` Joanna Gaines recipe for this delicious bread pudding from the ‘Magnolia Table Cookbook’ is decadent, tasty, beautiful and an absolute keeper! Chocolate and Orange are a classic flavor combination that people either love or hate, and while I am not always the biggest fan of it, this is a whole different story. Thankfully it doesn’t at all remind me of one of those golden wrapped chocolate oranges that one of my family friends used to always give at Christmas. Maybe you loved those, and I checked, they do still make them, but they aren’t quite my cup of tea.
The real key to how great this will be is all in the quality of your chocolate. I purchased my favorite Ghirardelli chocolate chips in milk and some dark chocolate chunks. I know the recipe calls for bittersweet chocolate, but I wanted to combine these two to get that bittersweet end result, and everyone loved it! I made this for some family that we had in town for spring break and it disappeared right into thin air!
I don’t really have any tips for you on the bread pudding itself, it actually turns out great. A nice tender middle and a crisp outer edge, just the way it should be. The issue I had was with the candied pecans that follow on the next page and Jo calls for to garnish with. I have made them a few times, to use for this recipe and just to snack on. They are really yummy, but I don’t know if it is the recipe or if I am doing something wrong, but each time I have made them the candied coating splits and falls off as it finishes cooking. I have followed the cooking instructions exactly, even setting a timer to make sure that I cook them long enough. So I’m not really sure what’s happening. If you have any insights for me I would love it if you would leave me a comment below. I would like to get them right, but maybe that is just the way they are supposed to be?
Drop me a note and let me know if you have had the same issues or if you have had success and might have some tips to share with me. Besides that, we really loved this recipe and I think it is something you could even use as a base recipe and flavor it up any way you could imagine. I’d love to hear what you come up with.
Until next time, happy cooking!
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These Rösle Silicone Tongs are a little pricey but they will last you the rest of your life and are the most soft in your hand. This is important for someone like m that cooks so much. It reduces strain, I have 4 sets in my kitchen! ?
These are my FAV Nordic Ware Sheet Pans, every kitchen should have at least 2 sets of these! I think I have at least 4 of each of these. ?
This is my favorite pressure cooker, the Fagor is the same concept as the “Instant Pot” but easier to use in my opinion, if you don’t have one you NEED one, it will be your best friend in the kitchen!
A sharp knife is the most important tool in the kitchen, these Japanese steel “Shun” knives are my favorite! And this is a great starter set to build on. Once you try them you will be in love so use this as a foundation you can build on for years to come.
This Scanpan 11″ skillet is just the right size for almost anything you will need to cook and my best friend and a real workhorse in my kitchen, it’s also a great deal at $99. Scanpan is the best in the world for healthy cooking. It is coated with a proprietary ceramic titanium coating that is durable while allowing you to use fewer fats and oils when cooking. It is a coating only they use. I could talk all day about my love for these pans, message me if you want more info. Here are some other sizes that are available if you are looking to outfit your kitchen with some new goodies. 8″ & 10″ Skillet setor 8″ Skillet, I still need this one for my kitchen ? Also, I don’t really know how to cook small so the 12.5″ is my other fave!
This Tovolo jar scraper has to be my single favorite kitchen tool, it is definitely the most used tool in my kitchen. If you are NOT a gadget person, this is the only necessity I say is a MUST beyond the wooden spoon.
A great wood spoon is essential, this Olive Wood one is my favorite, I have more than I can count. ? But can you really ever have too many?
A food scale can be a very important tool in your kitchen, this one is the one I use every day!
If you love Joanna Gaines as much as I do then the ‘Magnolia Table Cookbook’ is a must in your kitchen, get a copy HERE!
Check out this great product for your mason jar, the Ergo Spout lets you turn any jar into a pourable pitcher. Get yours here! I love making my homemade salad dressing and keeping them this way in the refrigerator.