Did Cupid Like Chocolate?

Many of us on Valentine’s Day indulge in some sort of chocolate dessert.  My husband and I prefer the warm gooey kind of chocolate as compared to a Forest Gump box of chocolates.  Mr. 25thHG’s favorite dessert is Chocolate Chunk Bread Pudding.  I like the fact that the recipe is from Cooking Light (fewer calories) and that it is something you can make ahead.  Mr. 25thHG likes the fact that it is amazing!

1 3/4 cups Hawaiian Sweet Bread (cut into 1/2″ cubes)
2/3 cup 2% reduced-fat Milk
2 Tablespoons Sugar
1 1/2 Tablespoons unsweetened Cocoa
1 Tablespoon Kahlua
1/2 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1 Large Egg (lightly beaten)
Cooking Spray
1 oz. Semi-Sweet Chocolate, coarsely chopped (Dark Chocolate is great too)
2 Tablespoons frozen fat-free whipped topping, thawed

Yield – 2 Servings (Go ahead and double it, you will be glad you did!)

Preparation: Preheat over to 350°

  • Cube bread and arrange in a single layer on a baking sheet.  Bake at 350° for 5 minutes or until toasted.  Remove bread cubes from oven; decrease oven temperature to 325°

  • Combine milk and next 5 ingredients (milk through egg) in a medium bowl, stirring well with a whisk.  Make sure you whisk the mixture well to incorporate the cocoa.  Add bread, tossing gently to coat.  Cover and chill 30 minutes or up to 4 hours.

  • Prepare 2 (6 oz.) ramekins with cooking spray.
  • Divide half of bread mixture evenly between the ramekins.  Sprinkle evenly with half of the chocolate.  Divide remaining bread mixture between ramekins; top with remaining chocolate
  • Place ramekins in a 8-inch baking pan; add hot water to pan to a depth of 1 inch.
  • Bake at 325° for 35 minutes or until set.
  • Serve warm with a tablespoon of whipped topping

Here are a few tips….

  • Two rolls cubed will give you about 2 cups of bread cubes
  • I will usually put the bread pudding together before dinner and put it in the refrigerator until we are ready for dessert
  • Sometimes I chop up a chocolate bar and sometimes I use Dark Chocolate chunks (sold in bags like chocolate chips).  We actually prefer dark chocolate instead of the semi-sweet.  If I use the chunks, I still chop about about 1/3 of them in half.

  • This dessert is great with a nice glass of red wine
  • I also usually use real whipped cream if I have it.  Yes…. I know this adds calories but I only put a little on each bread pudding and it is really, really good!

So, did Cupid like chocolate?  No, we have the Aztecs and the Cadbury Brothers to thank for chocolate.  I think most of us are just happy to enjoy it regardless of who sent the first box of chocolates.

Hope you have a fantastic Valentine’s Day!

25th Hour Gal


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