Once a product of frugality, bread pudding was the clever cook's way of using up leftover bread. But this rich, comforting dessert is reason enough to go out and buy a loaf. This chocolate version is dense and decadent enough to melt a chocolate lover's heart.
Beneath a golden top, soft cinnamon-, ginger-, and-pumpkin-spiced custard provides a robust treat. A sprinkle of confectioners' sugar brightens the brown hues of baked bread and bourbon-soaked raisins.
If you don't have pumpkin-pie spice, you can instead use 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon mixed with 1/4 teaspoon each of ground ginger and nutmeg. It's very important to make sure the bread soaks up the flavorful custard to ensure a velvety consistency.