Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Grandma Tower's Chocolate Bread Pudding



Grandma Tower's Chocolate Bread Pudding

I had never heard of Chocolate Bread Pudding before marrying into the "Tower" family.  This is my husband's grandmother's recipe that I suppose was passed down from her mom and so forth.  You should see the brittle piece of vintage paper that has her original recipe in her own hand writing - it says things like: "maybe 2 cups of bread" or "about 1/3 cup sugar" ....etc - she never measured her ingredients - she did everything by sight.  (actually - this is exactly how my grandmother did her baking also - just by sight).  Anyway, my mother-in-law has perfected this recipe over the years and added a little more vanilla and I have (of course) added more cocoa. 

It's very unique - totally different from milk chocolate pudding - it's maybe a little more like very moist brownies.  And it's a great way to use up stale bread.  Don't throw your old bread out to the birds - save it and make this unique dessert!


 
 
 
 
 
2 heaping cups of cubed stale bread (cut into cubes - see top small picture above)
1 egg
1/3 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
dash of salt
4 heaping tablespoons of cocoa powder (I like strong chocolate flavor)
1 1/2 cups milk
 
Prepare the bread as described above.  Place the bread cubes in a round Pyrex baking dish (spray or butter the dish first to prevent sticking).  In that baking dish add the egg, sugar, vanilla, salt & milk and stir a little and it should look like the second picture above.  Now add in the cocoa powder and stir a little more until it resembles the third picture above.  Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 45 to 50 minutes or until knife inserted comes out clean.
 
  Allow to cool.  Top with fresh whipped cream.  ENJOY!!
 
 
 
 
 

17 comments:

  1. Yum! That looks amazing! Mind you, if it involves chocolate, how could it not be!?
    Dropping by from the GFC blog hop. :)

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  2. I have never been a big fan of bread pudding but I think the addition of chocolate could definitely change my mind! This sounds delicious.

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  3. Newest follower here! I found you through the tuesday link up. Super cute blog, I can't wait to read more.
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  4. I'm with Shannah, never been a fan of bread pudding but making it with chocolate does sound good. Chocolate makes everything better :)

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  5. Oh my gracious how I love bread pudding. Add some chocolate and I might just squeal with delight!! Thanks for sharing this. :-)

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  6. I've never heard of bread pudding but it looks delicious! What a great use of stale bread!

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  7. My friend makes this for parties..i had no idea what the ingredients were. so yummy!

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  8. What a neat idea! I can't wait to try this...thanks so much for sharing :)

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  9. I'm pinning this... so wonderful. I love an old family recipe and you can tell it was thought of as a way to avoid food waste.

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    1. Thanks so much! - Yes, she was a mom & house wife during the depression - I'm sure it was all about "no waste"

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  10. Oh my! Talk about comfort food! Yum! Thanks you for sharing at All my Bloggy Friends. I'm looking forward to seeing what you share this week! :)

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  11. Hi Angie! Thank you so much for sharing at Thriving on Thursday. I love these kind of recipes. I am featuring it at tomorrow's party. Thanks again for linking up.

    Anne xx

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    1. WOW - thank you so much!! - I'll be sure to stop by tomorrow!

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  12. Visiting from Domesblisscity. I was going to make normal bread and butter pudding tonight. But now it will be this!! Thanks for sharing

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  13. Your bread pudding looks heavenly. Thanks for sharing this at Sweet Saturday 2 weeks ago, and forgive me for responding so late!

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  14. Some of the old fashioned and handed down recipe are the best!

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