White Chocolate Bread Pudding
 
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From The Palace Cafe, located on New Orleans' Canal Street in the old Werlein's Building. This dessert has become extremely popular, and has practically become The Palace Cafe's signature dessert.
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American/French
Serves: 8 servings
Ingredients
  • 3 cups whipping cream
  • 10 ounces white chocolate
  • 1 cup milk
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 8 egg yolks
  • 1 loaf French bread, sliced into ¼ inch pieces and dried in the oven
  • 2 tablespoons chocolate shavings for garnish
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 275°. Stand the bread slices on a baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes, or until dry but not browned. Transfer the bread to a 13-by-9-by-2-inch baking dish in an even layer. Increase the oven temperature to 350°.
  2. In a large saucepan, heat the cream with the milk and sugar until hot but not steaming. Remove from the heat, add the white chocolate and stir until melted.
  3. In a large bowl, beat the eggs with the egg yolks. In a slow, thin stream, whisk the hot cream into the eggs until smooth. Pour the custard over the bread and let stand until soggy, about 20 minutes. Press the bread into the custard occasionally.
  4. Cover the pudding with foil and bake for 1 hour. Remove the foil; bake for 20 minutes longer, or until golden and puffed. Let cool for at least 20 minutes.
  5. Top with Tart Cherry-Zinfandel Sauce, or make a sauce by thinning some good jam or fruit preserves with rum and gently heating it in a saucepan, or, if you're truly a glutton for rich food and a large waistline, drizzle with the white chocolate sauce below:
  6. For the white chocolate sauce:
  7. ounces white chocolate
  8. ounces heavy cream
  9. Gently melt the white chocolate in a double boiler. Remove from heat and mix in heavy cream. Spoon over bread pudding.
  10. You can also use milk, semisweet or bittersweet chocolate in this sauce, although I think a lighter, fruitier sauce works better; all that chocolate can be overkill.
Notes
<strong>Note from Donna:</strong> I put the jam sauce, usually cherry, on the plate, then the bread pudding on top of it and drizzle with the white chocolate sauce and shavings. Makes my A1C level go through the roof!
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