Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Chocolate Ganache Bread Pudding with Rosemary Port Caramel Sauce

(Photo from Food and Wine)

I think this is the first time I've used a stock photo for a recipe. I feel pretty shitty about it, but I couldn't help it. I made homemade challah bread, added rosemary to the caramel sauce, and created a little bit of chocolate magic that was devoured before a proper photo could be taken.

I had enough ingredients to make this twice... and I still wasn't able to get my own photo.

It was too amazing to wait for. We had to eat it immediately. Photos seemed unnecessary. 

(Adapted from Vicki Wells)


  • 5 ounces bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 1 1/4 cups heavy cream
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 pound challah, crust removed, bread cut into 3/4-inch dice (6 cups)
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 6 large egg yolks
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Rosemary Port Caramel Sauce

  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon ruby port
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons rosemary


  1. Make the caramel sauce.
  2. In a heavy, medium saucepan, cook the granulated sugar over moderately high heat, stirring occasionally, until melted. Continue to cook, without stirring, until an amber caramel forms, about 3 minutes. Remove from the heat. Add the light brown sugar and stir until smooth. Return the caramel to the heat and carefully add the port; the caramel will harden slightly. Cook, stirring, until the sugar dissolves. Add the cream and cook, stirring occasionally, until thickened, about 6 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla and rosemary. Transfer the sauce to a pitcher and serve warm.
  3. Preheat the oven to 325°.
  4. Put 2 ounces of the bittersweet chocolate in a small heatproof bowl.
  5. Heat 1/4 cup of the heavy cream in a small saucepan over moderately low heat. Pour the warm cream over the chopped chocolate and let stand for 5 minutes, then stir until the chocolate ganache is smooth. Let the chocolate ganache stand at room temperature until set.
  6. Butter an 11-by-8-inch baking dish. In a small saucepan, melt the butter.
  7. In a large bowl, toss the melted butter with the diced challah. Spread the bread on a baking sheet in an even layer and toast for about 15 minutes, or until the bread is golden brown. Wipe out the bowl.
  8. In a small saucepan, combine the remaining 1 cup of heavy cream with the milk and 6 tablespoons of the sugar and bring just to a boil. Remove the heavy cream mixture from the heat. Add the remaining 3 ounces of chopped bittersweet chocolate and let stand for 5 minutes, then whisk until the chocolate is melted.
  9. In the bowl used for the bread, whisk the remaining 6 tablespoons of sugar with the egg yolks, cocoa, vanilla and salt until a paste forms. Slowly whisk in the warm chocolate cream until smooth. Strain the custard into a clean bowl. Add the toasted bread and toss to coat with the warm chocolate cream. Let stand for 10 minutes, or until most of the chocolate cream is absorbed.
  10. Pour the bread mixture into the prepared baking dish. Using a large spoon, dollop the chocolate ganache on top. Bake the bread pudding for about 35 minutes, or until it is cooked through. Let the chocolate bread pudding stand for 15 minutes, then serve with the Port Caramel Sauce on the side.

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