Joanne Rich’s Chocolate Bread Pudding


1¾ cups whipping cream
1⁄3 cup, plus 2 tablespoons sugar
  ¼ cup milk
3⁄4 cup semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips, plus ¼ cup additional
chocolate chips
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
About 4 cups chocolate cake, cut into 1-inch cubes

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Bring cream, 1⁄3 cup sugar, and milk to a simmer in a heavy medium saucepan, stirring until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat, add ¾ cup chocolate chips, and whisk until melted and smooth.

Whisk egg and vanilla in a large bowl to blend. Gradually whisk egg mixture into hot chocolate mixture. Cool for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Lightly butter a 1½-quart oval baking dish. Sprinkle cake cubes in dish, then pour custard over, following with the additional chocolate chips. Sprinkle ­
2 tablespoons sugar (or less) over the pudding. Bake until it thickens and center is just set, about 50 minutes. Let cool.

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