Pastry chef and Ace of Cakes host Duff Goldman crosses the US in search of great sweets for his Food Network show, Sugar High. When he met Sarah Schulz of Schulzies Bread Pudding in Venice Beach, California, she told him that she always thinks about happy memories when baking bread puddings like this one because she believes those good vibes make her desserts extra-delicious. At Schulzies, which opened a second location in San Francisco, she serves her pudding cold, scooped out of the pan like ice cream, but it’s just as good warm.
5 large eggs
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup light brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
5 cups whole milk, at room temperature
1 pound white sandwich bread, torn
12 ounces bittersweet chocolate, cut into 1/2-inch pieces (2 cups)
Softened unsalted butter, for greasing
Hot fudge sauce and chocolate shavings, for serving
How to Make It
Preheat the oven to 350° and position a rack in the center of the oven. In a large bowl, whisk the eggs with the granulated and light brown sugars until smooth. Add the salt, vanilla and milk and whisk until the sugars are dissolved.
Spread the bread pieces in a 9-by-13-inch glass baking dish and pour the custard on top. Press the bread pieces into the custard and let stand, stirring occasionally, until the bread is evenly moistened, about 15 minutes. Fold in the chocolate chunks and smooth the top.
Cover the dish with buttered foil and set it in a large roasting pan. Transfer the roasting pan to the oven and pour enough hot water into the pan to reach halfway up the side of the baking dish. Bake the pudding for about 2 hours, until the center is completely set. Remove the baking dish from the water bath and let cool.
Serve the bread pudding warm with hot fudge and chocolate shavings, or refrigerate until very firm, at least 4 hours or overnight, and serve in scoops.
The bread pudding can be refrigerated for up to 4 days. Serve chilled or slightly warmed.
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