I had tried bread pudding before and was not impressed. But I have liked 99% of Dorie Greenspan’s recipes in Baking from My Home to Yours so I thought if anyone could make it well, it would be her. Well, the opportunity for me to make it arose when I had leftover bread from White Loaves Redo and thought this recipe would be a perfect use for it.
The night before I sliced the loaf and left it on the counter to become stale. The next morning I got to work making the recipe. My daughter L helped.
Everything went together easily. I used dried cherries. The kids enjoyed licking the beaters (always my favorite part).
We ate it later that night at a family dinner. It looked good.
But it actually did not taste as good as I was hoping it would. I was expecting a wetter pudding, like rice pudding. Instead, it was a firm pudding, more like a kugel. It did have a chocolate taste, which I liked. I encouraged my dinner guests to heat their piece in the microwave briefly to make it softer and juicier. That made a positive difference in the taste. I am glad I made the recipe because I got to make a custard for the first time.