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Pear and Chocolate Brioche Bread Pudding

In place of brioche, you can use a rustic white bread or challah.

  • prep: 25 mins
    total time: 1 hour 30 mins
  • servings: 8

Ingredients

  • Unsalted butter, room temperature, for baking dish
  • 3 ounces bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 7 ounces brioche, cut into eight 1/2-inch slices, halved diagonally
  • 1 1/2 pounds firm but ripe pears, such as Anjou or Bartlett (about 3), cored and very thinly sliced
  • 3 large eggs, plus 3 large egg yolks
  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 1 1/4 cups heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine salt
  • 1 tablespoon sanding or other coarse sugar

Cook's Note

To store, refrigerate, covered, up to 2 days.

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Butter a shallow 2-quart baking dish and sprinkle bottom evenly with chocolate. Arrange brioche in dish, alternating each slice with 3 or 4 pear slices.

  2. Step 2

    In a large bowl, gently whisk together eggs and egg yolks, milk, cream, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt. Pour mixture evenly over bread and pears and let sit 5 minutes. Sprinkle with sanding sugar.

  3. Step 3

    Bake until brioche is puffed and custard is just set, 50 to 60 minutes. Let cool slightly. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Source
Everyday Food, October 2011

Reviews (1)

  • 28 Nov, 2011

    Presentation is beautiful, smell is mouth-watering, but the taste is disappointing. I took this to my new Grandparents-in-law's Thanksgiving and everyone was excited to try it...but no one came back for seconds or said anything about it. The silence on their part was only noteworthy because it had been the big point of discussion before the desserts were served! The flavor is bland and a bit disjointed. I won't be keeping this recipe.