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Chocolate Croissant Bread Pudding

I didn't start off as a big fan of bread puddings, but one time I found myself with a large surplus of croissants and decided to get fancy with them. This dark chocolate croissant bread pudding became special to me the minute I tasted it. —Jenn Tidwell, Fair Oaks, California
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. + standing Bake: 40 min.
  • Makes
    9 servings

Ingredients

  • 4 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1-1/2 cups 2% milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange zest
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Dash salt
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 4 croissants, cut into 1-inch pieces

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, whisk the first 9 ingredients until blended. Stir in chocolate chips. Gently stir in croissants; let stand until bread is softened, about 15 minutes.
  • Transfer to a greased 8-in. square baking dish. Bake until puffed and golden, and a knife inserted near the center comes out clean, 40-45 minutes. Serve warm.
Nutrition Facts
1 serving: 270 calories, 12g fat (7g saturated fat), 103mg cholesterol, 190mg sodium, 35g carbohydrate (24g sugars, 2g fiber), 7g protein.

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