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Dark Chocolate Croissant Bread Pudding

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. + standing Bake: 40 min.


15 servings

Croissants make an incredible base for this rich, chocolaty bread pudding. I prefer dark chocolate, but semisweet or white chocolate work, too. Garnish with your favorite nuts. —Jennifer Tidwell, Fair Oaks, California
Dark Chocolate Croissant Bread Pudding Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 8 croissants, torn into 2-inch pieces
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chunks
  • 8 large eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange zest
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups 2% milk
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Place croissants in a greased 13x9-in. baking dish; sprinkle with chocolate chunks. In a large bowl, whisk eggs, sugar, orange zest, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt until blended. Stir in milk, orange juice and vanilla; pour over top. Let stand about 15 minutes or until bread is softened.
  2. Bake, uncovered, 40-45 minutes or until puffed and golden brown; cover loosely with foil during last 10 minutes if top browns too quickly. Serve warm.

Nutrition Facts

1 serving: 323 calories, 15g fat (8g saturated fat), 123mg cholesterol, 230mg sodium, 42g carbohydrate (29g sugars, 2g fiber), 9g protein.

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  • BC001
    Feb 29, 2016

    Would have rated a 5 STAR if it didnt taste like citrus. Im not a fan of orange and chocolate together. If you are, then this is yummy! It baked up great, I have no complaints by the way it cooked. I would allow more than 15 minutes for soaking though, maybe 30 minutes, I just lightly pressed the torn bread into the mixture a few times and it was fine though. The only difference I did was use 15 mini croissants, omit the zest, I still noticed that OJ, even more than the cinnamon and the nutmeg (and we all know how powerful nutmeg can be!) I will make this again, but next time still omitting the orange zest, replace the OJ with milk or 1/2 and 1/2 and increase the cinnamon and nutmeg by a tad. Other than the citrus flavor, this was really good, like i said, I would have given a 5 STAR if it wasn't for the orange flavor.

  • cookingnp
    Oct 9, 2015

    This is really good but after reading the reviews, I made several modifications. 15 minutes is not nearly enough time for the croissants to soak up the liquids. I let it sit for several hours covered in the fridge but it could easily sit overnight. I also reduced the milk to 1 cup. The orange chocolate flavors blend nicely. Will definitely be making this again.

  • Memacintyre
    Apr 19, 2015

    I cooked this for almost 60 minutes and the edges were burnt while the centre was still runny. Even when I took out a piece from the burnt edge, the inside was runny and soggy

  • ReedRG
    Mar 7, 2015