Everything Chocolate: Double Chocolate Croissant Bread Pudding

Hello again chocolate lovers! Don’t worry, I didn’t forget about you all. Despite it being a little behind, I’m here to bring you what would have been my next Everything Chocolate post for the month of March: Croissant Bread Pudding with Double (that’s right, double) Chocolate. Yes, I realize April and Easter are already upon us, but between having a pretty busy past could of weeks and undergoing Daylight Savings, I’ve lost all track of time. Excuses aside, I must say this month’s (that is March’s, of course) featured dessert has probably been one of the easiest I’ve conquered yet. Not only is there no constant use of a hand blender, the oven essentially does all the work once you combine all the ingredients. There’s also not as much prep work outside of the custard filling. It’s no where near as elaborate as the Blackout Cake with Chocolate Crunch or as time-consuming as Chocolate Mousse with Puff Pastry Hearts. This recipe is literally as easy as it gets, with simple to understand directions and ingredients. With that said (and apologizes for lateness once again) read on and enjoy!

bread pudding

INGREDIENTS
For the bread pudding
● 8 croissants (already baked)
● 4 tablespoons melted butter
● 3 large eggs & 3 egg yolks
● 1 1/2 cups whole milk
● 1 cup whole milk
● 1/4 cup granulated sugar
● 1 teaspoon almond extract
● 6 ounces milk chocolate chips
For the chocolate sauce
●  1/3 cup heavy cream
● 2 tablespoons butter
● 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
● 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
● 1 teaspoon almond extract
● 4 ounces bittersweet chocolate chips

DIRECTIONS
bread puddingbread pudding1. The Bread. Begin by preheating the oven to 350 degrees and laying some aluminum foil n top a baking sheet. Cut up all the croissant rolls into 1 inch thick slices. I was able to get about 2-3 pieces per roll. Toss the rolls in the melted butter and spread out on the tray so they’re even. Bake the rolls until they are slightly toasted (should take about 10 minutes). Once finished baking, set aside to cool slightly before removing them from the sheet.

bread puddingbread puddingbread puddingbread pudding2. The Filling. In a large bowl, whisk the eggs and egg yolks until broken up and combined. Add in the milk and heavy cream before mixing in the sugar and almond extract. Make sure to whisk everything again so it’s well incorporated. The mixture should take on a custard-looking color. Once you’ve finished, take a shallow, 2-quart baking dish and spray it will non-stick cooking spray. Line the dish with half of the croissant rolls and top with two-thirds of the milk chocolate chips. Add the remaining croissants on top and pour in the custard mixture, gently pressing down on the croissants as needed so they are submerged. Cover the baking dish with foil and proceed to bake them at the same 350 degree temperature for 30 minutes. Take out the dish when finished and top with the remaining milk chocolate chips. Return it back into the oven for about 15 to 20 minutes. The bread will begin puffing and absorbing the liquid, which will also begin to set. Once the time is up and the remaining chocolate has melted, take the bread pudding out of the oven and let it set for 15 more minutes.

bread puddingbread puddingbread pudding3. The Chocolate Sauce.
In a small saucepan over medium heat on the stove top, combine the butter and heavy cream until combined. Continue by stirring in the sugar, corn syrup and almond extract and bringing it to a simmer. Now comes the fun part! Once heated up, add in the bittersweet chocolate chips and whisk until smooth and creamy. Make sure there are no lumps left before transferring the sauce to a dish. Let it cool just a bit before serving as to keep your tongues from burning off. Once ready, place it next to your finished bread pudding so guests can easily combine the two delectable treats.

And there you have it! One decadent treat marrying creamy, sweet custard bread pudding with luscious, rich chocolate sauce. It may have been a bit behind, but it’s always better late than never. No matter what occasion, you’ll be sure to impress your guests with this comforting treat.

bread pudding

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