Frankly, bread pudding is not one of those
desserts that I remember fondly from childhood, or have any
memories of at all. Having never eaten it as a child or young
adult, I had little or no interest in something that sounded
not quite like a dessert and not quite like a breakfast food.
Why would anyone put bread in a perfectly good pudding anyway?
Then I grew up and was diagnosed with Celiac
disease. So my experiences with bread pudding became a rather
moot point in that I couldnt eat it even if I wanted
to. And as we all know, once something is forbidden it becomes
much more attractive.
I have a friend who has a special
bread pudding recipe that he makes for special occasions.
I must admit that even as I pronounce my, "Oh dont
worry about it , Im too full anyway" speech, Ive
secretly wanted to taste what all the hoopla was about. After
all, every time my friend makes this dessert, everyone swoons
with anticipation, how bad can it be?
Not being one to be shown up, I decided
to perfect my own special gluten-free bread pudding
recipes. As with other bread soaking type recipes, heck, with
any recipe that includes bread as an ingredient, the first
challenge is bread. Typical gluten-free bread does not hold
up well to soaking and will usually turn to mush or at best,
lose its texture and integrity. The solution is to not
use gluten-free bread, but instead use frozen gluten-free
waffles. Ive used this not-so-secret ingredient with
terrific results in stuffing, where again you have a situation
where bread must soak up wet ingredients. For
our bread puddings, we used Vans
All Natural Wheat-free, Gluten-free Original Waffles.
We double toast the waffles, (toast them twice without letting
them burn) then cut them into 1" pieces. The waffle pieces
are crisp and crunchy and will hold up well to soaking.
This month we offer you to two bread pudding
recipes that are indeed special:
Mocha Bread Pudding and Fresh
Apple Cranberry Bread Pudding. If youve never eaten
bread pudding before or if youve longed for a perfect
gluten-free bread pudding just like the one Mom used to make,
these recipes are likely to become family favorites. You might
find out like I did, that you like bread pudding, and now
you can eat and enjoy as much as you like!
Chocolate Mocha Bread Pudding
- 4 cups 1" toasted pieces of Vans
- 1-1/4 cups gf semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup walnuts, toasted and chopped
- 1 cup cream
- 1 cup half and half
- 5 Tablespoons cocoa powder
- 2 Tablespoons instant espresso
- 4 large eggs and 1 egg yolk
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1-1/2 cups whipping cream
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- Chocolate chips for garnish
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Butter 4-7oz.
In a medium bowl, toss bread pieces, 1/2
cup chocolate chips and chopped nuts together until blended.
In a medium saucepan, whisk together cream, half and half,
cocoa and espresso until blended. Add remaining chocolate
chips and cook and stir over low heat until all is melted
and blended. In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs and sugar.
Slowly whisk in chocolate espresso mixture until blended.
Pour this mixture over bread mixture and gently toss. Let
stand for 1 hour. Divide puddings into the ramekins evenly.
Bake puddings until set, about 40 minutes. Serve warm puddings
topped with whipped cream and sprinkled with chocolate chips.
For whipped cream: Beat cream in a large
bowl until it starts to thicken. Add sugar and beat until
Fresh Apple Cranberry Bread Pudding
- 3 apples, peeled, cored and diced
- 3 cups 1" toasted pieces of Vans
- 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/2 cup unsweetened dried cranberries
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
- 3 large eggs, beaten
- 1/2 cup cream
- 2 Tablespoons Apple Jack brandy
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter an
8"x8" baking dish.
In a large mixing bowl, combine apples,
waffle pieces, sugar, cranberries, cinnamon and nutmeg; toss
to blend. In a small bowl add eggs, cream and brandy. Whisk
until blended. Add egg mixture to bread mixture, tossing gently
to blend. Transfer mixture to the prepared baking dish and
bake for 30 minutes. Serve warm as is or with gf vanilla ice