Chocolate Bread Pudding Baked in Ramekins
2 cups soft torn bread crumbs
1 1/2 cups scalded whole milk
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 egg yolks, beaten
2 ounces melted unsweetened chocolate (use a good one like Vahlrona)
1 teaspoon orange zest
1/4 cup orange juice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup chopped pecans
2 stiffly beaten egg whites
Combine bread crumbs with hot milk. In a bowl, combine sugar, egg yolks, melted chocolate, orange zest, orange juice, and salt. Fold in chopped pecans. Gently fold in the stiffly beaten egg whites. Spoon mixture into 6 buttered 6-ounce ramekins.
Place ramekins in a large baking pan on oven rack; pour very hot water around the cups to a depth of about 1 inch. Bake at 350° for 30 to 35 minutes, or until a knife inserted in center comes out clean. Serve warm with a dollop of whipped cream or creme fraiche.
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A friend served me this divine choclate treat at a time when I needed a chocolate fix...one of those moments when chocolate was required to sooth the soul.....it is the perfect size serving to sastify the need for a rich and satisfying dessert!