Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding w/ Chocolate Amaretto Sauce + Cajun Boogie

An old friend called to invite me to a surprise birthday party, for another old friend. Since it is a dinner party, I didn't mind when she asked me to bring a dessert. It was a last minute invitation, so I had to work with what I had on hand. This Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding w/ Chocolate Amaretto Sauce is divine and is so easy to make. Cest bon!


Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding w/ Chocolate Amaretto Sauce

1 loaf "day old" bread ( I used a 16 oz. loaf of honey wheat bread)
3 1/2 cups milk
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
1/2 cup butter, melted
3 eggs beaten
1 tsp. vanilla
1 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped pecans (optional)

Tear bread into bite sized pieces and place in large bowl. In large, separate bowl, combine milk, brown sugar, butter, eggs, vanilla, and chocolate chips. Mix well, and pour mixture over bread and blend gently. Pour into a buttered 9x13 baking dish and cover with foil. Bake @ 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Remove foil and continue baking for 15 minutes or until set.
Serve with warm Chocolate Amaretto Sauce.

Chocolate Amaretto Sauce

  4 (1 oz.) squares semisweet chocolate
1 tbs. butter
6 tbs.'s whipping cream
4 tbs.'s Amaretto

Combine first three ingredients in saucepan and stir and cook over low heat, until melted and smooth.
Remove from heat and stir in Amaretto. This sauce may also be made without the Amaretto, but I find that it adds a sinfully delicious flavor! Enjoy!

Cajun Boogie

One of my dear bloggie buds requested some more Cajun Boogie. Here is a little clip that I took at this year's Festival International, featuring the High Performance Band.
Let the good times roll, cher!


Mandy's Life After 30 said...

That looks INCREDIBLE! I will definitely try that soon. Was your bread "stale"?

I'm putting together a cookbook of my family's favorite recipes. Have you ever put together your own cookbook before? I'm just thinking of working on it from now until October then have some printed as gifts for family and friends for Christmas at the end of this year. Maybe I'll include one of your recipes, if that's okay? :-)

I hope you're doing well!

Eddie Bluelights said...

Gosh Marguerite, you certainly know the way into a man's heart - if I were a budgie I'd fly over right now for that Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding. Hugs ~ Eddie

JÄ°VAGO said...

Do you know dear Marguerite ,
your friends are very lucky to have a
friend like you.Chocolate food very
sweet, but what about your sweet, real friendship? You're always very
kind and sensetive, I just feel like this with my 53 years old experience.
Please excuse me, I wrote very long.

Withe my best wishes,respects,love...

Vagabonde said...

I’d love to live close to you Marguerite as I could maybe taste some of your goodies. I don’t remember when was the last time someone baked something for my birthday. I remember a friend at work baked a pound cake for me, I think it was in 2004 – so I am ready to eat another one! But I guess I’ll have to bake it myself. My oven door is not closing properly since they moved the stove to install the kitchen floor, so I have not been baking.

Joanne said...

What a sad, sad situation with that oil crisis. You're so right when you say that life as you know it will be over for a long time. I can't even fathom the quantity of oil spilling into the waters there, and hope for everyone's sake, the wildlife too, that a solution is found soon so that the damage can start to be addressed.

Trish and Rob MacGregor said...

As I read your latest news about the spill, I will also be reading your latest recipe and getting fat just on the words, the delicious promise of it all.

They're already finding tar balls in Key West. No one will go to prison for this. No one.

John said...

Real bad news with the spill, one day our love of gas and big cars has to end. Let's hope the effect on the fishing industry is not too catastrophic.

Eddie Bluelights said...

Just seen the video, Marguerite. It is heartbreaking to see how the coastline and livelihoods are being devastated.
Just my hunbke opinion but I really do think we are living in the end times and we (humamity) have messed up this planet and the sheer greed, lawlessness and cruelty of humanity is beginning to tell in a very powerful way. I really don't think it can go on much longer. There I am serious sometimes, cher, but I will always want to give you a little hug ~ Eddie x

Marguerite said...

