Tuesday, April 21, 2009

TWD: Four Star Chocolate Bread Pudding


I've missed the last two weeks of TWD. I'll be honest. I'll Eat You is on a diet. Actually, only Lauren. In a cruel twist of fate, Paul weighs about 5 pounds soaking wet, so he is on the "eat more plan." In a desire to not give up everything I love (which includes both the baking and the eating of the scrumpious fancies) you will see "lightened up" versions of Dorie's desserts now, where possible. Since we don't post the recipe, I will be indicating some swaps that can help reduce the fat and calories.

In this recipe, I swapped out eggs in favor of egg substitute, used lowfat milk, and substituted fat free evaporated milk for the cream. I'm sure it would have been far richer and luxurious in the full fat version, but it was still everything a bread pudding should be- tender and moist and decadent tasting- a real treat. I made a half recipe and split that into 12 muffin tins, so everything was pre-portioned, which helps when you are trying not to eat the whole panful.

As a rule, I love bread pudding, and this was no exception. This was my first time making chocolate bread pudding, and let me tell you, it's worth chopping up a few ounces of chocolate to make this dessert feel extra-decadent. I used dried cherries instead of the called for raisins- they would be even better soaked in some liquor for a few minutes before adding.

This month's recipe was chosen by Lauren of Upper East Side Chronicle. Check out her blog for the recipe, or page 410 of Baking, From My Home to Yours, by Dorie Greenspan. Check out the rest of the TWD bakers here.

8 comments:

chocolatechic said...

So glad you could lighten it up.

Jennifer said...

Your lightening up ideas are really great. I'm so jealous of those lucky few that can eat and not gain! I'm like you, and really need to cut back on portion size and/or calories.

Leslie said...

I never would have thought of subbing for the milk, eggs and cream, great idea! Portion control? What's that? :-)

I also think adding a little extra chopped chocolate would elevate it even further.

Heather said...

I look forward to your tips on lightening things up!

pinkstripes said...

I'm glad it worked out for you even with all the substitutions. great job!

Amanda said...

I love your muffin tin idea. I'll have to try that one myself. I liked it, thought it was a bit rich, and will leave out the raisens next time.

Carla said...

Good luck on the diet! Even though I'm not on one, I try to lighten my recipes when possible. I definitely like the muffin idea.

TeaLady said...

Yeah, I try to go low carb when i can, but weight loss and TWD just DOES NOT ADD UP so to speak. Look forward to how you lighten up these great desserts. Looks really good.