The holidays are closing in on us and I couldn't be more excited. Last weekend, Sam and I visited the Farmers Market, my favorite Sunday tradition. During our trip through the market, I paused longer than usual at the freshly baked bread vendor. It may have been because I was contemplating shoving a stunning chocolate croissant down my throat as my second breakfast of the day, or that I was meant to look up at the woman next to me retrieving her homemade Challah loaf. It was settled. Give me whatever she's got. And, after butchering the word "Challah" 5 nauseating times before simply motioning to the woman's loaf, I was excited to get to work.
Recently, I had stumbled across a recipe for chocolate bread pudding on one of the many cooking and baking shows that I watch in the middle of the night with Sam snoring beside me. So, thinking back to that, I got the idea for a decadent bread pudding to be served at Thanksgiving. In case you haven't noticed by now, I'm a dessert kind of gal. I like it chocolately, filling, rich, and warm. Did that just get really naughty really quick? Oops. Incidental #dessertporn.
It's just that if I'm going to have a "cheat meal" it's got to be worth it, you know? And let me tell you guys something, this bread pudding is so, so worth it. Sam swears that it's not even bread pudding because he doesn't particularly like bread pudding and he ate the entire serving. Excuses, excuses, right? Unfortunately for Sam, bread was my main ingredient so...I'm going to stick with the name on this one. I do have to admit though, if you didn't see the process of how it was made, you might confuse it with an enormous chocolate chip cookie or cake. Which, hey, I'm not exactly going to argue.
I always try to bring a new dish to our Thanksgiving celebration (family reunion?) because I kind of feel that it's expected of me as a blogger, at the very least. Last year it was the traditional pumpkin and pecan pies of which I had to compete with every other family member there. Not particularly satisfying. And, even though I have zero family members that are neither Jewish nor Irish, I'm positive that this dish will impress (and be eaten within the hour like it was at my office).
Bring it on, Thanksgiving. (Or, bring it on Thanksgiving). Both of which apply here.
(Makes 6-8 servings)
Recipe slightly adapted from Food Network.
Let me know how your Challah Cinnamon Raisin Bread Pudding with Chocolate Ganache turned out in the comments below.
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