Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding

Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding combines rich, eggy custard with buttery croissants and melty chocolate chips for a decadent dessert that will have you coming back for just one more bite. It’s probably more than obvious that I bake and cook a lot and I often get asked what I do with all of the recipes …

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Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding combines rich, eggy custard with buttery croissants and melty chocolate chips for a decadent dessert that will have you coming back for just one more bite.

Fork taking a bite from a piece of chocolate chip bread pudding, topped with whipped cream and chocolate shavings

It’s probably more than obvious that I bake and cook a lot and I often get asked what I do with all of the recipes that I test.

Most of the time, the goodies head to friends, family, neighbors, and even our chiropractor and Elle’s teachers.

Eric doesn’t have too much of a sweet tooth for things beyond cereal, chocolate chip cookies or chocolate cheesecake and Elle is pretty picky when it comes to desserts, so we’re often left with loads of sweets.

When I was testing this Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding, I had the taste-testers all lined up because I knew I’d be making it several times and assumed that Eric and Elle wouldn’t be interested.

I was totally wrong.

They both devoured it thanks to the chocolate chips and crispy, buttery croissant top and it quickly became one of our new favorites!

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Croissant Bread Pudding

Buttery croissants meet rich, eggy custard in this Croissant Bread Pudding! Serve with fresh berries and a dollop of whipped cream for a sweet and decadent bite. I’m one of those people that has a Costco membership for about 10 things. Paper towels, protein shakes, fresh flowers, eggs, vanilla, shrimp cocktail and my beloved dill …

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Buttery croissants meet rich, eggy custard in this Croissant Bread Pudding! Serve with fresh berries and a dollop of whipped cream for a sweet and decadent bite.

Two plates with slices of croissant bread pudding, topped with whipped cream and fresh berries

I’m one of those people that has a Costco membership for about 10 things.

Paper towels, protein shakes, fresh flowers, eggs, vanilla, shrimp cocktail and my beloved dill pickle salad mixes are the staples.

Everything else is random like frozen chicken taquitos and almonds that taste like Thin Mint cookies.

However, during the holidays I started picking up their croissants when I was testing recipes and I kind of got hooked on them. I’m not considering them a staple quite yet, but they’re getting close.

First of all, they’re delicious. They’re rich, buttery, flaky and they’re massive so they’re great for feeding a crowd.

You can use them for chicken salad sandwiches or bacon egg and cheese sandwiches, but my absolute favorite way to use the croissants is in croissant bread pudding.

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Pumpkin Spice and Pecan Bread Pudding

Pumpkin Spice and Pecan Bread Pudding

Bread pudding is always a good choice when you’re in need of a comforting dessert. The custard-based pudding is rich in texture and flavor – and the fact that it can be served warm always seems to add another layer of indulgence to each serving. There is no time of year that …

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Pumpkin Spice and Pecan Bread Pudding

Bread pudding is always a good choice when you’re in need of a comforting dessert. The custard-based pudding is rich in texture and flavor – and the fact that it can be served warm always seems to add another layer of indulgence to each serving. There is no time of year that calls for comfort food more than the fall and winter holiday seasons, and that means that this Pumpkin Spice and Pecan Bread Pudding is a perfect option for dessert during that time of year.

The bread pudding is made with pumpkin puree and a generous amount of pumpkin spice. Pumpkin spice, or pumpkin pie spice, is a mixture of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and ginger that is typically included in pumpkin pies and other pumpkin desserts. You have undoubtedly had it in a pumpkin spice latte, even if you weren’t familiar with the individual spices that went into the mix in the first place! The spices add a delicious warmth to the natural sweetness of pumpkin puree, which is further enhanced in this dessert with brown sugar and vanilla.

Bread puddings are usually soft and custardy, without much texture of their own. In this recipe, I add in a generous amount of toasted pecans. The flavor of the pecans works beautifully with the pumpkin spice elements, as well as adding a nice crunch to each serving of bread pudding. Toasted pecans will give you the best results in this recipe, as they will hold up to the custard without loosing their texture. Feel free to use pecans that are both roasted and salted if you like a little extra salty-sweetness in your desserts (I do!). I like to toss a few extra on top for garnish, to hint at the flavors that are inside the bread pudding.

This recipe makes a generous batch of bread pudding and you might not have a large enough gathering to serve it all at once. Fortunately, bread pudding keeps very well and the leftovers are just as delicious as the freshly baked dessert. If you do have leftovers, store them in the fridge. You can serve them cold or reheat individual portions in the microwave for a few minutes before serving.

Pumpkin Spice and Pecan Bread Pudding

Pumpkin Spice and Pecan Bread Pudding
2 3/4 cups milk (pref. whole)
4 large eggs
1 1/2 cups pumpkin puree (1-15 oz can)
1 1/4 cups brown sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp pumpkin pie spice
1/2 tsp salt
9-10 cups cubed bread (pref. white bread or brioche)
1 cup coarsely chopped, toasted pecans
topping: 2 tbsp sugar + 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice, for topping

Preheat oven to 350F. Lightly grease a 9×13-inch baking dish.
In a medium bowl, whisk together milk, eggs, pumpkin puree, brown sugar, vanilla and pumpkin pie spice until very smooth.
Place cubed bread in a large bowl, and pour pumpkin mixture over the top. Use a spatula to gently fold the bread cubes until they are well coated. Allow bread mixture to stand for 20 minutes to soak up the custard mixture.
Pour bread custard mixture into prepared pan and spread it into an even layer. Combine sugar and pumpkin pie spice in a small bowl and sprinkle over the top of the bread pudding.
Bake for 40 minutes, until the pudding springs back when lightly pressed and a sharp knife inserted into the center comes out clean.
Allow to cool for at least 15 minutes before serving. Leftovers should be cooled completely and stored in the refrigerator.

Serves 10-12

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Bread Pudding

This best-ever Bread Pudding is so easy to make. Just soak bread cubes with eggs, sugar, and milk, then bake. Add bourbon-soaked raisins and spices to make it extra-special. This New Orleans dessert is a classic for Christmas, Mardi Gras, or …

This best-ever Bread Pudding is so easy to make. Just soak bread cubes with eggs, sugar, and milk, then bake. Add bourbon-soaked raisins and spices to make it extra-special. This New Orleans dessert is a classic for Christmas, Mardi Gras, or any special meal.

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