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Cooking Day

December 21, 2009

I cooked for 6 hours today. My feet are killing me and my belly is super full and happy.
Thank you Mrs. Paula Deen for your wonderful chocolate bread pudding recipe. I am not big on sweets but this recipe is just rockin. Serve a la mode and enjoy!
Prep Time: 10 min
Inactive Prep Time: 20 min
Cook Time: 1 hr 0 min
Level: Easy
Serves: 10 to 12 servings
Ingredients
1-pound loaf French or Italian bread, cut into cubes (about 15 cups)
3 cups milk
1/4 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup coffee-flavored liqueur
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoons pure almond extract
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
6 large eggs, lightly beaten
8 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
Directions
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
Lightly grease a 13 by 9-inch baking dish. Place the bread in the baking dish.
In a large bowl, whisk together the milk, cream, and liqueur.
In another bowl, combine the granulated and brown sugars with the cocoa powder and mix well. Add this to the milk mixture and whisk to combine.
Add the vanilla and almond extracts and the cinnamon to the beaten eggs. Combine the egg mixture with the milk mixture and mix well. Stir in chocolate chips. Pour the mixture evenly over the bread cubes; let stand, stirring occasionally, for at least 20 minutes, or until the bread has absorbed most of the milk mixture. Bake the pudding for 1 hour, or until set; a knife inserted into the center of the pudding should come out clean. Serving the pudding warm, or refrigerate it and serve chilled.
Serve it warm or cold, with whipped cream or a dessert sauce.
I wanted the rolls for Christmas to be special and so I tried to make them homemade. I put a lot of time and effort into these rolls and then, of course, I burnt them. They are very pretty and I am happy with them but they will not work for Christmas. I wont be sharing this recipe because its just not that fantastic. A for effort though. Summer did not mind that the rolls were burnt. She was so dang cute so I had to give her a taste even though I know it only reinforces bad behavior.

During my 6 hour cooking spree I also made Grandmas recipe for Twice Baked Potatoes, a batch of Lentil soup and a batch of Peanut-Butter Fudge. I still have a ton of cooking to do before Christmas and I am already tired.

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