September 22 was National White Chocolate Day. Naturally, I missed it. If I’d been on top my National Food Holidays, I would have recommended this recipe for White Chocolate Challah Bread Pudding. It’s one of favorites, and I don’t particularly love white chocolate or bread pudding. The challah and the custard make this taste more like a tres leches cake than a typical bread pudding. This is from The Figs Table.
Here’s a link to the recipe on Global Gourmet. For convenience, I’ve pasted it below as well. The raspberry sauce recipe is one I put together myself.
1 (10 oz) bag frozen raspberries
1/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons cornstarch
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
Optional: 2 tablespoon raspberry liqueur
Place raspberries in a saucepan and cook on low until they are thawed. Skip this step if you are using fresh raspberries. Add sugar to saucepan and turn heat to medium. In a separate bowl, stir together water and cornstarch. Pour over raspberries and stir mixture until it beings to boil, thicken and clear. Remove from heat. Place a sieve over a bowl and pour berry sauce through sieve, pressing so that the sauce goes into the bowl and the seeds stay behind. Stir lemon juice intro strained raspberry sauce. If you have some raspberry liqueur, add it - this is a great addition, but not necessary.
If you have a squeeze/squirt bottle or one of those red ketchup squirt bottles, you can pour your sauce into it and decorate the plate!
<strong>My Recipe Notes</strong>
1) The main issue was there was a little two much liquid for my standard 8 inch square metal pan. By carefully pressing down the bread and pouring the cream mixture on slowly, I was able to get all but about ¾ cup in. I don't recommend scaling this recipe at all because in this case, you really do need a lot of the cream mixture to get the proper result and it's better to have too much than not enough. Just pour the mixture carefully and let the bread kind of soak it up. It should come up almost to the top of the pan, at which point you'll be putting the foil on it. Also, you might be tempted to use an 8 inch glad pyrex dish. It might be better to stick with metal for now since the glass and metal conduct heat differently. You could use a glass dish, but you'd have to adjust the times.
2) If you have a high quality vanilla around, this is a good recipe for it!
3) I used Baker's White Chocolate Squares. If you feel like spending more, you can try it with something more expensive. For my first try, the Baker's worked beautifully and unless there was a fire sale on white chocolate, I'd stick with Baker's. I'm just not so sure using anything more expensive would be worth it since you are just melting it all into a dessert. I don't think I'd use white chips, though.
4) I served it with raspberry sauce and a few whole raspberries and my husband said the raspberries "made the dish". While a caramel sauce would be good too, the raspberries cut the richness a bit.
5) Since this dish is pretty rich, you might consider cutting pieces a bit smaller. I actually got about 12 servings rather than 6. Then again, who am I to tell you how big your dessert should be!