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Feb 01, 2010 04:19AM ● By Wendy Sipple

Croissant and Chocolate Bread Pudding

Real Simple – Best Recipes
• Unsalted butter for the baking dish
• 6 large egg yolks
• 2 cups of milk*
• 1 cup heavy cream
• 1 cup granulated sugar
• 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
• 1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
• 6 croissants, cut into 1-inch pieces (about 1 lb.)
• 4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, cut into chunks
Heat oven to 375 degrees. Butter an 8-inch square baking dish or other shallow 2-quart baking dish.
In a large bowl, whisk together the egg yolks, milk, cream, sugar, vanilla, salt, and nutmeg. Add the croissants and chocolate and mix to combine. Transfer mixture to the prepared baking dish. Bake until set and knife inserted in the center comes out clean, 30 to 40 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature.

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Morotti Campi Xyris 2008

The Marotti Campi Estate is located near Morro d’Alba, a village in the Province of Anacona in the Italian region of Marche. The Marotti Campi family has owned land there for over a century, which has been transformed into a wine growing business with over 52 hectares of vines. The family built a modern winery in 1999, which has greatly enhanced their wines.

Marotti Campi Xyris 2008 (pronounced “Syris”) is made from the ancient indigenous grape variety Lacrima di Morro d’Alba, which has aromatic qualities and is cultivated in a very restricted area. This wine is made by partially fermenting the grape juice and stopping the process at 6.5 percent alcohol. The result is a sparkling, sweet red wine in which characteristics of the grape variety show through and is pleasantly sweet and balanced. It shows light raspberries, has a clean finish and is perfect to serve with dessert, brunch, or even as an aperitif. Even if you shy away from sweet wines, this is one to try. Its uniqueness will surprise you.

Rick Mindermann
Rick is a 33-year veteran grocer with Corti Brothers in Sacramento, personal assistant to Darrell Corti, and “The Good Taste Guy” for


*PLEASE NOTE: the 2 Cups of Milk were inadvertently omitted on our print version.