Chocolate Bread Pudding

AuthorSylvieCategory, , DifficultyBeginner

Every time I go to the bakery, I end up buying a lot of bread that will definitely go stale before I can eat it. I am aware of this problem but I just can't help it; I have a sweet spot for bread. Here I am repurposing leftover sourdough loaf and brioche to make the most delicious chocolate bread pudding! The bread is tossed in a mixture of eggs, milk, sugar, cocoa powder, a bit of cinnamon, vanilla, and orange zest, then it's topped with chocolate chips and almond, and finally baked. The pudding gets crunchy on top, soft, rich, and custardy in the middle. I like to simply serve it topped with powdered sugar and strawberries while it's still warm, but you can definitely let some ice cream melt on top of it just before serving. Such a treat! Here's the recipe.

Yields8 Servings
Prep Time15 minsCook Time45 minsTotal Time1 hr
 Butter to grease the baking dish
 400 g or 8-10 cups old bread, cut into 2 cm pieces
 5 large eggs
 2 ¾ cups full fat milk
 1 ¼ cups cane or granulated sugar
 ¼ cup cocoa powder, sifted
 1 ½ tsp ground cinnamon
 ½ tsp salt
 1 tbsp vanilla extract
 2 tbsp orange zest
 75 g dark chocolate chips
 3 tbsp chopped almonds
 Powdered sugar for serving
 Strawberries for serving
 Ice cream for serving, if desired
1

Preheat the oven to 180°C. Grease a medium baking dish using butter. I used 3 small baking pans but you can use any dish you have.

2

In a large bowl, beat together the eggs, milk, sugar, cocoa powder, cinnamon, salt, vanilla, and orange zest. Place cut bread in the bowl with the egg mixture and gently toss. Lightly press down on the bread and let it soak up the liquids for 10 minutes.

3

Pour the soaked bread into the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle the chocolate chips and almonds over the bread pudding. Bake for 45 Minutes, or until the top is set and crunchy.

4

Serve the pudding warm topped with powdered sugar, chopped strawberries, and ice cream if you want. Enjoy!

Ingredients

 Butter to grease the baking dish
 400 g or 8-10 cups old bread, cut into 2 cm pieces
 5 large eggs
 2 ¾ cups full fat milk
 1 ¼ cups cane or granulated sugar
 ¼ cup cocoa powder, sifted
 1 ½ tsp ground cinnamon
 ½ tsp salt
 1 tbsp vanilla extract
 2 tbsp orange zest
 75 g dark chocolate chips
 3 tbsp chopped almonds
 Powdered sugar for serving
 Strawberries for serving
 Ice cream for serving, if desired

Directions

1

Preheat the oven to 180°C. Grease a medium baking dish using butter. I used 3 small baking pans but you can use any dish you have.

2

In a large bowl, beat together the eggs, milk, sugar, cocoa powder, cinnamon, salt, vanilla, and orange zest. Place cut bread in the bowl with the egg mixture and gently toss. Lightly press down on the bread and let it soak up the liquids for 10 minutes.

3

Pour the soaked bread into the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle the chocolate chips and almonds over the bread pudding. Bake for 45 Minutes, or until the top is set and crunchy.

4

Serve the pudding warm topped with powdered sugar, chopped strawberries, and ice cream if you want. Enjoy!

Chocolate Bread Pudding
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