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A Penchant For Pudding

By Therese San Diego

When I’m trying to regulate my carb intake, I find that sacrificing rice is much less of a problem than skipping starchy desserts. Losing my sense of self-control would thus translate into devouring chocolate cakes, Nutella crepes, chocolate ice cream-filled mochi, buchi (red bean sesame seed rice balls, preferably chocolate-filled), and my most unassuming carb-laden favorite: bread pudding.

My first encounter with bread pudding was on a trip to Cebu. It was homemade and served so casually amid a flurry of conversations that the first bite took me by surprise. The moist, buttery consistency paired with what I remember to be a sweet, tangy and spiced vanilla sauce instantly made me melt.

My friends were stunned that I hadn’t tried it before. I don’t bake (yet!) and perhaps I just hadn’t noticed it on dessert menus, as my eyes usually just scan them until they settle on something with chocolate.

Since then, however, I would always be on the lookout for this humble but heavenly dessert. Whether it’s matched with a creamy sauce or some ice cream, every bite of bread pudding enfolds me in a blanket of comfort. I originally wanted to share my top three, but I had to squeeze in one more.

WildflourbyTSD

A doughy, chocolaty aroma wafts from this bread pudding, made fresh upon order and served right in its baking dish with a sprinkle of powdered sugar. Upon breaking through its crisp and toasty exterior, the fork meets moist, gooey goodness that makes me swoon. A drizzle of some of the vanilla sauce makes it even richer. Perhaps I’m partial to it because of the chunks of chocolate bread, but I have a feeling everything else had something to do with it, too. In any case, Wildflour’s Bread Pudding easily tops my list.

BoroughbyTSD

Borough makes Bread and Butter Pudding daily, but flavors vary; some days it’s cinnamon, on others it’s double chocolate, and if you’re really lucky, you get chocolate chip. There goes that bias again, but there’s more to this baby than its no-fail bits of milk chocolate: a large scoop of smooth vanilla ice cream sits on a slightly burnt surface, with dark brown chips melting into the bread. Underneath is a warm, spongy mixture soaking in vanilla sauce. The sweetness is just right, and so is the solo size.

El Cirkulo2byTSD

El Cirkulo1byTSD

El Cirkulo’s Warm White Chocolate Bread Pudding tastes more like sweet and buttery bread pudding than white chocolate, but that doesn’t make it any less luscious. A welcome change to the mushy version I’m used to, this was nice and firm yet soft to the bite. I enjoyed sopping up the bourbon caramel cream sauce with it, combined with the vanilla ice cream on the side. Each spoonful, simultaneously warm and cool, sent shivers down my spine—in a good way!

MaplebyTSD

Perfect for those with a higher threshold for sweetness, Maple’s Bourbon Bread Pudding is syrupy with a topping of peach slices. It comes in dense chunks, and every pillow-soft, almost chewy bite is more delightful when drenched in the bourbon crème anglaise, which balances out the flavors.

I’d also love to make bread pudding at home, but I have yet to buy my own baking tools and learn how to bake! I know whom turn to when the time comes, though: my fellow The Fat Kid Inside writer, Carmela Villegas of Casa San Luis! If you haven’t seen it yet, check out Carmela’s post on how to make cinnamon roll pudding, which sounds absolutely divine.

[Hyperlink for “Carmela’s post”: http://thefatkidinside.com/how-to-2/sustainable-eating-and-cinnamon-roll-pudding/#sthash.vop2Yeiq.dpbs]

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Wildflour Café + Bakery

Ground Floor Net Lima Building, 4th Avenue corner 26th Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig

Ground Floor The Podium, ADB Avenue, Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong City

https://www.facebook.com/WildflourcafebakeryFortBonifacio

Borough

Ground Floor The Podium, ADB Avenue, Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong City

El Cirkulo

Ground Floor Milkyway Building, 900 Arnaiz Avenue (Pasay Road) corner Paseo de Roxas, Makati City

http://www.elcirkulo.com

Maple

Lower Ground Level Shangri-La Plaza, East Wing, EDSA corner Shaw Boulevard, Mandaluyong City

Second Floor, San Antonio Plaza Arcade, 50 McKinley Road, Forbes Park, Makati City

https://www.facebook.com/MapleRestaurantPH

3 COMMENTS

    1. Victoria July 16, 2013 at 12:37 pm

      Have you tried La Cocina de Tita Moning’s bread pudding? For me, it’s still the best! Haven’t tasted anything as dense and flavorful as that. Though from this list I’ve only tried only Borough’s. I think you can get it in their stall in MOA, or if you’re early enough during Salcedo Market on Saturdays. I’ve showed up and tried to buy a few times at around 10 and they sold out already! Haha.

      I love this entry!!!! Thank you, Therese, I will try the rest!!!

    Reply
    1. Therese July 17, 2013 at 5:03 am

      Thank you, Victoria!

      I’m inclined towards chocolate-based/infused takes on bread pudding, but that sounds like a winner! I’ll make sure to drop by early then. Thanks for the recommendation!

    Reply
    1. Ronniekins June 15, 2014 at 1:25 pm

      Thank you for this post. I am also a big fan of bread pudding. I really have to try those. :)

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