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Mar 8, 2008 06:13 AM

bread pudding

Which restaurants serve bread pudding for dessert?? Is there anywhere I can buy it?

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  1. The Jack Daniels-laced bread pudding at Mesquite is unbelievable. Served with berries and drizzled with chocolate sauce. It takes about 20 min. to make it, so we usually order it as we're finishing dinner.

    1. Had a very good bread pudding at L’Atelier last week. The rest of the meal (on a surprisingly desolate Saturday night) and service was also quite above par.

      1. Howdy!

        The Pouding chômeur at the Binerie is superlative.

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        1. re: zekesgallery

          Not sure I'd call pouding chomeur bread pudding.... isn't it usually made with a cake base? However, now you've given me even more incentive to get out to that place - I keep recommending it to people, but I've never been!

        2. Au Cinquième Péché often has some form of bread pudding on their menu, though it's rarely traditional. For example, it might incorporate speculoos (Belgian spice cookies) or endives (better than it sounds) or be topped with house-made marshmallow. That said, the current iteration -- a virtually unsweetened cranberry-studded number that's served as a counterpoint to a molasses-scented crème brûlée and a scoop of buckwheat ice cream -- is not likely to please someone seeking a classic version.

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          1. re: carswell

            Lol, I just told my German girlfriend that Speculaas are Belgian... She nearly decked me! I don't know what it is about this cookie, but the Dutch, Germans, and Belgians apparently all claim ownership.
            That said, I think a trip to au Cinquieme peche is in order. (accents not working on my keyboard for some reason...)

          2. Marche 27 on the corner of Prince Arthur and Clark has two kinds of bread pudding for dessert. One is more traditional with caramel and chocolate. The other is made with croissant and maple and is unbelievable. $3 and $4 respectively.

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            1. re: montrealwaitress

              thanks everyone!
              anyone ever make their own bread pudding?

              1. re: sharon86

                > anyone ever make their own bread pudding?

                Nope - but that would be a great question for the Home Cooking board!

                1. re: sharon86

                  Last night, I watched an episode with Patrice Demers (formerly of Le Chou, now at Laloux) on Josée di Stasio's first DVD, and he gives a very simple recipe for chocolate bread pudding and banana compote. You can find it on the À la di Stasio website.

                  1. re: sharon86

                    Yup, a couple of times. It's a great way to use up left over bread, or bread that's gone a bit stale. I can't recall any recipes off hand, but the basis of it is this:

                    1) grease pan with butter
                    2) throw in cubed bread or leave it in slices
                    3) make a custard base, using milk or cream, eggs, some butter, sugar to taste, vanilla extract, and/or spices to taste (most people put in some ground cinnamon)
                    4) optional to add: fruit of your choice
                    5) bake in the oven till done - i.e. golden brown
                    6) eat as is, or serve with a dollop of whipped cream or vanilla ice cream

                    1. re: Chai Latte

                      "Is there anywhere I can buy it?"

                      You can buy some bread pudding at Le Fournil, a bakery on Victoria Street in Westmount/NDG.

                      One caveat though, according to another chowhounder, Le Fournil has somewhat dodgy practices. If memory serves, there was a post from another mtl chowhounder that stated that Le Fournil's day old bread was more than just a day old. Also, that they used cheap, near spoiling veggies and fruits in their products. Whether this is true or not, I don't know. In the past, I use to purchase an item or two from them (Le Fournil is a bit on the pricey side), but must admit that since that post, I haven't shopped there.

                      1. re: Chai Latte

                        I wanted to say something when the original Fournil post came up. Why pay top dollar for veggies that are going to be cut up and cooked? Why not take the savings and pick through the veg and pull off the less than perfect parts. I'm sure this is more common than you'd think. It is not as though they use rancid produce.

                        1. re: eat2much

                          "Why pay top dollar for veggies that are going to be cut up and cooked?"

                          Well, the fresher the veggie, the better the taste, even if it's going to be cut up and cooked.

                          "Why not take the savings and pick through the veg and pull off the less than perfect parts. I'm sure this is more common than you'd think. It is not as though they use rancid produce."

                          I'm sure that this practice is not uncommon at all. I'm sure that even we homecooks will chop off the bad parts of a carrot and use the remainder instead of just wasting an entire carrot. As for the rancid produce, I'm guessing that Le Fournil wouldn't do that as that would definitely show up in the quality of the product. However, that said, the original poster's comments implied a lack of freshness and a lack of quality and care regarding Fournil's products. Personally, I don't want to eat - or spend my hard earned money - on bakery items that are of poor or questionable quality.

                          1. re: Chai Latte

                            Nor do I but was rather giving le Fournil the benefit of the doubt. The proof is in the product and their bakery items taste very good indeed, perhaps not the best in town but certainly not worth any sort of boycott based on one posters opinion on CH.

                            1. re: eat2much

                              YMMV, obviously.

                              As for boycotting... in the past, I've only ever eaten Le Fournil's pumpkin pie, cornbread, and brownie. The pumpkin pie was not sweet enough and on the pricey side; the cornbread was good, but I could never finish the loaf before it went stale; and the brownie was alright, but nothing that would make me go out of the way for it. Therefore, that and the original poster's comments make me avoid LF.

                              If anyone else wants to eat at LF, well obviously, that's his/her's choice.