Chocolate Cheesecake Bread Pudding

Bread Pudding 2

Happy Valentine’s Day! With all that has been going on this year, the holiday snuck up on me, but I have a great recipe for just such an occasion. It is simple, quick and uses ingredients you likely have about the house but is also a decadent twist on a familiar desert. We are going to make Chocolate Cheesecake Bread Pudding; it is a very rich dish so it is perfect for the holiday. Also, when it is finished it looks like you did a ton more work then it took, so it always impresses.

When I made this, I had a lot of the ingredients and so made a large batch. If you are just making this for you and your S.O., you can cut the recipe in half and it should make a nice big dessert, with a little left over to enjoy later.

The best breads to use are sweet white breads like challah or brioche, but any white bread works well. You can even use brown, whole wheat, or gluten-free breads, but they make for a mushier bread pudding.

This recipe serves 6-8

Ingredients:

Cheesecake:

8 oz cream cheese

1/3 cup sugar

1 egg

1/4 tsp vanilla

Chocolate Bread Pudding:

6 oz dark chocolate

2/3 cup sugar

2 cups milk

2 eggs

1/2 tsp vanilla

1 medium loaf bread, cut into bite-sized pieces

Directions:

1)      Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

2)      Combine the cheesecake ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Let sit.

3)      Melt the dark chocolate in a double boiler or in the microwave (in 10 second intervals to prevent burning).

4)      Add the sugar to the chocolate, and then add the milk, eggs, and vanilla. Mix well.

5)      Add in the bread and let soak for about 10 minutes.

6)      Place a layer of bread pudding in the bottom of the baking dish.

7)      Ladle a layer of cheesecake over the bread pudding.

8)      Add another layer of bread pudding on top of the cheesecake.

9)      Top with a drizzle of cheesecake.

10)   Bake for about 25 minutes, until the bread pudding is set and firm.

11)   Let sit for at least 10 minutes before eating.

12)   Serve and Enjoy!

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