes them very easy to transport.  This also means the extras are easy to send to work with my husband, or share with my coworkers.  
Ingredients:
  • 5 cups bread cubes, 1" pieces
  • 4 Tbsp butter, melted
  • 8 oz white chocolate (divided) 
  • 1/2 pint of fresh raspberries
  • 1 vanilla bean (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp clear vanilla
  • 4 eggs
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 cups milk
Raspberry Sauce:
  • 1/2 pint fresh raspberries  
  • juice from one lemon
  • 1/2 cup sugar

 

Step-by-Step:

Prep.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Cut the French bread into 1" cubes.  Let them sit out for a while.  The dried out bread will soak up the liquid better than really moist bread.  
5 cups bread cubes
Choose a muffin tin that has 6 of the "jumbo" size wells, rather than the "standard" size.  (The ones I used accommodate about 3/4 cup each.)   To each muffin well, I added some of the melted butter, divided equally.  
4 Tbsp melted butter
Chop half of the white chocolate into little pieces and add it to the bread cubes. 
4 oz white chocolate
Just mix it loosely to combine. 
 Add the bread cubes and chocolate pieces to the wells, then set aside.

Make the batter.  To a heavy saucepan, add the milk and sugar.  Heat until the sugar is melted, but don't boil the milk. 
2 cups milk
 
2/3 cup granulated sugar
If you are using a vanilla bean, add the seeds now.  To do this, split the bean lengthwise and scrape out the "caviar" with the edge of a knife.  Add to the warm milk.  If you want, just split and throw the whole thing in there.  You can strain it out later.  All those fragrant little vanilla bean specks are lovely in the batter! 
1 vanilla bean, split
Also, add the clear vanilla now.  Once the sugar is melted and the vanilla beans are dispersed, you can turn off the heat. 
1/2 tsp clear Mexican vanilla (my favorite kind!)
Stir in half of the white chocolate until melted. 
4 oz white chocolate
Strain the hot milk mixture through a fine sieve if you threw the vanilla bean pieces in there.
 
In a medium bowl, beat the eggs. 
4 large eggs

To the eggs, begin to add the warm milk mixture... SLOWLY... while whisking them furiously as you add the milk.  In other words, you need to "temper" the eggs, or else you will end up with scrambled eggs!  NOT good! 
 
Pour the egg and milk mixture over the bread cubes.  You may need to push the bread cubes down into the mixture just to get them all immersed in the liquid.  Allow them to sit for 10 - 15 minutes just so the bread can soak up all the batter.  The warm batter will begin to melt all those chocolate pieces.  Yum! 

Add a handful of raspberries to the top of each of the wells containing the bread pieces.  Push them down into it if you want, or just let them rest on top.  Your choice.
handful of fresh raspberries for each well

Bake.  Set the muffin tin into a larger pan, and add water up to about halfway of the wells.  We are creating a water bath. 
hot water bath
Bake the bread pudding, uncovered, about 40 - 45 minutes at 350 degrees F.  It should have stopped being "jiggly" by now, and the top should be a nice golden brown.  Don't overcook it, as you don't want it dried out. 


Make the sauce.  While the bread pudding is baking, make the raspberry sauce.  I used the rest of the pint of raspberries.   Add the raspberries, sugar, and lemon juice to a small saucepan.  Heat until the berries have broken down and the sugar is melted. 
rest of the pint of fresh raspberries

1/2 cup granulated sugar

juice of one lemon
Mash up the raspberries - I used a potato masher.  I wanted my sauce to be slightly chunky, but make it to your preference.    
Serve.  I served each bread pudding, still warm, with some of that warm raspberry sauce and fresh mint leaves.  I shaved some white chocolate into curls onto the top.  To make the curls, just run a vegetable peeler along the edge of the chocolate squares.  Easy peasy!!! 

Written Method:
Prep.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Cut the French bread into 1" cubes.  Let them sit out for a while.  The dried out bread will soak up the liquid better than really moist bread.   Choose a muffin tin that has 6 of the "jumbo" size wells, rather than the "standard" size.  (The ones I used accommodate about 3/4 cup each.)   To each muffin well, I added some of the melted butter, divided equally.  Chop half of the white chocolate into little pieces and add it to the bread cubes.  Just mix it loosely to combine.  Add the bread cubes and chocolate pieces to the wells, then set aside.

Make the batter.  To a heavy saucepan, add the milk and sugar.  Heat until the sugar is melted, but don't boil the milk.  If you are using a vanilla bean, add the seeds now.  To do this, split the bean lengthwise and scrape out the "caviar" with the edge of a knife.  Add to the warm milk.  If you want, just split and throw the whole thing in there.  You can strain it out later.  All those fragrant little vanilla bean specks are lovely in the batter!  Also, add the clear vanilla now.  Once the sugar is melted and the vanilla beans are dispersed, you can turn off the heat.  Stir in half of the white chocolate until melted.  Strain the hot milk mixture through a fine sieve if you threw the vanilla bean pieces in there. 

In a medium bowl, beat the eggs.  To the eggs, begin to add the warm milk mixture... SLOWLY... while whisking them furiously as you add the milk.  In other words, you need to "temper" the eggs, or else you will end up with scrambled eggs!  NOT good!  Pour the egg and milk mixture over the bread cubes.  You may need to push the bread cubes down into the mixture just to get them all immersed in the liquid.  Allow them to sit for 10 - 15 minutes just so the bread can soak up all the batter.  The warm batter will begin to melt all those chocolate pieces.  Yum!  Add a handful of raspberries to the top of each of the wells containing the bread pieces.  Push them down into it if you want, or just let them rest on top.  Your choice.

Bake.  Set the muffin tin into a larger pan, and add water up to about halfway of the wells.  We are creating a water bath.  Bake the bread pudding, uncovered, about 40 - 45 minutes at 350 degrees F.  It should have stopped being "jiggly" by now, and the top should be a nice golden brown.  Don't overcook it, as you don't want it dried out.

Make the sauce.  While the bread pudding is baking, make the raspberry sauce.  I used the rest of the pint of raspberries.   Add the raspberries, sugar, and lemon juice to a small saucepan.  Heat until the berries have broken down and the sugar is melted.  Mash up the raspberries - I used a potato masher.  I wanted my sauce to be slightly chunky, but make it to your preference.   

Serve.  I served each bread pudding, still warm, with some of that warm raspberry sauce and fresh mint leaves.  I shaved some white chocolate into curls onto the top.  To make the curls, just run a vegetable peeler along the edge of the chocolate squares.  Easy peasy!!! 

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4 comments:

  1. Lovely! I am a huge white chocolate fan, especially with berries! :)

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  2. Looks amazing!! Im actually making this right now. Did you buy seedless raspberries?

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    1. Hi there! I hope you enjoyed the recipe. No... I used regular raspberries. Where I live, those are the only kind available to me.

      Julie

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