Ringing in the New Year for many people has become a ritual and preparing to do so, whether it be going to the glitziest parties of the year to celebrate or being at home with loved ones, we toast to our accomplishments of the past year and aspire to fulfill new resolutions for the upcoming one. We give thanks and remind each other of the gift of life, the people we love, the things we have, gained, and lost. But even in the midst of everything we do to celebrate from buying dresses and renting tuxedoes or putting on the most comfortable pajamas to lounge at home in, the one thing that always binds people together during this time is food. Food has always been the focus and pregame essential as we gather, talk and catch up while indulging in champagne, and laugh at past time memories while making new ones. Finger foods to a planned out feast, a favorite that never seems to be left out is the eclectic spread of decadent desserts.
One of my favorite things is seeing all the different types of desserts arranged with festive colors, sprinkled with powdered sugar and all the other gooey goodness our tummies cannot wait to consume. From fruit tarts, chocolate silk pie, baklava, strawberry cheesecake, chocolate Reese’s peanut butter cupcakes, and champagne sorbet, we always seem to find a little extra space to squeeze in dessert even if our pants are telling us we can’t. Occasionally, we get so preoccupied in preparing main dishes to small finger foods, that we opt out and order a pie from somewhere or serve store bought cookies to make up our dessert spread. Nevertheless, home-made desserts have always been a favorite with my family, so this article that features a delectable recipe will hopefully inspire you to try something new and delicious.
Taken from Chef Alaine Manalang, her Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding has been a family and friends favorite for years. With precision and her knack of knowing how to make food and dessert her own works of art, this dessert is not only a favorite, but it’s density, flavor, and wholesome guilty goodness is what keeps people asking for more. Easy to make and even easier to devour, Chef Manalang takes a simple recipe and makes it her own, something she prepares for only days in advance at the request of family, friends, and co-workers. This year, she prepared to deliver 10 rounds of her specialty dessert. Below you’ll find recipes to make one 9 x 13 pan and another to make 10-2 lb. pie pans if you wish to make your delivery rounds as well. I hope that you not only enjoy making this by yourself or with others, but that this personal recipe that is being shared with you brings smiles to your faces and ultimate gratification to your tummies as you ring in 2012 with style. Enjoy!!!
CHEF MANALANG’S CHOCOLATE CHIP BREAD PUDDING (9 x 13 pan)
Cook Time: 40-45 minutes
1-16 oz. sweet rolls (Pan de Leche or King’s Hawaiian Sweet Rolls)
1- 12 oz. semi-sweet or milk chocolate chips
1 cup of sugar, plus a little extra for dusting pan
3 cups heavy cream
1 tsp. vanilla extract
Whole butter, unsalted for 9 x 13 baking pan
Follow directions below.
CHEF MANALANG’S CHOCOLATE CHIP BREAD PUDDING (10- 2 lb. pie pans)
Cook Time: 40-45 minutes
6- 16 oz. sweet rolls (Pan de Leche or King’s Hawaiian Sweet Rolls)
2- 12 oz. semi-sweet or milk chocolate chips
3 cups sugar, plus a little extra for dusting pie pans
2 ½ qt. heavy cream
2 Tbsp. vanilla extract
Whole butter, unsalted for pie pans
Preheat oven to 350 degree Fahrenheit.
Cube bread and set aside.
In a separate bowl, whip eggs and sugar together. Add vanilla.
Add cream and whip again until well-incorporated.
Add bread to mixture and fold together until the bread has soaked all the liquid. Add chocolate chips. Fold in until well-incorporated and set aside.
Brush pan with butter and sprinkle with sugar. (This will give a yummy crust to the finished product and it will prevent it from sticking to the pan.)
For 9 x 13 pan, pour mixture until evenly set.
For each 2 1b. pie pan, pour 2 cups per pie tin until evenly set.
Bake for 40-45 min or until the middle of the pie pan is firm.
Serve warm. Dust with powdered sugar and serve with your favorite dessert sauce like chocolate or caramel sauce, whipped cream, or vanilla ice cream. Serve with all 3 at your discretion!
To make this recipe more festive, replace chocolate chips with dried cranberries and chopped walnuts.