Chocolate bread pudding

  (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)


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