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Makeover Chocolate Croissant Pudding

“My father is French, and I have a lot of family recipes that involve croissants. Any way to make this one healthier?” Our test kitchen transformed one of Sonya’s best-loved recipes into a delectable, slimmed-down version without giving up the croissants she loves. —Sonya Labbe, Santa Monica, California
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Bake: 55 min. + standing
  • Makes
    12 servings


  • 6 day-old croissants, split
  • 2/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 8 eggs
  • 5 cups 2% milk
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract


  • Place croissant bottoms in a 13x9-in. baking dish coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle with chocolate chips and replace croissant tops.
  • In a large bowl, combine the eggs, milk, sugar and vanilla; pour over croissants. Let stand for 10 minutes or until croissants are softened.
  • Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 55-60 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Let stand for 10 minutes before cutting.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 326 calories, 14g fat (7g saturated fat), 166mg cholesterol, 313mg sodium, 41g carbohydrate (30g sugars, 1g fiber), 11g protein.

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  • Catquea
    Jan 1, 2013

    I made this with Chocolate Rasberry chips PLUS I can read and follow directions !!! When it says it is not done until a knife comes out clean to ME that is exactly what it means the saying goes..."if all else fails...FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS" There wasn't any left to worry about the chocolatee solidifyingand ahd there been ..of COURSE I would have warmed it up !! Works better that way when you put ice cream on top or drizzle more chocolate syrup or warmed berry jam on it while it is warm ! That what was missing :-) <>

  • administrator
    Dec 2, 2011

    Added butterscotch chips to mini chocolate chips and used mini croissants. It was great!

  • dnietert
    Nov 30, 2011

    I find it hard to believe this can be a make over recipe. I calculated it would be 9 points plus on the Weight Watcher's system which is a lot

  • carwis
    Nov 30, 2011

    It is missing something.I fixed it last year for a family dinner we all thought it was something missing.if I can figure it out what it needs.

  • slvrscren
    Jan 15, 2011

    The croissants make this bread pudding very delicious. My only problem is the chocolate. We did not finish this dessert, so it got put into the refrigerator and (of course) the chocolate resolidified, so you sort of crunch into cold chocolate. My only suggestion is to eat it all (HA!) if you can or reheat it in the microwave prior to eating leftovers.Unlike the other rater of this recipe, I found it to be flavorful, however, it does have a little bit of a slimy feel to it if you don't let it sit long enough prior to cutting and eating.

  • woodbury1
    Dec 4, 2010

    Made this recipe this morning and it was horrible. I did bake it for 60 minutes and did the knife test in the center. It came out dry. Waited 15 minutes and cut into it...slimmy! Tastelesss. So happy I tested this first before serving it for Christmas brunch. I would pass on this one if I were you.