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12 December 2010 @ 11:58 pm
Advent-ures in cooking  
I accidentally invented the evilest pudding in the world. Should you wish to feel your arteries seize up, and have your friends thank you even as they clutch at their hearts, here is the recipe.

1 loaf brioche
1 tub chocolate spread (the proper stuff, not Nutella, Belgian for preference)
At least 100g chunks of dark/bittersweet chocolate (more is fine, whatever you have)
300mL cream
450mL whole milk
vanilla pod, split, or 2tsp vanilla extract
6 eggs
85g caster sugar

1. Preheat the oven to 175° C. You can butter your pudding dish at this point, but I never bother. You want a dish that is deep-sided and at least 6-8 cups in volume. Find a larger baking dish that you can sit the first one into, pour water into the outer dish until it comes halfway up the sides of the small, inner dish
2. Pull apart the brioche into medium-sized pieces and slather them merrily with chocolate spread. Cover the base of the inner dish with the brioche pieces and scatter chocolate chunks over and between the pieces.
3. In a 2L saucepan, heat the milk and cream together, with the vanilla. At the same time, beat the eggs and sugar together in a large bowl until the sugar is dissolved. When the milk starts to bubble, remove the vanilla pod if used (you can give it a v quick rinse, pat it dry and pop it into your sugar jar for delicious flavoured sugar if you like). Pour a small amount of milk into the egg mixture and beat in. Add milk to egg little by little, beating after each addition, until it's all in the bowl, then pour back into the saucepan and stir constantly until it heats through. You don't need to thicken this custard mix, just warm up the eggs.
4. Pour the custard mix over the brioche pieces. Squish the brioche down into the custard, helping it to soak into the bread. Pop the two dishes into the oven, on an oven tray if you would like for easier handling. Bake for 45 minutes. Serve hot, or cold, with cream or ice cream if you really and truly hate your arteries. Mmmmmmmm ...
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scabbyfishscabbyfish on December 12th, 2010 01:19 pm (UTC)
Auuuuugh that sounds GOOD!
blamebramptonblamebrampton on December 12th, 2010 01:23 pm (UTC)
It's amazing ... though I may die of fat now ...
scabbyfishscabbyfish on December 12th, 2010 01:31 pm (UTC)
But what a way to go! :D
blamebramptonblamebrampton on December 12th, 2010 01:32 pm (UTC)
I might need some Pilates now ...
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blamebramptonblamebrampton on December 12th, 2010 01:24 pm (UTC)
It is cold enough where you are to justify the calories -- if you then go and walk a few miles ;-)
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blamebramptonblamebrampton on December 12th, 2010 01:32 pm (UTC)
We used organic everything -- it makes it better for the earth, but no better for your arteries ;-)
maevemistmaevemist on December 12th, 2010 01:25 pm (UTC)
Were you attempting to make a chocolate bread and butter pudding, only posher? That is what this sounds like and I would like some for my tea tomorrow night. Please and thank you Ms Brammers.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on December 12th, 2010 01:29 pm (UTC)
It was a case of 'Hmmm ... this spread needs to be used up this week and I have had it for two months and used 1/20th of the jar ... Let's see, there's slightly stale brioche, eggs, milk, vanilla ... grab some cream and chocolate and we have a party!'

I have half a pud left, if you can get here by tomorrow night.
ex_oddishly on December 12th, 2010 02:05 pm (UTC)
Oooh, WANT.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on December 12th, 2010 02:06 pm (UTC)
Come over! I have half one left!
ex_oddishly on December 12th, 2010 02:07 pm (UTC)
Be right there! :)
blamebramptonblamebrampton on December 12th, 2010 02:08 pm (UTC)
I'll clean the spare room! It's very warm, bring shorts!
down the hills and round the bendsnorton_gale on December 12th, 2010 02:23 pm (UTC)
Emailed that to myself, labeled under recipes and desserts for quick finding... now to wait a few years so I can share it with the babies, as poor lactose-intolerant G could't touch it. Although there is probably an eeevil vegan way to hack the recipe!

blamebramptonblamebrampton on December 12th, 2010 02:28 pm (UTC)
Ooh, if you find a good vegan cream substitute, let me know! And if G does any animal products and is just doomed by lactose intolerance, Lacteeze is his friend ;-)
bonfoi: calvinbonfoi on December 12th, 2010 03:24 pm (UTC)
What exactly is "proper" chocolate spread?

And, just so you know, I felt an artery almost seize up as I read through the recipe. *lol*
blamebramptonblamebrampton on December 12th, 2010 03:31 pm (UTC)
It's the old-fashioned sort which is basically cocoa and fat and a bit of sugar, but none of your namby pamby other flavourings like hazelnuts or almonds or similar. Desperately bad for you, but really yummy. I used to bewail its lack of availability in Australia, and friends would point me towards Nutella, which is like complaining that you can no longer have sex with Alexander Skarsgard and someone offering you a cucumber.

However, I recently found a brand from Belgium that tastes just like the ones of mu childhood! Now if I can just find someone who imports Pims Lu biscuits here, the chocolate mousse for preference, but I would settle for the raspberry, my future as a chocaholic will be happily secured!
bonfoibonfoi on December 12th, 2010 03:49 pm (UTC)
Okay. I may have to make my own. Our part of the US Midwest has lots of Nutella, but not much else.
Sometimes You Get Marshmallows: foodflorahart on December 12th, 2010 07:27 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I have nothing similar to that out here, either.
Holly: OMGFLAIL!!1!hollyxu on December 12th, 2010 03:54 pm (UTC)
I am only able to resist making this because I have an exam in metabolic biochem and reviewing the fats section has possible scarred me for life.

NNNNNNGN CHOCOLATE + CREAM.
Shezanshezan on December 12th, 2010 05:30 pm (UTC)
Just reading the LIST OF INGREDIENTS I gained a pound!
queen_bellatrix on December 12th, 2010 06:03 pm (UTC)
Omg.. that sounds absolutely scrumptious; thanks for passing along your wizzardry. I think I'll be trying this for dessert at solstice dinner.
Dedicated Escape Artist: Coffee Timejadzialove on December 12th, 2010 06:33 pm (UTC)
Accidental pudding is really the best kind. *will not be making this concoction, but will think of it wistfully from time to time*
anna_wing on December 13th, 2010 05:38 am (UTC)
My. That sounds truly amazing and I will make a note of it. I think it could also stand chunks of candied orange peel mixed with the chocolate spread.
shu_shu_sleepsshu_shu_sleeps on December 13th, 2010 06:34 am (UTC)
Well yum! Chocolate briche pudding. Sometime when it doesn't matter how violently ill I will be afterwards, I may have to make this for some friends and try just a teeny tiny bit myself :)
nahimanaemerald_dragon8 on December 16th, 2010 12:51 pm (UTC)
Yum, that sounds so good! If only I had the ingredients/wasn't about to go to bed because really I should be sleeping so I don't fall asleep at the dentist tomorrow...

May have to make a stop at the shops tomorrow...
drgaellon on December 21st, 2010 11:12 pm (UTC)