This morning, I had a craving for crème brulee and bread pudding. …good bread pudding. I must admit that I don’t know what exactly makes a bread pudding a good bread pudding. I don’t like a dense, soggy block of bread. I prefer a more custard like consistency, rich with vanilla bean. Mmmm… pieces of buttery croissant soaked in that warm creamy vanilla bean custard, with the tops toasty and crispy.
Chocolate chip cookies are my favorite cookie. I know that people are very opinionated about what makes the best chocolate chip cookie. I wouldn’t dare try to convince you otherwise. The best chocolate chip cookies, for me, are chewy with slightly crispy edges, and a tender crumb. They are buttery and rich, not too sweet, and have semi-sweet or bittersweet chocolate chips. Add some shredded coconut and chopped walnuts and you got yourself heaven in a cookie! Sandwich chocolate chip ice cream in between two chewy chocolate chip cookies, and we may be soulmates.
I created this recipe from tweaking a recipe from one of my favorite cookbooks, Cooking A-Z. I did some experimenting and created a recipe that my family and friends LOVE!