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)
1/3 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!!