Friday, March 16, 2012

irish whiskey & chocolate bread pudding


 
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i am sitting at my desk eating spoonfuls of chocolate peanut butter as i attempt to write this post
as joy would say - real life
what was that, you ask is there anything better than eating peanut butter by the spoonful?
 
why yes, yes indeed there is
chocolate, booze & bread
baked in a custardy filling and topped with brown sugar and baked again until just caramelized
 
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on Monday i told you about our st patty's day potluck we are so lucky to be attending
and guess whose bringing dessert ?
 
if you guessed me 10 points!
you all are such good guessers
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the first time i ever had bread pudding was 2 years ago, about 6 months before becoming a vegan. for some reason the name bread pudding never appealed to me - so i never tried it. the power of a name - it kept me from trying the most amazing dessert ever.
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day old bread toasted, is combined with Irish whiskey, cheesecake filling & chocolate chunks. after the bulk of the baking is done, the final dish is sprinkled with brown sugar and baked a bit longer until the sugar begins to caramelize - so amazingly good.
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mimi creme is absolutely amazing. i have heard so much about it but never used it before. I remembered seeing it on the bottom shelf at sunflower a while back, I stopped in and they still had a few cartons in stock, specifically for whipped cream. Oh WOW this stuff is really amazing, the others weren't lying - easy vegan whipped cream, and that little carton sure made a lot...Justin kept asking my why I made so much whipped cream - yeah, I had no idea that little carton would whip up so much!
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i think the only thing that makes this bread pudding Irish, is the Irish whiskey
regardless, it still tastes good

 

 

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i mentioned to Justin that i was making bread pudding and he immediately turned his nose up at it. I am not sure why exactly, but his tune quickly changed when he came home from work to find this bread pudding on the counter waiting for his arrival. after he finished his late lunch he dug right into dessert - in between mouthfuls he then decided to ask me what he was eating -
bread pudding i answered him....this is bread pudding, it is so good!
me: see i told you so, pretty good huh?
 
so if you have a half loaf of day old bread i strongly encourage you to make this bread pudding!
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Irish Whiskey & Chocolate Bread Pudding
serves 12

you will need:
1 loaf of day old bread : about 12 cups cubed & toasted
1 - 14oz package silken tofu
2 - 8oz packages tofutti cream cheese - better than cream cheese
2/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup apple cider (not vinegar, real apple cider)
2 tsp vanilla
2 tsp cornstarch
1 cup vegan chocolate chips
1 cup brown sugar divided (1/2 cup for filling & 1/2 cup for topping)
1/2 cup Jameson Irish Whiskey
1 cup vegan creamer
1 tsp butter

mimi creme for whipped cream topping or other vegan whipped cream
vegan vanilla ice cream (optional)

assembly:
pre heat the oven to 350*
cube bread into 1/2 - 1 inch cubes
spread onto a rimmed baking sheet and toast for 15 minutes, turning cubes about half way though or until golden brown
remove from oven and set aside

in a food processor or using an immersion blender (use a medium bowl), process silken tofu and cream cheese for about a minute
add sugar & process until smooth 3-5 minutes
in a small bowl combine apple cider & 2 tsp vanilla with cornstarch, whisk until smooth and cornstarch has dissolved
pour apple cider mixture into food processor or bowl, process until very smooth

in a large sauce pot combine 1/2 cup brown sugar, whiskey & cream cheese mixture cook over medium heat for about 3 minutes
turn off heat and add bread, vegan creamer & chocolate chips stirring until cubes are well coated - transfer to a buttered baking dish

bake at 350* for 35 minutes until bubbly - sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup of brown sugar and bake an additional 10 minutes

remove from oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes prior to serving
serve warm topped with vegan whipped cream or vanilla ice cream

enjoy!


 

23 comments:

  1. You keep mixing booze and dessert, which totally makes you my hero :)

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    1. LOL I noticed that too whie I was typing this post up.....alcohol and I rarely mix well anymore these days so I must be compensating by getting my liquor in my baked goods :)

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  2. i only had bread pudding once, right before going vegan, too! and i remember it was amazingly delicious! i think i need to make this ;)

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  3. Oooh, I was just thinking about bread pudding last night! While eating spoonfulls of peanut butter, no less... kind of eerie, isn't it?
    I've never tried vegan whipped cream before, either... I'll have to keep my eye out in the stores, though. Thanks for the tip!

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    1. We are so on the same wavelength - ganache filled cupcakes, peanut butter by the spoonful, bread pudding; are you my long lost twin?

      Vegan Whipped Cream is the best thing to ever happen; so amazing!

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  4. i dont think i liked bread pudding when i tried some before going vegan.. most desserts end up being tooo sweet for me.. i think that pudding had lots of condensed milk.. god awful sweetness, but i am liking this whiskey chocolate and creamy pudding.. and if i make it.. i can control the sweet!

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    1. you can definitely adjust the sweetness to your taste; i bet this would work well with your Glutem Free Bread!

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  5. I am a sucker for a good bread pudding and would die with happiness if you served yours to me - what a beauty of a dessert gone breakfast :D
    And perfectly festive!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru
    http://gobakeyourself.wordpress.com

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    1. Thanks Uru; only you would eat this for breakfast :)

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  6. Oh my goodness, that sounds soo delicious! I know what you mean about the name - I always thought that bread pudding meant soggy or mushy bread so I never tried it. Then my sister made a banana bread pudding once that was really good, so I should give it another chance!

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    1. Same here, it sounded kinda like an old lady dessert to be honest; but one bite and I was in heaven- I pretty much inhaled it the first time if had it - I gave my Dad some to take home so I wouldn't be tempted to eat the entire pan's worth!

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  7. Did anyone else see how BEAUTIFUL that loaf of bread looks on its own??? Goodness, it looks heavenly, especially with the chocolate, alcohol and cream. And speaking of which, hasn't MimiCreme just changed your life? Or is that just me :) Man, I am right there with you on how awesome it is!

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    1. MimiCreme is absolutely LIFE Changing- so GOOD, show do they do it- I mean did you see the ingredients? I think that should be your next challenge- recreate MimiCreme at home!

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    2. Ooooooo, that is a great idea!!

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  8. Thanks for this recipe! I have never made bread pudding without eggs.. will give this a try!

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    1. You are welcome! What types of bread pudding do you make? I have only ever made this one (a couple different variations) I would love to expand My bread pudding recipe collection :)

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  9. What a great idea. different from the bread pudding i've made. thank you for your great recipes I bring home !

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    1. Thank you Lysa for being such a loyal reader; I love reading your comments, you always say the nicest things!

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  10. Yummm. Whiskey and chocolate...that's definitely my kind of dessert! Looks great!

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    1. Talking about YUM - your Pop Tart post was amazing!

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