*  Exported from  MasterCook  *
         Chocolate Bread Pudding With Sun-Dried Cherries And Creme
 Recipe By     : Lisa-Fabfood
 Serving Size  : 1    Preparation Time :0:00
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   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
 --------  ------------  --------------------------------
      1/2  Cup           sun dried cherries
      1/3  Cup           cognac
      1/2                loaf French baguette
    8      Ounces        bittersweet chocolate
    3                    eggs
    1      Cup           Cream
      1/2  Cup           Sour Cream
      1/2  Cup           sugar
      1/4  Teaspoon      cinnamon
    1      Teaspoon      vanilla extract
    1      Cup           creme fraiche
    1      Tablespoon    powdered sugar
 1.  Soak the cherries in cognac for 1 hour.  
 2.  Preheat the oven to 350 degreesF.  Remove the crust from the baguette and
 cut center of the bread into small cubes.  Place cubed bread on a baking sheet
 and toast lightly in the oven.  
 3.  In a medium-size mixing bowl, melt the chocolate in a double boiler.  In
 another mixing bowl, mix the eggs, cream, sour cream, sugar, cinnamon and
 vanilla extract.  Pour this egg mixture into the melted chocolate and mix well
 to incorporate thoroughly.  Add the soaked cherries, cognac, and the toasted
 cubed bread.  Set the bowl aside for about two hours in order to let the bread
 absorb the mixture well. 
 4.  Preheat the oven to 325 degreesF.  Pour the mixture into six 8- to
 10-ounce ramekins.  Place the ramekins in a baking pan and add enough hot
 water to come halfway up the sides.  Cover the pan loosely with foil and bake
 until the pudding is just set, about 35 minutes.  The pudding should still be
 soft in the center when lightly shaken.  Remove from the oven.  
 5.  In a small bowl, whip the creme fraiche and powdered sugar together.
 Scoop the sweetened creme fraiche onto the pudding and serve hot.
 Posted To Fabfood September 1998~Busted With 2.0 by <melizajane@aol.com>
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