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Best Bread Pudding

  • Shalom Japan

    310 S. 4th St., at Rodney St., Williamsburg; 718-388-4012

    As an expression of their Japanese and Jewish heritages, chef-owners Sawako Okochi and Aaron Israel bake their daily challah with sake kasu, a by-product of sake production often used in Japanese cooking. What to do with the leftover loaves? Bread pudding was the obvious answer. Okochi soaks the challah in custard (which includes E. Guittard dark chocolate, ripened bananas, and Battenkill Valley Creamery milk and cream) overnight, and then bakes it “low and slow.” The result’s a dessert that’s soft and gooey on the inside, with a crispy exterior. It’s served piping hot between a spoonful of crème fraîche and a pool of whiskey-­caramel sauce.

From the 2014 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine