Food isn’t always about what ends up on the plate. For me, it’s about the process of preparing that dish. It’s about the people I get to share it with, where the ingredients originated, who passed along that recipe to me or how it morphed and changed in my kitchen.
This recipe started with four failed loaves of bread I had attempted to bake. Apparently the yeast I used had become inactive, the loaves didn’t rise properly and they were extremely dense. In an attempt to salvage all those ingredients, the “failed” bread eventually transformed into two trays of decadent bread pudding – one flavored with cranberries and an orange and the other this chocolatey, coffee-infused version.