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:: Chocolate deliciousness ::

~ 3 c. heavy cream
~ 1 1/4 c. half & half
~ 1 12 oz. bag of semi-sweet chocolate
~ 1 t. cinnamon
~ 1/2 t. cloves
~ 1/8 t. ginger
~ 1/8 t. sea salt
~ 3 whole organic eggs
~ 3 organic egg yolks
~ 1/2 + 2T sugar
~ 1 loaf of semi-stale challah torn into good size pieces
~ vanilla ice cream
Place chocolate in a very large bowl and set aside; whisk eggs, yolks and sugar together in another bowl and set aside.  Heat the heavy cream and half & half together until it just begins to boil.  Watch closely as you do not want the cream to curdle - whisk it frequently.  When it just begins to bubble, remove from heat and pour over the chocolate - whisk until the chocolate is completely melted.  Begin to temper with the egg mixture {this means add a bit of the egg mixture to the cream/chocolate mixture and whisk together - then add the cream/chocolate to the egg mixture and whisk - then add the remaining egg mixture to the bowl of chocolate again - this prevents the possibility of introducing too hot a liquid to the eggs and thus cooking them } .  Add the cinnamon, cloves, ginger and salt and whisk until everything is well combined.
Add torn bread to the mixture a bit at a time ensuring you are submerging each piece.  Let the bread soak for 20 minutes.  Pour into a baking dish and place in a 325 degree oven for 50 minutes {or until inserted knife comes out clean}.  Let stand for 15 minutes before serving warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Yes, it's good.

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