Disclosure: I’m working with Hershey this holiday season to bring you some desserts for two using their products. I’m so happy to have them in my kitchen this baking season!
You probably already know two things about bread pudding: It’s delicious and everyone loves it. It’s a mainstay on restaurant menus for a reason. But maybe there’s something you don’t know about it: the absolute ease with which you can make it. Anytime, anywhere. Leftover bread, fresh bread. One egg per serving that you want to make, and a splash of milk and sugar. Are you on board yet?
If so, grab two coffee mugs and let’s get to work.
I have quite a few versions of bread pudding for two on this site (ROLO® bread pudding, slow-cooker bread pudding, mini whiskey bread puddings, pretzel bread puddings…should I keep going?).
But this is the one I want you to commit to memory:
1 slice of bread + 1 egg + 3 tablespoons milk + 1 tablespoon sugar + your favorite candy
Easy enough, right? These are things we always have on hand — you too?
I always have a bag of HERSHEY'S KISSES SPECIAL DARK Chocolates in the back of my pantry for chocolate emergencies. I can’t help it if I have a chocolate emergency every single day, sometimes multiple times a day. Sometimes, an emergency is really a "victory" moment.
"The baby went down for a nap" — grab a victory chocolate!
"The dogs didn’t bark and wake up the baby when the mailman came" — grab a sigh-of-relief chocolate!
"I dropped my kid off for daycare with matching socks" — grab a celebratory chocolate!
But, sometimes it’s really an emergency:
"I have no plans for dinner and it’s 6:00" — distract self with chocolate.
"The baby woke up 2 hours too early from her nap" — eat chocolate.
"Work is piling up and baby wants to be on my hip 24/7" — eat chocolate with baby.
If you can spare 10 HERSHEY’S KISSES Chocolates from your next bag, you can have two mugs of warm, comforting bread pudding. As soon as this comes out of the oven, I wrap a thick towel around the hot mug and head to the couch. Wait. I should mention the first thing I do when this comes out of the oven. It’s the best part — I unwrap another HERSHEY'S KISSES Chocolate, press it into the warm surface and watch it melt over the top. Don’t forget that step!
You can make these in two oven-safe coffee mugs, or two ramekins — whatever you have. You can bake these in the oven for 25 minutes, or you can plop them in the bottom of your slow cooker with an inch of water and cook on LOW for 2-3 hours.
However you make them, commit the recipe to memory, keep these ingredients in stock (especially the HERSHEY’S KISSES Chocolates!), and make these as often as you like.