No. 1 : Quick Recipe
Chocolatey Rich Bread Pudding
- 2 oz. Bittersweet Chocolate (70% or higher)
- 1 Cup Half and Half, divided
- 1 Tbsp Whiskey or Bourbon (optional)
- 2/3 Cup Sugar
- 1 Large Egg
- 1 tsp Vanilla
- ¼ tsp Sea Salt
- 6 Slices Bread, crusts removed, day old and cut into small cubes (brioche or a very rich eggy bread will be best)
- ¼ Cup Coarsely Chopped Oregon Hazelnuts and 1 Tbsp Powdered Sugar for Topping
Preheat the oven to 350F. Melt the chocolate in the microwave or over very low heat on the stove top. Stir in ½ Cup of half and half and the whiskey if using and set aside.
To make the custard, whisk the sugar, remaining half and half, egg, vanilla and salt together. In a large bowl. Stir in the chocolate mixture, making sure to incorporate it well and then add the bread cubes. Toss to coat and let stand for 15 minutes to allow the bread to absorb the custard.
Spoon into individual well-greased ramekins and place in the oven. Bake for about 20 minutes or until the pudding is set. Remove and when slightly cool, sprinkle with powdered sugar and chopped hazelnuts.
No. 2 : Kitchen Scoop
This recipe is great example of creating flavor with textures. The creamy chocolatey pudding is topped with toasted nuts and a sprinkle of powdered sugar which adds interest and a lively crunch to each bite.
No. 3 : Get Creative
Do you call them Hazelnuts or Filberts? Even though these extraordinary nuts are from Oregon, The name is of French origin, and filbert trees were likely first introduced into Oregon by early French settlers. No matter the name, heart healthy hazelnuts are nutritious and delicious, bringing vitamin E, copper and manganese to the table.
Niepoort Ruby Port
This port has a beautiful dark ruby color and a fresh bright aroma of dark fruits with flavors to match. Made from a blend of grapes, port gets its “kick” of alcohol from the addition of grape spirit, (or brandy), to the wine at some point during the production process. Ruby port is an affordable young wine that needs no aging – and a perfect partner for chocolate desserts.