Some things are really hard to photograph. Bread pudding is one of them. It just looks like a mushy, lumpy mess. But let me tell you -- this is the best tasting mushy, lumpy mess I have ever tasted. This is Dorie Greenspan's Four Star Chocolate Bread Pudding, which I made with an LA specialty, pretzel challah. Pretzel challah is challah on the inside, but with a soft-pretzel crust on the outside. Yummy.
Every week, my son's preschool has a fundraiser where you can buy a challah for Shabbat. Since we love challah and we want to support the school, we signed up. However, it has meant that our freezer often gets super full of challah because we don't always have Shabbat dinner at home. This bread pudding came about because I simply could not fit another challah in the freezer and I'm so glad I made it. It takes about 10 minutes to throw together (if you don't count the time waiting for the bread to become stale) and the only complicated thing about it is that it is baked in a water bath, so you need a pan big enough to hold a 9x13 inch pan.
This was completely delicious and decadent I loved the combination of the slightly salty pretzel challah with the sweet and chocolatey pudding. It was a real treat. If you find yourself with an extra pretzel challah, I highly recommend making this, although I assume it would be delicious with any kind of bread. You can find the recipe here.