January 2015

Pick Up a Copy!

Bittersweet bread pudding


A holiday dessert

Posted: Friday, Nov. 16, 2012

Share Share

Chef Troy Gagliardo

CChef Troy Gagliardo is a self-taught chef that has parlayed his years of kitchen experience into many other culinary ventures. Including a proprietary spice line, cook books, commercials, food styling, cooking/restaurant columns, endorsements, cooking classes, and live appearances. Troy has been voted as one of the Charlotte’s Top Five Chefs two years in a row by Creative Loafing readers. Chef Troy has appeared in two national commercials with NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt Jr. and joined him for a media tour day just days before Dale Jr. won his second Daytona 500 to start the 2014 NASCAR season. For the past seven years, Chef Troy has appeared each week on Charlotte's morning show WCCB News Rising, cooking his way through "Troy’s Everyday Eats". Filmed live each week at the WCCB Charlotte studios, Chef Troy teaches his unique style of food with a simple Warren publishing recently signed Chef Troy to publish his new cookbook entitled Pseudo Southern-a playful twist on the art of southern cooking, which has been endorsed by Top Chef Alum and best-selling author Fabio Viviani and also star of “A Chef’s Life” Vivian Howard. Fabio said of Pseudo Southern, "Southern food is my second home. It's as close to my heart like Italy is, and that is why I love Troy's recipes so much. They remind me of the childhood I would have had if I was born in the south”. Vivian had this to say, “Troy’s take on southern food is just left of center, fun, and refreshing. His recipes are approachable that even the most jaded cook will be intrigued to try.” Chef Troy is also a free-lance food writer for the Charlotte Observer and Examiner.com and lives in Mooresville, NC with his wife Tracy, of twenty-three years, and their two daughters, Ally and Isabella. He can be seen every Tuesday morning from 7-9 am on WCCB News Rising.

Pomegranate Blueberry Goat Cheese Bread Pudding

• 1 each-French bread-cut 9 to 10 cups-cut into bite size pieces
• 1 cup pecans, chopped
• 1 pint blueberries
• 5 ounces goat cheese, crumbled


• 4 each-eggs, large
• 1 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
• 1 teaspoon almond extract
• 1 tablespoon orange zest
• 2 tablespoons pomegranate, molasses or concentrate
• 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
• 4 cups heavy cream

Sauce: (optional)

• 3/4 stick unsalted butter, 6 tablespoons
• 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
• 3 tablespoons pomegranate, molasses or concentrate


1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees with rack in center of oven.

2. Lightly butter or spray a 9 x 13 baking dish and place it into a roasting pan that is larger than baking dish.

3. In a sauce pan, heat heavy cream to warm through over low heat.

4. In a mixing bowl combine eggs, sugar, almond extract, orange zest, pomegranate and melted butter until well incorporated.

5. Slowly, while stirring add warm cream a little at a time until all has been incorporated.

6. Place bread cubes in baking dish, scatter pecans, blueberries and goat cheese over top.

7. Pour custard over bread cubes and gently press bread into custard to help soak up custard.

8. Let stand for at least 30 minutes.

9. With baking dish in roasting pan, carefully pour in hot water until half way up the sides of baking dish.

10. Place in oven and bake for one hour.

11. While pudding is baking, melt butter over medium high heat.

12. Add sugar, pomegranate molasses, whisk to combine and cook until slightly thicken.

13. Lower heat to lowest setting and keep warm.

14. To check for doneness, press gently on pudding.

15. If custard rising to top let it bake a little longer until all of the custard is set.

16. Remove from oven and from water bath.

17. Let cool slightly before serving and serve with warm pomegranate sauce drizzled over top.

Hide Comments

This affects comments on all stories.

Cancel OK

The Charlotte Observer welcomes your comments on news of the day. The more voices engaged in conversation, the better for us all, but do keep it civil. Please refrain from profanity, obscenity, spam, name-calling or attacking others for their views.

Have a news tip? You can send it to a local news editor; email local@charlotteobserver.com to send us your tip - or - consider joining the Public Insight Network and become a source for The Charlotte Observer.

  Read more