Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding with Vanilla Cream Sauce

Bread pudding isn’t a common dessert here in the states, but it’s becoming more so, popping up on farm to table restaurant menus across the country. Truly heavenly, it’s no wonder it’s making a comeback. In the past I have shared recipes for Blueberry Bread Pudding and an Orange Cranberry Croissant Bread Pudding, now I think it’s time to add this Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding with Vanilla Cream Sauce to the repertoire!
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Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding with Vanilla Cream Sauce

How To make Bread Pudding:

Bread pudding is very simple to make. If you can whisk together cream, eggs, sugar and vanilla paste, pour over bread cubes and bake, then you can make bread pudding. For this recipe I use buttery croissants and add bittersweet chocolate chips.

Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding with Vanilla Cream Sauce

The Cream Sauce:

After baking, I pour a warm vanilla cream sauce over the puddings and serve. So much warm, gooey chocolate/vanilla goodness should be shared, so I bake them in 12 ounce ramekins for two. This dessert is so rich and creamy I doubt you could finish one off yourself anyway. If you don’t have (or want to buy) ramekins you can bake this dessert in a 7x11x2 baking dish as well.

Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding with Vanilla Cream Sauce

The Vanilla:

I am a huge fan of vanilla paste and use Nielsen Massey Paste in all my baking. Click to find four oz vanilla paste  or, buy the quart to save money!

The Recipe: Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding with Vanilla Cream Sauce

Tips and what you will need: you can bake this is a 7x11x2 baking dish or four 12 ounce ramekins. I always prefer vanilla paste instead of extract, buy the quart to save money!

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Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding with Vanilla Cream Sauce




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A creamy, gooey, decadent dessert! NOTE: If you are using a baking dish instead of ramekins see notes below on adjusting baking time.


Bread Pudding:

  • 5 cups buttery croissants, cut into 1" cubes
  • 1¾ cups heavy whipping cream
  • 4 eggs
  • 1¼ cups organic granulated sugar
  • 1½ teaspoons vanilla paste or extract
  • 3/4 to1 Cup Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips (depending on how rich you like it)

Vanilla Cream Sauce:

  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1½ Tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla paste (or extract)


  1. Preheat oven to 350. Butter bottom and sides of four 12 to 14 oz ramekins or one 11x7x2 glass baking dish. Place rack in center of oven.

Bread Pudding:

  1. In a large bowl whisk cream, eggs, sugar, and vanilla paste until well combined.
  2. Add croissants, mix well.
  3. Gently fold in chocolate chips.
  4. Let sit for 10-15 minutes so bread absorbs liquid.
  5. Separate evenly into ramekins or pour all into single baking baking dish.
  6. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until set. (If using a single baking dish instead of ramekins it may take more like 30-35 minutes)
  7. Remove from oven and allow to rest for five minutes.
  8. Drizzle with cream sauce and serve.
  9. While bread pudding bakes, make the cream sauce.

Cream Sauce:

  1. Place all ingredients into small sauce pan. Heat on low until simmering. Take off heat. Pour over bread pudding and serve.
  2. Serves 4-8 (depending on if you share)


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35 thoughts on “Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding with Vanilla Cream Sauce

  1. Bread pudding is such a homey dessert and I’ve always been a fan. I’ve never tried it with chocolate before — it’s always been some kind of fruit and rum soaked bake (not bad, either) but this sounds dynamite.

  2. OH MY! We LOVE Bread Pudding. The very best was at a restaurant a few blocks away, and they made exactly this – chocolate chip bread pudding with a vanilla (something) sauce. They closed a few months ago. NOW i have your recipe to make our own. Thanks!!!!

  3. Interesting that Bread Pudding is not all that common in the US, they are really popular across Europe with different spins on the classic depending on the types of bread you will find across Europe. Your version sounds lovely.

  4. Bread and butter pudding is my comfort go to dessert in winter. Mum use to make it, as I now do for my family.

    I’ve added choc chips in on the odd occasion and it goes so well. As does some banana with the choc.

    Yours look sensational, wish I could grab one through the screen!!!

  5. With orange croissant bread, that’s genius! I can imagine all the flavors in this comforting bread pudding. The vanilla sauce will be the hit with the bread pudding. This is my kind of rainy day after dinner treat.

  6. Bread + pudding? Well, yes, please. Don’t mind if I help myself to seconds.
    Seriously, I am glad to see this dish gaining popularity here in the states. Being a European with bunch of Irish and British friends who make nostalgic food like this, I often get spoiled with it and I am happy about it.

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