Welcome to my kitchen, food lovers! I am excited to share with you a recipe that is sure to tantalize your taste buds and satisfy your sweet tooth. Today, we will be whipping up a delectable dish that combines the rich flavors of Irish cream and chocolate in a bread pudding.
This dessert is perfect for those cozy evenings when you are craving something warm and comforting to snuggle up with on the couch. The smell of fresh baking bread wafting through the air is a sure way to make anyone feel at home.
Now, you may be thinking, “Bread pudding? Really?” But trust me, this is not your average bread pudding. This recipe takes things up a notch by adding imported white chocolate and Irish whiskey to the mix. The result? A deliciously decadent treat that is sure to leave your guests begging for more.
So grab your apron and join me in the kitchen as we indulge in this mouth-watering Irish Chocolate Bread Pudding with Sauce Recipe.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
Are you a chocolate lover? Do you enjoy a hearty, comforting dessert recipe that you can indulge in after a long day? Then this Irish Chocolate Bread Pudding with Sauce recipe is perfect for you! Trust me when I say that this decadent dessert is beyond delicious and will leave you craving more.
What sets this recipe apart from your standard bread pudding is the addition of imported white and dark chocolate, adding a rich depth of flavor to each bite. The Irish cream and whiskey add an extra kick, making this dessert bold and irresistible. The soft and chewy bread pudding and creamy sauce are the perfect combination, making it a dessert that satisfies all your cravings.
Not to mention that this recipe is extremely easy to make! You only need a handful of ingredients, most of which can be found in your pantry. It takes less than 30 minutes to prepare before baking, which means you can have your dessert ready in no time.
So why settle for a basic bread pudding when you can take it up a notch with this chocolatey twist? Trust me, this dessert will become your new favorite comfort food recipe.
Let’s talk ingredients! To make this mouth-watering Irish Chocolate Bread Pudding with Sauce, you will need:
For the Bread Pudding:
- 2 cups heavy cream
- 1 cup whole milk
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1/2 cup evaporated milk
- 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
- 12 ounces chocolate chips or imported white chocolate, chopped into small pieces
- 8 cups of cubed bread (such as French bread, New Orleans-style bread, Irish soda bread, or chocolate chip bread)
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
For the Irish Cream Sauce:
- 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
- 1/4 cup Irish cream liqueur (such as Bailey’s)
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 2 large egg yolks
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 1/4 cup Irish whiskey
For the Dark Chocolate Bourbon Sauce:
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 8 ounces dark chocolate, chopped into small pieces
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1/4 cup bourbon
Make sure to gather all of the ingredients before you start baking! I highly recommend using high-quality chocolate for the best results.
The Recipe How-To
Now that we have all the ingredients ready let’s get baking!
Preheat and Grease
Preheat your oven to 350°F. Grease a baking dish with unsalted butter or cooking spray.
In a large mixing bowl, beat 2 large eggs until light and fluffy. Add 1 cup of sugar and continue beating until the mixture is well combined.
Next, pour in 2 cups of milk, 1 can of evaporated milk, and 1 tablespoon of pure vanilla extract. Mix well.
Slowly add in the cubed bread to the mixing bowl, stirring gently so the bread gets coated with the egg mixture but doesn’t turn into mush.
Once all the bread cubes have been added to the mixture, stir in 12 ounces of chopped white chocolate and 3/4 cup of dark chocolate chips.
Pour the mixture into the greased baking dish and spread it out evenly.
Bake for 45-50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
Make The Irish Whiskey Caramel Cream Sauce
While the bread pudding is cooking, you can prepare the Irish whiskey caramel cream sauce (optional).
In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, combine 1 cup brown sugar, 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, 1/4 cup heavy cream, and 2 tablespoons Irish whiskey; whisk constantly until melted together.
Simmer it for about 5-7 minutes while constantly stirring until it thickens to syrupy consistency.
Remove from heat and let it cool. Reserve for bread pudding as topping on serving time.
Serve Warm with Irish Cream Sauce
Take out your bread pudding from the oven when ready and let it cool or rest for few minutes before serving.
To make an Irish cream sauce, whisk together 1 cup heavy cream, 1/4 cup Irish cream liqueur, and 1/4 cup granulated sugar in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer, stirring frequently, for about 10 minutes until the sauce thickens.
Slice the cooled pudding into squares and serve with the Irish whiskey caramel cream sauce and Irish cream sauce drizzled on top.
Substitutions and Variations
When it comes to making Irish Chocolate Bread Pudding with Sauce, there are many substitutions and variations you can try to customize the recipe to your liking.
For the bread element of this pudding, instead of using French bread, you could experiment with other types of bread such as Irish soda bread or chocolate chip bread. Both will give a unique twist to the classic dessert.
