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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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.
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.
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!
A creamy, gooey, decadent dessert! NOTE: If you are using a baking dish instead of ramekins see notes below on adjusting baking time.
- 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
- 1/2 - 3/4 cup Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips (this is a rich dessert, so you decide how much chocolate you want)
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream
- 1½ Tablespoons sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla paste or extract
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.
In a large bowl whisk cream, eggs, sugar, and vanilla paste until well combined.
Add croissants, mix well.
Gently fold in chocolate chips.
Let sit for 10-15 minutes so bread absorbs liquid.
Separate evenly into ramekins or pour all into single baking baking dish.
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)
Remove from oven and allow to rest for five minutes.
Drizzle with cream sauce and serve.
While bread pudding bakes, make the cream sauce.
Place all ingredients into small sauce pan. Heat on low until simmering. Take off heat. Pour over bread pudding and serve.
Serves 4-8 (depending on if you share)
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My hubster adores bread pudding. The warm vanilla cream sauce in your recipe sounds just to-die-for! This would be perfect to cap off a Valentine’s Day meal.
THIS is what I want for Valentine’s Day! I really bet that special vanilla paste makes the dish over the top! So pretty too!
You know, I started using that paste when years ago when I took cooking classes in LA and never went back to extract! I just love it!
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.
Lol yes a lot are soaked in liquor. Mine are always soaked in eggs and cream and usually involve fruit too!
Oh I could really use some bread pudding right now! It looks so delicious!
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!!!!
Oh boo! I am always so sad when i place I love closes. I hope this recipe compares!
this looks so delicious and elegant – you’ve taken bread pudding to another level!
This looks delicious! Bread Pudding is comfort food at its best!
This gives a whole new life to the standard bread pudding. I, for one, can’t wait to make this!
These are so cute and look so perfect for a special occasion. Something about having them each in their own little ramekin makes them seem special. Loving all that chocolate too! Cheers!
This is the ultimate comfort dessert ever created! I haven’t had these in ages, and I’m just going to go ahead and treat myself tomorrow with these!
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.
I had my first bread pudding at age 52! Not common here at all unfortunately. But that’s changing:)
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!!!
I love the versatility!
These look and sound amazing! …especially that vanilla cream sauce! Drooling!
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.
No orange in this recipe but I do have another one with orange and cranberries!
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.
yes, funny how it has caught on here until now…or maybe it’s making a come back???
This looks amazing! As luck would have it, I even have croissants to use!
I can almost smell how delicious this is. 🙂 I love bread putting and haven’t had it for years!
Oh, I haven’t had a good bread pudding in so long. This looks fantastic, Linda!
You have no idea how amazing this recipe is! Why have I never had a bread pudding made with croissants before? I’ve been missing out on this all my life!
I love bread pudding made with other breads too, but I have to say the croissants do make it very special!
Linda!!! This looks amazing! I watched your IG story about this too, so yummy! I LOVE the chocolate in there, so special and decadent.
I love organic food and I found your blog pretty exceptional, Linda! Can’t wait to try this sauce.
This looks delicious and just a classy dessert. I am really excited to try the sauce!
Are the croissants already cooked or not cooked?
They baked croissants from a bakery.
Can’t wait to try!! Can you tell me roughly how many croissants might equal 5 cups??
Hi Jennifer. Depending on size, usually between 4 and 5. Unfortunately sizes of croissants vary quite a bit, so I can’t give you an exact amount 🙂