Sometimes you just need a little comforting. This was one of those times. I had the post bad movie blues after watching the “horror” movie Hereditary. I’m not a jump-scare movie person, so I was very excited to see a movie that supposedly had some substance to it and maybe some chilling moments. I had heard it compared to the Babadook, a really good horror movie that dealt with grief. I watched it a couple of years after I lost my son and it had really helped to see some of my darker feelings in a movie, making me feel that I wasn’t alone. This movie however, was nothing like the Babadook. I dealt with some grief, but only in a superficial way and as far as chilling or scary goes, the scariest thing about this movie was that it was over two hours! I was so mad that I had spent money and so much time on this movie! As I fast-walked to my car, I heard the other two people that had sat in front of me in the theater say, “thank God that’s finally over!” At least I wasn’t alone in my opinion!
So I decided to stick with the comforting aspect for my dessert, and believe me, the chocolate helped! You can watch my full movie review and recipe demo at: https://youtu.be/Uq8Z3UqUJ2I
Dark Comfort Chocolate Bread Pudding
2 cups milk
6-10 slices brioche bread, cubed
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup sugar
3 Tablespoons cocoa powder
1 cup chocolate chips
Butter six 1-cup ramekins or one 1-quart ovenproof souffle baking dish. Place bread cubes and 1/2 of the chocolate chips evenly among the ramekins or in the baking dish.
In small pan over low heat, place remaining chocolate chips, sugar, cocoa powder, and 1 cup of the milk. Stir constantly until just until chocolate is melted. Remove from heat. Transfer to large bowl and add remaining milk. Whisk in eggs, salt and vanilla until thoroughly combined.
Pour mixture evenly over bread cubes/chocolate chips and let sit 30 minutes for bread to absorb chocolate mixture. Ramekins or baking dish should be about 3/4 full, or possible overflow will occur.
Bake at 350 degrees for 45-55 minutes until set and no longer runny in the middle. Get your favorite banky and cuddle up!
Serves about 6.