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)
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