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Chocolate Bread Pudding with Lemon Mousse Topping

This unusual treat is two desserts in one, because the chocolate bread pudding is topped with a fluffy lemon mousse. Chocolate bread pudding is a popular dessert, which is enjoyed in Belgian and French cooking, all over Puerto Rico, Mexico, Argentina, and the UK, as well as throughout the southern United States. It also features in Louisiana Creole cuisine. This indulgent dessert is not difficult to make at all.

It is important to let the bread pudding rest before you bake it, and this is to ensure the gooey chocolate sauce is able to penetrate through most of the bread layers. You can make the gelatin mousse while you leave it to sit or while it is baking. The light, fragrant citrus mousse sits on top of the rich, mouthwatering chocolate bread pudding and the contrast between the two is great; it is nearly like having two desserts instead of one!

Maybe you are fond of chocolate and have tried a chocolate meringue buttercream recipe or chocolate meringue frosting recipes before. If so, you are sure to enjoy this chocolate bread pudding recipe with its lemon mousse topping.

Lemon Mousse Topped Chocolate Bread Pudding
Cuisine: American
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves or Makes: 8
Prep time: 
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  • 18 slices bread, no crusts
  • 15 fl oz heavy cream
  • 11 ¾ fl oz milk
  • 3 ½ oz plus 1 cup white sugar
  • 3 eggs plus 3 egg yolks
  • 3 ½ oz finely chopped chocolate
  • 7 oz roughly chopped chocolate
  • Salt
For the Mousse Topping:
  • 8 oz thawed Cool Whip
  • 2 ¼ cups boiling water
  • 6 oz package lemon gelatin
  • 6 oz thawed lemonade
  1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F. Cut the bread slices into quarters and arrange them in a greased dish.
  2. Heat the milk and cream in a pan over a moderate heat, then add the 3 ½ oz chocolate and a pinch of salt.
  3. Bring the mixture to a boil and immediately turn the heat off.
  4. Whisk the whole eggs and egg yolks with the sugar.
  5. Add a little of the hot sauce to the egg mixture and whisk again.
  6. Pour this back into the pan and whisk everything together again.
  7. Put a sieve over the bowl of bread and pour the hot chocolate sauce through it.
  8. Shake the rest of the chocolate on top and mix, trying not to break the bread slices.
  9. Let it sit for 15 minutes.
  10. Combine the gelatin, lemonade, and water and let the mixture firm up a bit in the refrigerator.
  11. Beat in the Cool Whip.
  12. Bake the bread pudding in the middle of the oven for 35 minutes or until a knife used to pierce the dessert’s center comes out clean. Let it cool.
  13. Spread the mousse over the top of the dessert and serve.

Photo Description:

As this picture shows, the combination of a rich, heavy chocolate bread pudding and a light, fluffy topping is amazing. If you have tried lemon meringue pie, you will already know that a light topping is great with a heavier base. This chocolate bread pudding recipe is very easy to make and if you have some bread to use up this is a great way to do it. You can use brioche instead of bread if you like and this would give a different, yet equally good, consistency and flavor. Why not make this fluffy gelatin dessert for dinner tonight? Your family are sure to be enchanted by it.

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