chocolate bread pudding
PREP TIME 15 mins, COOK TIME 35 mins, plus soaking
1 day-old baguette
2 cups semisweet or dark chocolate chips
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups whole milk
1⁄2 cup light brown sugar
vanilla ice cream or whipped cream, to serve
1 Preheat the oven to 350ºF (180ºC). Remove the ends of the baguette and cut the bread into 1⁄2in (1cm) thick slices. Put one layer of bread in a flameproof casserole and sprinkle over some chocolate chips. Add more layers of bread, sprinkling chocolate chips between the layers as you go. Top with the remaining chips.
2 In a bowl, mix the eggs, vanilla extract, milk, and sugar. Pour the mixture over the bread and leave to soak for 10–15 minutes.
3 Put the casserole in the oven and bake for about 35 minutes, or until the liquid is absorbed and the bread is crisp. Slice and serve with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.