Chocolate Croissant Pudding With Wild Turkey Sauce
Recipe by Joachim Splichal of Patina
1 cup milk
1/2 vanilla bean, halved lengthwise and seeds scraped out
4 large egg yolks
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon Wild Turkey liqueur
In a small saucepan, combine the milk with the vanilla bean and
seeds and bring just to a boil. Remove from the heat and allow
to infuse for 5 minutes, then strain out the vanilla pod. In an
electric mixer or with a whisk, beat the egg yolks together with
the sugar until the mixture is pale and thickened. Pour about
a quarter of the hot milk into the egg-yolk mixture and mix until
well combined, then return the yolk mixture to the pan with the
rest of the milk and, over medium-low heat, stir continuously
until thickened. Do not allow the mixture to boil. Strain it through
a strainer into a clean pan and add Wild Turkey liqueur, to taste.
Cool the sauce and refrigerate, covered, until chilled.
4 croissants, cut in half horizontally
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. On a baking sheet, toast the
croissant halves until golden, about 8 to 10 minutes, watching
carefully so that they do not burn. Remove from the oven and when
cool, break the croissants up into 1/2-inch pieces and set aside.
Reduce the oven temperature to 300 degrees F.
2 cups heavy cream
1/4 vanilla bean, halved lengthwise and seeds scraped out
5 large egg yolks
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
In a medium saucepan, heat the cream and the vanilla bean together
over medium-high heat. Bring the cream to just below boiling point,
then remove it from the heat and allow to infuse for 5 minutes.
Strain out the vanilla pod. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk the
egg yolks and sugar together until the mixture is pale and thickened.
Gradually whisk the warm cream into the egg yolks and then return
the mixture to a clean saucepan. Over medium-low heat, bring the
mixture up to just below a boil, stirring all the time until thickened,
and immediately remove it from the heat.
8 ounces bittersweet bakers chocolate, cut into 1/2-inch chunks
1 tablespoon powdered sugar
Arrange an equal amount of toasted croissant pieces in each of
six 8-ounce ramekins or ovenproof bowls. Distribute the chocolate
chunks evenly among the ramekins. Spoon the warm custard over
the mixture, pressing down with a fork to be sure all the pieces
of croissant are soaked in the custard, and cover each ramekin
tightly with aluminum foil. Place the ramekins in a roasting pan
and pour in enough very hot water to come halfway up their sides.
Bake in the hot oven for 15 to 20 minutes, or until just set,
then pierce the foil with a toothpick to release the steam and
let stand for 5 minutes before removing the rest of the foil.
(Note: At this stage you could cool and refrigerate the puddings
for several hours or overnight. Warm them through in a 400-degree
F oven for 4 to 5 minutes before serving.)
Dust the top of each warm pudding with a little powdered sugar
and serve the chilled sauce in a sauceboat on the side.