Bread pudding has never appealed to me. It's partly because a) the name sucks b) I've never had a memorable bread pudding in my LIFE and c) most of the bread pudding I've seen looks like a stagnant, festering slice of human flesh. In a swamp. Underground.
So why make it? I got a book featuring desserts from swanky Los Angeles restaurants, and the recipe for bread pudding looked pretty simple. I made the brioche myself, which wasn't necessary, but I love baking bread and wanted to try something new.
The final result? I can admit when I'm wrong, and I was definitely wrong. Bread pudding is easy, delicious, and works quite well as breakfast the next morning. The recipe can be found here. If I had my own bakery, I would consider giving bread pudding a better name, maybe "pain au crème." That's what it is, after all, buttery bread soaked in cream and chocolate.