Saturday night I attended a game party at my dear friend Lemur’s house. You haven’t lived until you’ve seen the normally reserved Coyote act out the charade for the movie “Showgirls” (Who knew a tower fan could serve as a stripper pole?) or the vivacious Notes be mortified over her selection of “My Humps.” Good times.
Such good times that I was a bit too hung over on Sunday to make my TWD recipe. Thus, last night, after a muddy ten mile hike in the woods with Lemur and Secret Server, I made a batch of crescent rolls, cooled them, stale-i-fied them in the oven, then reassembled them as a half batch of chocolate bread pudding.
It was deja vu all over again, after last week’s creation and destruction of amaretti cookies.
I’m actually not a total procrastinator, and knowing that brioche or challah would be difficult to find in my bourgeois middle-America locale, I attempted to bake my own. With poor results, due to overmixing of the dough and the wrong type of flour. (Trust me, bread flour, which produces a chewier texture IS NOT a good choice for making brioche.)
Thus I was reduced to using the generic low fat crescent rolls I had in the fridge for a generic low fat crescent roll emergency. Luckily, they really worked out well. I also subbed in half-and-half for the milk and heavy cream, as I was too hung over busy to grocery shop over the weekend.
The end result was really rich and chocolatey; perfect comfort food after a day outside in the damp and rain. (Of course, I’m sure the calories in the dessert more than made up for the calories burned on my hike!)
If you’d like to go on a hike, I’d recommend Starved Rock State Park.
If you’d like to make delicious bread pudding, please check out Dorie’s recipe at Lauren’s blog “A Baking Blog AKA Upper East Side Chronicle”.