After a long week of work, graduations, high school reunions and music festivals, Meesh and I found some time to knock a few contenders off our “to eat” list regarding our bread pudding stake out. After trying out 3 different takes on this delicious dessert at Union Bar and Grille, Sonsie and Parish Cafe the verdict for round 1 is in.
WARNING: The images you are about to see may cause you to gain weight… just by looking. Yes they’re that good.
1. (but certainly not in first place) we have Zagat rated Sonsie and their “award winning” warm chocolate bread pudding, served with whipped cream.
Unfortunately, I must admit, as good as it was, I certainly won’t be throwing any awards at it. Being the bread pudding connoisseurs that we are, Sonsie served up our least favorite. The dish was a little too rich, and could have benefited from some ice-cream. The whipped cream was nice, but the flavor was a little bland. And there were parts of the dish that tasted hard, almost stale, as if the chef had missed a few areas when soaking it in batter before baking. Overall verdict: there’s too many bread pudding options in Boston to settle for Sonsie’s. (Sorry Sonsie, but you do have amazing Mee Krob!)
2. Parish Cafe, with their White Chocolate Bread pudding, topped with whipped cream.
What can I say, it’s the first bread pudding I ever had and what initially started the semi-obsession. Since discovering it I’ve had it more times than I can count and I must say that Parish Cafe never disappoints. Always consistent, it’s the perfect dessert. Smothered in whip cream and chocolate syrup which literally melts upon contact with the warm bouncy cake, I highly recommend you try it at least once. Although trying not to eat it again after trying it once is pretty much impossible. Overall verdict: Not first, but certainly NOT least.
3. And now, for the bread pudding that is currently destroying all other bread puddings. Dun. Dun. Dun. UNION! with their Vermont Maple Bread Pudding, topped with vanilla ice-cream and covered in maple syrup. Duh.
The mother of all bread puddings (or at least of round 1). I mean, this is a bread pudding who’s had articles written about it, and rightfully so. It sort of reminded me more of a warm gooey coffee cake as opposed to some of the other bread puddings we’ve tried, but ridiculously delicious and far superior to Parish or Sonsie. The pudding is topped with a crunchy cinnamon crust, maple syrup and vanilla ice-cream. Once it hit our table, it didn’t stand a chance. I think it took a mere 2.3 minutes before four girls had demolished it. I’m still trying to figure out if we won the battle against the bread pudding, or if it beat us? We were pretty much powerless to its awesomeness. You can even find their very own recipe online. MmmMmm. Verdict: in the lead for Boston’s Best Bread Pudding! (for now at least)
Time to run a mile or two in preparation for Round 2… HA, we’ll see how that goes.