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Chocolate Bread Pudding with Coconut

Nothing was wasted on the farm where I grew up in southwest Nebraska—this pudding was made from stale bread. My father loved chocolate, so if we weren't having this dessert, we'd have homemade chocolate ice cream or chocolate cake!
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 50 min.
  • Makes
    6-8 servings


  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 3 tablespoons baking cocoa
  • 4-1/2 cups cubed day-old bread (about 9 slices)
  • 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut, divided
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Whipped cream and grated chocolate, optional


  • In a large saucepan, heat butter and milk until butter is melted; stir in cocoa. Remove from the heat and set aside. Toss bread and 3/4 cup coconut; place in a greased 1-1/2-qt. shallow baking dish. Add sugar, eggs, vanilla and salt to milk mixture; mix well. Pour over the bread. Sprinkle with the remaining coconut. Place baking dish in a 13x9-in. pan in oven; add 1 in. of water to pan. Bake at 350° for 50-55 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Serve warm or cold; if desired, garnish with whipped cream and grated chocolate.

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  • BilliePock
    Feb 15, 2017

    I halved this recipe. It is easy and delicious. I sprinkled chocolate chips and walnuts in it.

  • TimedOut
    Sep 19, 2016

    Delicious! I added toffee bits with the final sprinkle of coconut and chocolate chips after baking. Topped with whipped cream and served warm, a group of teens finished off the dessert and wanted more!

  • heatherskystudio
    May 25, 2013

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  • ssminn23
    Mar 6, 2011

    Good and easy. Great use of leftover bread.

  • starscreeam
    Nov 15, 2010

    Made this with leftover challah, it was fantastic!

  • bschult2
    Nov 30, 2009

    I skipped the coconut, as I'm not a fan. I sprinkled some chocolate chips on top once the pudding came out of the oven. It was delicious!

  • lazuliphin
    May 23, 2009

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