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Dark Chocolate Croissant Bread Pudding

Total Time

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

Makes

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

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  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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