Bey and Jay. PB&J. Platano con salami. They're all iconic duos and pastry chef Paola Velez has one more to add to the canon: guava and cheese. This classic flavor combo takes a star turn in a dessert that Velez describes as "if flan and bread pudding had a baby, and it's delicious." This particular budin de pan recipe—which Velez calls "history in a bowl"—originated with Velez's husband's 101-year-old grandmother, and features a lavish custard made with what might seem like an excess of evaporated milk, but makes for an utterly dreamy texture in the final product. Mastering the homemade caramel portion calls for some close attention and meticulous stirring—Velez notes that even one undissolved grain of sugar may cause the whole mass to solidify—but the reward is sweet and filled with plenty of tropical vibes, especially if you opt for chopped mango on top.
Around the holidays, master baker Eli Zabar uses rich brioche bread for this incredibly simple, shuffle-like bread pudding. Zabar likes to serve it with his favorite jam or stewed seasonal fruit, but it’s also great with a drizzle of maple syrup.Slideshow: Breakfast Breads
This warm, rich and chocolatey bread pudding from Andrew Zimmern is a great crowd-pleasing dessert for the Holiday season. Slideshow: Delicious Bread Pudding Desserts
Chef Roger Freedman created this indulgent recipe almost by accident: “I was making bread pudding and ran out of bread. I happened to have day-old croissants on the shelf, so I thought I’d give them a try. It turned out the croissants added a richness that bread wouldn’t have.” Freedman folds the pastries into a chocolate custard mixed with bits of chopped milk chocolate, then bakes everything in one big dish. Slideshow: More Bread Pudding Desserts