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Happy Valentine's Day!

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Happy Valentine's Day! Any special plans? I will be working just like any other Thursday - life goes on! But I just wanted to share this super simple and delicious recipe for chocolate bread pudding that I tried right here from the King's Hawaiian website. If you're at your wit's end looking for a last-minute way to impress your honey, this go-to recipe will win him or her over! I cut the recipe from the website in half - making 3 individual servings. Hmmm, you, your sweetheart...and a friend? Or all three for you? I won't judge! You will need:

 

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Chocolate Bread Pudding (from King's Hawaiian website)

  • 1 1/4 cup half-and-half
  • 1/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/8 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • pinch of salt
  • 4 ounces of King's Hawaiian Original Hawaiian Sweet Bread (I used 3 King's Hawaiian hot dog buns), cut into 1-inch pieces

1. Heat half-and-half in 2-qt saucepan over medium heat until small bubbles form around edge. Remove from heat, stir in chocolate, mix until melted. Cool slightly.

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2. Whisk together eggs, sugar, vanilla and salt.

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3. Fold 1/2 cup cooled chocolate into egg mixture. Slowly add the rest of the chocolate, taking care not to cook the eggs!

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4. Pour chocolate mixture over bread cubes and mix until bread is well coated. Cover and let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes.

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5. Preheat oven to 325° F. Lightly apply non-stick spray to three 6-oz custard cups. Mound bread equally into each cup. Place cups on baking sheet. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until knife inserted in center comes out nearly clean.

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These individual bread puddings puff up nicely from the egg and make a lovely presentation - slice some fruit for garnish or top with whipped cream to finish it off. I'd also recommend using your finest, richest chocolate - it makes a big difference! Give this recipe a try and let me know what you think! Enjoy!

What are your Valentine's Day plans?