Orange-Chocolate Bread Pudding

Total Time:
2 hr 50 min
2 hr 15 min
35 min

6 servings

  • 4 cups whole milk
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar, plus more for sprinkling
  • 1 12 -ounce can (11/2 cups) frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed
  • 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons bourbon
  • 2 large eggs plus 6 egg yolks
  • 12 cups day-old challah bread cubes
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, plus more for greasing
  • 3/4 cup bittersweet chocolate chunks
  • Pinch of salt
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • Heat the milk, 1 cup sugar and 1/2 cup orange juice concentrate in a saucepan over medium-low heat until the sugar dissolves, stirring. Cool slightly. (It's OK if the mixture curdles slightly.)

  • Whisk the milk mixture, 2 tablespoons bourbon and the whole eggs and yolks in a large bowl; fold in the bread. Cover and refrigerate until the liquid is absorbed, about 1 hour 30 minutes.

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter a 9-by-13-inch baking dish. Fold the chocolate chunks into the bread mixture. Spread evenly in the baking dish and sprinkle with sugar. Bake until a knife inserted into the center comes out clean, about 1 hour 20 minutes.

  • Meanwhile, make the sauce: Melt 4 tablespoons butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add the remaining 1/2 cup sugar and cook, stirring, until lightly caramelized, 5 to 6 minutes. Whisk in the remaining 1 cup orange juice concentrate, 3/4 cup bourbon and the salt. Cook until thick, 10 to 15 minutes. Stir in the cream and simmer until the sauce coats a spoon, about 10 more minutes. Slice the bread pudding and drizzle with the sauce.

  • Photograph by Kana Okada

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