This seasonal chocolate and fig bread pudding is a no-fuss yet delicious dessert idea for the holidays.
Yield:12-16 servings 1x
1 cup dried figs, chopped
1/2 cup orange juice
4 ounces dark chocolate, divided
3 1/4 cups low-fat milk, divided
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa
1/3 cup maple syrup
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon salt
14 ounces Challah bread, torn or cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
Whipped cream, optional
Chocolate syrup, optional
In a large bowl, mix together figs and orange juice. Let sit for 15 minutes.
In a medium saucepan over medium-low heat, add 2 ounces dark chocolate and ½ cup milk. Whisk frequently until chocolate is melted. Whisk in unsweetened cocoa and maple syrup. Heat for a few minutes and then remove from stove. Cool slightly.
In a separate bowl, whisk together remaining 2¾ cups milk, eggs, cinnamon, vanilla extract and salt. Whisk in chocolate sauce.
Add bread to bowl with soaked figs. Break or chop the remaining 2 ounces of chocolate into ½-inch pieces and add to bread. Toss together with hands.
Pour chocolate egg sauce over bread mixture and let soak for 10 minutes.
Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
Coat a 9×13-inch baking pan with cooking spray. Carefully pour bread pudding into pan and bake for about 40 minutes or until pudding has a Jell-O like consistency. Remove from oven and let sit for about 20 minutes (it will continue to cook and gel.) Serve warm with whipped cream and/or chocolate syrup, if desired.