If you’re looking for an alcohol-free version, you can omit the Irish whiskey and Irish cream from the recipe. Instead, try substituting with vanilla extract and a tablespoon of bourbon for that extra depth of flavor.
For those who have dietary restrictions or preferences, there are also some ingredient swaps that can be made. If you’re lactose intolerant or vegan, you can use coconut milk or almond milk instead of heavy cream and evaporated milk. For a healthier version, you can use whole-wheat bread and replace the sugar with honey.
The sauce is another area where experimentation is encouraged. Instead of the caramel cream sauce called for in the recipe, you could make a dark chocolate or vanilla sauce to pour over your bread pudding. You could also drizzle some caramel sauce over your dessert to add an extra touch of sweetness and decadence.
By making these substitutions and variations, you can create a unique interpretation of this traditional dessert while still maintaining the flavors and textures that make it so delicious.
Serving and Pairing
When serving your Irish Chocolate Bread Pudding With Sauce, there are a few things to keep in mind to make the most of this delicious dish.
Firstly, allow the pudding to cool for a few minutes before serving, so that it can firm up and hold its shape better. This will also prevent any potential scalding of your palate.
Once the pudding has cooled sufficiently, you have a few options for pairing it with other foods and drinks. One classic way to serve Irish bread pudding is with a warm vanilla or whiskey sauce drizzled over the top. The sweet and savory flavors of the pudding blend perfectly with the richness of the sauce.
Other great options for pairing include serving it with fresh berries, whipped cream, or even a scoop of vanilla ice cream for added cold creaminess to contrast with the warm chocolatey goodness of the bread pudding.
As for drinks, nothing beats a strong coffee, especially an Irish coffee completewith whipped cream on top. The warmth and bitterness of coffee perfectly balances out the sweetness and richness of Irish Chocolate Bread Pudding. For those looking for an alcohol-free option, try pairing your bread pudding with hot cocoa or chai tea.
No matter how you choose to serve it, Irish Chocolate Bread Pudding With Sauce is sure to become a crowd-pleaser at any dinner party or gathering with friends and family.
Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating
The Irish Chocolate Bread Pudding can be made ahead of time and stored for later use. In fact, the flavors tend to improve after being stored overnight. The best way to make this dish ahead of time is to bake it first, let it cool and then cover it tightly with foil or plastic wrap. It can then be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
To reheat the bread pudding, place it on a baking sheet and reheat it in a preheated oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 10-15 minutes. If you prefer a softer texture, you can microwave individual portions of the pudding on high for two to three minutes.
If you have leftover bread pudding, avoid freezing it if possible. Freezing the pudding changes its texture and tends to make it more rubbery than soft. However, if you do need to freeze leftovers, wrap them tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil and store them in an airtight container for up to 2 months.
Finally, when serving the bread pudding that has been refrigerated or frozen, it is recommended to warm up the sauce before pouring over the dessert. This will ensure that the pudding stays moist while basking in the flavors of that sky-high whiskey caramel sauce!
Tips for Perfect Results
Making Irish Chocolate Bread Pudding with Sauce may seem easy, but there are a few tips and tricks to ensure that you get the perfect results. As someone who has experimented and perfected this recipe over time, I can attest to the importance of following these tips for the best outcome. Let’s dive in.
Firstly, when cubing the bread, be sure to allow it to dry out for at least a day before using it. This will help it soak up the custard mixture better while also preventing any sogginess. It’s also essential to use bread that is slightly stale rather than fresh bread as this will result in a less dense bread pudding.
Moreover, selecting high-quality chocolate is an essential aspect of making Irish Chocolate Bread Pudding with Sauce. Using imported white and dark chocolate instead of store-bought varieties will elevate the dessert’s taste, making it richer and creamier.
Another vital tip involves adding dark chocolate chips to the bread mixture before pouring over the custard mix. Doing this will give an additional depth of flavor and add extra texture into every bite.
When baking the bread pudding, cover it with foil for the first 30 minutes, then remove it and continue baking until golden brown. This helps create a moist interior without drying out the top.
Before serving, make sure to drizzle some Irish whiskey sauce over it along with some Irish cream sauce, which adds more depth of flavor and enhances the overall taste of your dessert.
Finally, don’t forget about presentation – garnish your dessert with additional chocolate shavings or perhaps serve alongside some fresh berries for color contrast that will make your dish look even more inviting.
Follow these tips for exceptional results that will undoubtedly impress your guests.
Now that you have learned how to make this delicious Irish Chocolate Bread Pudding with Sauce Recipe, you might have some questions in mind. In this section, I will answer some of your commonly asked questions and provide you with some helpful tips and tricks to ensure that your pudding turns out great every time. Let’s dive right in!
