Dear SOS: Ocean Avenue Seafood in Santa Monica has a delicious warm chocolate bread pudding dessert. Can you get the recipe?
Frankie Almanza, Los Angeles
Dear Frankie: This bread pudding is rich with thick, almost pudding-like custard and deep chocolate flavor. Served warm, it's pure comfort on a plate.
Warm chocolate bread pudding
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Total time: 1 1/2 hours, plus drying time for the bread
Servings: 6 to 8
Note: Adapted from Ocean Avenue Seafood
1 (1-pound) loaf brioche bread, cut into 1-inch cubes (about 10 cups)
6 1/2 ounces dark chocolate, preferably Callebeaut
2 3/4 cups heavy cream
3/4 cup whole milk
1 2/3 cups sugar
1 vanilla bean, split and scraped
10 egg yolks
Butter for greasing the loaf pan
Whipped cream, for garnish
Mint sprigs, for garnish