Dec 5

Challah: You win some, you lose some, and then you make chocolate bread pudding.

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This week I had two very specific bread cravings: one for brioche and the other for challah. I’ve made brioche before, but had never made challah, so I figured I would kill two birds with one stone by making challah–I could satisfy my bread craving and make something I’d never made before for One Good Loaf.
I found a recipe (Peter Reinhart’s) that looked good and got to work.
Everything went smoothly except for the fact that my dough was way too sticky and wet when I went to knead it and I had to add a bunch of flour. But after that, no problems. It rose beautifully, braided easily, and into the oven it went.
Halfway through the baking time I rotated the pan as the recipe directed and it was smelling and looking yummy. So far so good. Yeah, well that’s when I got distracted and just let the bread finish the rest of the time left on the timer instead of checking on it before it was done. I had even set the timer to go off 5 minutes early, just in case.
Well, it wasn’t early enough because my bread was over done. That’s twice now that I’ve done that in the period of one week people! I have got to get my brain screwed back in.
No, I’m going to blame it on the bread goblins. I’m sure they turned the temperature up on my oven or something. Surely I am not capable of over baking bread twice in one week!
Well the bread was beautiful, but as a result of being over baked it had a thicker dryer crust. I quickly determined that although we would definitely eat some of it, there was no way we were going to eat our way through the entire massive loaf of less than perfect challah.
Well I was not about to let all that work go to waste, so I decided to take advantage of having it sitting there on my countertop and turn it into something sinful and yummy. I turned to Tartelette, my source for all things sinful and yummy, and she (as always) did not disappoint. I used her recipe for Four Star Chocolate Bread Pudding (but omitted the bananas because I realized after I had already started cooking that I was out of bananas!) and it was the perfect remedy for challah gone awry.
The resulting dish was moist, creamy, chocolaty, and definitely a success. Total comfort food and a wonderful way to make sure that my hard work didn’t go to waste. I’m so impressed with myself.

Coming Sunday: Un, deux, trois et voila! Shortbread!

{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

Bob December 5, 2008 at 8:23 pm

Mmmmm, chocolate bread pudding. Looks wicked good. Heh, your challah looks better than mine did. Mine tasted great, but I can’t braid to save my life. I still posted about it though, as an object lesson. :)


Tartelette December 5, 2008 at 8:38 pm

You did a fantastic job with that braid!
It’s funny you posted that because I called my mom earlier and told her I had a terrible cold and that I needed some of her homemade brioche because I was too ill to make it myself!!


Melissa Hodgen December 5, 2008 at 9:03 pm

The bread looks incredible…just like I see in the bakery. Now I know what I’m making my sister for her birthday…she requested something chocolate and I think this will hit the spot.


Misplaced Country Girl December 5, 2008 at 9:16 pm

I like to bake bread but, I think I’m going to start screwing it up so that I can chocolate bread pudding! That looks yummy!


Tamakikat December 6, 2008 at 12:22 am

Hi there FM.

Next time I come to California your kitchen is one ‘meisho'(=famous place in Japanese) I’m going to try to visit:)



K and S December 6, 2008 at 2:24 am

looks good to me! and love how you made bread pudding with the rest :)


gleek December 6, 2008 at 9:37 am

i love chocolate bread pudding! my god, you’ve been baking a lot lately :)


Fuji Mama December 6, 2008 at 9:48 am

Bob– Posting our screw ups is good. It helps other people not make the same mistakes and reminds us that we’re human. I’m very much human. :-)

Tartelette– Thank you! Feel better! :-(

Melissa– You’re such a sweet sister!

Misplaced Country Girl, you crack me up!

Tamakikat– I am honored to have my kitchen be considered a meisho. Wow!

K and S– Thanks! :-)

Gleek– It must be the time of year, or maybe the pregnancy cravings…or probably both!


Ann December 6, 2008 at 12:11 pm

WoW, that was beautifully done. Who cares if it was a little over done. I am totally impressed.

I am taking the afternoon to read new blogs. I hope you do not mind me stopping by. Feel free to check out my blog. I am having a give-a-way that will end on Monday. Three winners! :D


Fuji Mama December 6, 2008 at 12:21 pm

Thanks Ann! I’m glad you stopped by and hope to “see” you again!


Vanessa December 6, 2008 at 2:35 pm

Oh that looks good, Never thought about chocolate bread pudding. What was I thinking! (or not thinking)


LollyChops December 6, 2008 at 2:54 pm

That does look good! I love posting about screw-ups! Hang on…do you smell that???? oh yeah FujiTartPantsFans .. that’s my cranberry almond tart cooking folks!


Melanie Gray Augustin December 7, 2008 at 6:40 pm

Why have I never tried chocolate bread pudding before?? This sounds delicious!


Dana December 7, 2008 at 7:29 pm

Ok. You must stop. Right this instant. I cannot believe, first of all, that you can make Challah look so beautifully braided. And, then think to turn it into chocolate bread pudding?? Are you kidding me?

You rock. Can I be you when I grow up?


A Print A Day December 8, 2008 at 7:23 pm

that looks absolutely wonderful!

Reply December 8, 2008 at 9:45 pm

Amazing looking challah!


Fuji Mama December 9, 2008 at 8:01 am

Dana– You crack me up! No really, the question should be, can I be YOU when I grow up?


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