What is bread pudding sauce made of?
If you’re looking for a way to elevate your desserts to the next level, try making a delectable sauce using a blend of butter, cream, rum, and vanilla. This sauce is simply divine when paired with our Bread Pudding. Alternatively, you can give your Bakewell Tarts a sweet makeover by drizzling this sauce on top! Indulge in some sweet treats with this mouth-watering addition.
How to make bread pudding Martha Stewart?
For this recipe, you will need a baking dish that has been greased with 2 tablespoons of softened unsalted butter. Cut 12 ounces of brioche or challah into 1-inch cubes and set aside. In a separate bowl, mix together 2 cups of milk and 3 cups of heavy cream. Whisk in 4 large eggs and 1 large egg yolk until well combined. Add 1 cup of sugar, ½ teaspoon of salt, and 1 tablespoon of pure vanilla extract, and mix until everything is thoroughly combined.
What is Irish bread pudding made of?
For this recipe, we will need to gather about 10 cups of cubed French bread, cut into small 1/2 inch cubes. We will also need 1/2 cup of either raisins or chocolate chips, depending on your preference. Additionally, we’ll be making our own Irish Whiskey Caramel Sauce, which will require 3/4 cup of heavy cream, 1 cup of sugar, 3/4 tablespoon of vanilla extract, and 1 can (12 ounces) of evaporated milk. Lastly, we’ll need 2 lightly beaten eggs to bind the ingredients together.
Why is my bread pudding too dry?
Have you ever found yourself with dry bread pudding because you overcooked it or had to reheat it? Don’t worry, I’ve got some tips to fix it up. To give your bread pudding some moisture, try adding a bread pudding sauce or cream on top. Another great option is to serve it with a scoop of ice cream, which will bring it back to life in no time.
In conclusion, this Irish Chocolate Bread Pudding with Sauce recipe is a must-try for chocolate lovers and dessert enthusiasts alike. With its irresistible combination of rich chocolate and Irish cream flavors, this dish is sure to impress everyone who tries it. The warm, moist texture of the bread pudding combined with the creamy sauce will make you feel like you are indulging in a decadent treat.
Moreover, this recipe can be easily customized to fit your preferences or dietary needs. You can switch up the chocolate types or add different ingredients to make it even more unique. Whether you choose to serve it at a special occasion or enjoy it on a lazy Sunday afternoon, this recipe is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.
So next time you’re craving something sweet and satisfying, give this Irish Chocolate Bread Pudding with Sauce recipe a try. Follow the tips and recommendations provided in this article, and you’ll be on your way to creating a delicious dessert that everyone will love. Don’t hesitate to experiment with different variations of this recipe as well – you never know what delicious outcome awaits. Happy cooking!
Irish Chocolate Bread Pudding With Sauce Recipe
- 2 cups whipping cream
- 6 tablespoons irish cream
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 teaspoons cornstarch
- 2 teaspoons water
- 14 cups French bread cubes (about 12 ounces)
- 6 ounces chocolate, chopped, bittersweet, semisweet
- 6 ounces imported white chocolate, chopped
- 4 large eggs
- 1/2 cup sugar, plus
- 4 tablespoons sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 cups whipping cream
- 1/2 cup whole milk
- nonstick vegetable oil cooking spray
- For sauce:
- Bring cream, liqueur, sugar, and vanilla to boil in heavy medium saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring frequently. Mix cornstarch and 2 teaspoons water in small bowl to blend; whisk into cream mixture. Boil until sauce thickens, stirring constantly, about 3 minutes. Cool, then cover and refrigerate until cold, about 2 hours. (Can be made 3 days ahead. Keep refrigerated.).
- For bread pudding:
- Combine bread, chocolate, and white chocolate in large bowl; toss to blend. Using electric mixer, beat eggs, 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar, and vanilla in another large bowl to blend. Gradually beat in 1 1/2 cups cream and milk. Add cream mixture to bread mixture; stir to combine. Let stand 30 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 350°F Spray 13x9x2-inch glass baking dish with nonstick spray. Transfer bread mixture to prepared dish, spreading evenly.
- Drizzle with remaining 1/2 cup cream. Sprinkle with remaining 2 tablespoons sugar. Bake pudding until edges are golden and custard is set in center, about 1 hour. Cool pudding slightly.
- Drizzle bread pudding with sauce and serve warm.
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Brian is a British chef cum food blogger who has been in the kitchen since he was a young lad. Growing up in Manchester, he developed a passion for cooking and a keen eye for the perfect dish. He now runs his own blog and YouTube channel, which is dedicated to sharing his passion for food with the world.