How to Make Bread Pudding

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Pastry chef Heather Bertinetti walks through the basics of bread pudding -- a decadent dessert, breakfast or afternoon treat, and a great use for slightly stale bread.

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Hi, I'm Heather Bertinetti and you're watching eHow.com. Today, I want to share with you my recipe for bread pudding. It's one of my personal favorite desserts. It's so versatile and it's very easy to assemble so let's get to it. So first I have two loaves of what is Brioche bread. You can use pretty much any kind of bread that's old or stale. It works very well to stop up all the custard. The way we do this is I'm going to cube my bread. The reason why I use Brioche is because it's very high in fat and egg yolks. Hollow bread is very similar as well so feel free to experiment a little and do whatever you'd like. So the cubes that I'm cutting are about one inch each. I'm going to put them in a pan. This is just a regular nonstick pan. So get all these in here. The reason I say two loaves of bread, you might think that that's a lot but when you pour the custard over the Brioche it doesn't yield as much because all the bread sort of sinks and sops up all that delicious custard. So once all of our bread is cubed and almost overflowing in the pan, then give it a little squish down just a little bit and now we can make our custard. So I have a quart of cream and a quart of milk that I'm going to bring up to a boil. Okay in a separate bowl I'm going to separate eggs here. Here's a quick tip for separating eggs. You take two separate bowls and you crack the egg in half and then you kind of toss the yolk, letting the white slip out between each half of the shell. And then just put it in the other bowl. Alright, so we have our whites in one bowl and our yolks in the other. So the yolk is attracted to the inner part of the shell. So that's what makes its stay in there. So now we're going to combine both our eggs into a bowl and whisk them together with our cup and a half of sugar. I've added a pinch of salt to my cup and a half of sugar here. I'm just going to whisk these together. Make sure you get all of the eggs and the sugar incorporated. So for this bread pudding recipe I take one vanilla bean and I split it lengthwise and I drop it in the pot. We'll give that a little stir, make sure all the beans come out in the pot and this is coming right to a boil. Now we're going to temper our hot cream into our egg yolk mixture. You can use a ladle or you can use a cup. Start with a little bit of the hot liquid and you pour it in while you whisk your yolk mixture. So basically all tempering really means is that you're taking your cold yolk mixture and you're going to make it the same temperature as your hot cream so you don't risk cooking the egg yolks fully. A way to tell is if you feel the side of the bowl and it feels just as hot as your cream should be, it's tempered. So now I'm going to turn my heat down here. I'm going to add in the yolk mixture and continually whisk until this thickens up. It's going to be about one to two minutes. So now that our custard has come to the right consistency and the pastry roll this is what we call Napa. It's a fancy French term but don't be scared. It just means it will coat the back of the spoon like so. So now being very careful we're going to pour our custard over our bread in our prepared pan. Using a spatula, just press the bread into that custard. I'm sure it's like a nice even layer and all the bread is coated in. I'm going to top this with some chocolate chips. Alrighty, and now we're going to pop this in the oven for about 40 minutes at about 350 degrees. So now our bread pudding is finished. It looks great. I cannot wait to dig in. I'm Heather Bertinetti for eHow.com.

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