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Pear and Chocolate Brioche Bread Pudding

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

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  • Servings: 8

Source: Everyday Food, October 2011

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

Directions

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

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