Mandy- Thanks, hope you try it and yes, it was "day old bread". I am currently working on a cookbook, too, and I'd be honored if you included one of my recipes in your family cookbook! I'm fine, except for the oil spill... Thanks for coming by, cher!

Eddie- My mother taught me that "a way to a man's heart is through his stomach" and she was right! lol At least, every man that I've ever met! Thanks, you are a budgie! lol

Jivago- Merci beaucoup for your kind comment, cher ami! You are a wonderful friend, too, and your comments could never be too long!

Vagabonde- I wish that you lived closer, too. I would be happy to bake you a birthday cake and celebrate with you, too! Merci for stopping by, cher!

Joanne- It is so sad and I don't think that we can even begin to grasp the long term consequences of this spill. The whole country will be affected, in one way or another. Thanks, I hope so, too.

Shammickite said...

Not even being served that wonderful chocolate chip bread pudding EVERY DAY would cheer me up after reading your news about the oil spill and the closed shrimping areas. What a disaster for the whole Gulf coast.

Sniffles and Smiles said...

Temptation, thy name is Marguerite! Oh, you do make the most sinful food I've ever imagined! This looks fantastic!! Yum!

And dear Marguerite...I cry to think of the devastation of the Gulf coast...and the life you all cherish...I'm so very, very sorry. There are no words for such a tragedy. Love you, Janine XO

Velva said...

Loved the bread pudding recipe.

I heard today about the thick crude oil that has now been spotted in the Louisana marshes. Yoru marshes are so eco-sensitive. What a tragedy! I am watching the oil spill closely. Like you, I live near the gulf coast in the panhandle of Florda.

lakeviewer said...

I can eat this any time, and not just for dessert.

Marguerite said...

Trish- Thanks,I'll take that as a compliment! This bread pudding is worth the calories, cher!! I do hope that the spill doesn't end up in Florida, but nothing would surprise me. It's gushing as we speak. Thanks for stopping by!

John- It's pretty bad, but at least peoples homes are not being destroyed, like in hurricanes. You are right about that! Thanks, I'm hoping for the best, too!

Eddie- I think that there is still time to turn things around, if only more people would be willing to change, to a more "planet friendly" lifestyle. It's better to change now, than to be forced to change later. Merci beaucoup for your support and hugs!

Shammickite- Thanks so much for your sweet comment and concern. It is a disaster, and we will have to adapt to survive, just like after the hurricanes. We are hoping for the best, but preparing for the worse.

Drick said...

what a recipe - something you just whipped up with what you had - my kind of cooking girl...a real gem, you and this recipe ... seems like the wind is just not giving us a break as I see today it is inching the oil closer to everyone along the coast everyday

Lea Ann said...

Goodness...this looks WONderful. Bread pudding is just so versitile. I don't know why I've never made it and I even have a great little family recipe.

Marguerite said...

Janine- Merci for your sweet compliments, cher! This bread pudding is sinfully good and I hope that you try it. Also, thanks for your kind words, it will be a great challenge to overcome, but we will manage.

Velva- Thanks, so glad you like it! It is such a tragedy and unless they can stop it soon, I'm afraid that the entire Gulf coast and beyond will be covered in oil. It's unbelievable!

lakeviewer- Thanks for the nice compliment, cher. I really have to control myself, when I make this recipe, or I would eat the whole pan!

Drick- Merci beaucoup for your sweet comment, cher! This recipe is "to die for", especially the sauce. I could drink it! lol I know, it's a nightmare, and I am praying that ya'll will be spared.

Lea Ann- Thanks, I sure hope that you will try it. I would never steer you wrong, cher! Cest bon! Merci for stopping by!

Betsy said...

We love chocolate. We love bread pudding! This would be divine! Thanks for sharing the recipe!