Chocolate Bread Pudding

Total Time:
1 hr 40 min
Prep:
20 min
Inactive:
20 min
Cook:
1 hr

Yield:
10 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 1 (1-pound) loaf French or Italian bread, cubed
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup coffee flavored liqueur
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons almond extract
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 6 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 8 ounces semisweet chocolate, grated
  • Whipped cream (optional)
Directions

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.

Lightly grease a 13 by 9-inch baking dish and place the bread in the dish. In a large bowl, whisk together the milk, cream, and liqueur. Using another bowl, combine the sugar, brown sugar, and cocoa powder and mix well. Add the sugar mixture to the milk mixture and mix well. Add the vanilla and almond extract, and cinnamon to the beaten eggs. Combine the egg mixture to the milk mixture and mix well.

Stir the grated chocolate into the mixture. Pour the mixture over the cubed bread in the pan. Let the mixture stand, stirring occasionally for approximately 20 minutes or until bread absorbs most of the milk mixture. Bake pudding for 1 hour or until set. Check pudding by inserting a knife through the middle and it should come out clean.

Serve the pudding warm, or refrigerate and serve chilled with whipped cream if desired.


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The recipe is AMAZING AMAZING AMAZING. I used crispy bread from the deli. It added a wonderful crunch with the soft. I didn't have any almond so I left it out.  Don't miss it. The chocolate is so chocolate and so good. If you like chocolate this is for you. I used Kahlua reg. <div>didn't modify this at all NOT NECESSARY. ITS AMAZING JUST AS IT IS.</div> item not reviewed by moderator and published
Read all the 5-star reviews--most have major modifications! This is nasty as written....BUT, take out the almond extract and Kahlua, and bump up the chocolate (6 tablespoons cocoa, 12 oz. chocolate chips, divided), it is great. Specifically, I used challah (16 oz.), omitted the almond and vanilla extracts, and replaced the Kahlua with 1/2 cup brewed coffee. I melted 6 tbsp cocoa and 1/2 bag chocolate chips into 1 cup of the milk called for in the recipe, then added this to the batter; stirred in rest of the bag of unmelted chips. Can toss it all together in the a.m., then cook in greased 6 qt slow cooker 4 hrs on low, and keeps warm for hours, for a party. Fantastic--but not the original recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Easy! I used mocha Kahlua as that is what I had on hand. I used chocolate chips because I failed at chopping them in the Ninja blender. I would recommend topping this with homemade whipped cream (Thanks Ninja!). It helps to cut the sweetness. Sent to work with the spouse, people have requested me to make for the next team event! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I've made this several times just as the recipe states, except I cheat and use semi-sweet chocolate chips. I serve it with a warm white rum sauce. It's the best &amp; everyone loves it! I LOVE the extract flavors!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
My husband is not a bread pudding fan, but had seen a chocolate bread pudding on tv last night and said he wanted to try it. I immediately thought of your website and found a recipe. I had all the ingredients on hand and my son and I whipped up a batch. It was a hit with the whole family. We will be making this again. Thank you! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Take out the almond extract and this is amazing! I make this all the time for holidays and parties and everyone loves it. Best served warm with some warm heavy cream poured over the top. I will never use another recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Absolutely delicious. I did cut down on the almond extract--but only by a little!! I can't stop making it and I can't stop eating it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
We were very disappointed in this recipe, seemed to be too many competing flavors. We decided that it was either the almond extract, the Kahlua, or both which just seemed out of place. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Liqueur taste too strong. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe was fantastic! Although, I did cut down on the sugar. I used 1/2 cup granulated and 1/2 cup brown. 2 full cups of sugar just sounded way too sweet to me. The chocolate was amazing! I will definitely be making this recipe often. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I'm afraid I found this recipe far too cloying and sweet. The ingredients fought with one another. There was no subtlety. The almond extract was overpowering and the coffee liquer added only calories. My guests, one of whom is a bread pudding fanatic, picked at their portions and left some behind on their plates. Sadly I used very good chocolate and thought it wasted. I would not bother to make this recipe again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Over the top delicious..I added orange liquor bc thats what I had..I served it warm with butter peacn ice cream and whipped cream. It was definitely a winner and SO EASY..I did it ahead and just zapped in micro for a few seconds before serving.And I didnt seperate and then add the ingridents..I just didnt see the need. I just added the ingredients in the order listed to one bowl and pour it over the cubbed bread and let soak in for the 20 min suggested. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this with chocolate Panetoni bread and omg it was sinful cause tge bread had bits of chocolate in it that melted in pockets. Chocolate lover in the family this is a must! item not reviewed by moderator and published
OMG, this was one of the most delicious desserts I've ever made. So easy and everyone went nuts for it. I served it with Kelsey Nixon's Salted Caramel Sauce (do a search for it on the FN site and it was amazing. I'd make again in a heartbeat. It had tons of flavor and was great straight out of the oven. Must serve warm! item not reviewed by moderator and published
WOW~Loved this dish! I used french steak rolls that were too dry to use for lunches and they worked perfectly. Also did not use liquor or almond and used semi-sweet chocolate chips (a few handfuls instead of shaved chocolate. Served warm with cool whip - absolutely delicious!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I used this very same recipe and put Panettone Bread (Italian sweet bread and used all the other ingredients and it is DEVINE! Gotta try it! May be too sweet for some but perfect for me! item not reviewed by moderator and published
So excited to taste this, used raisins and cashews cause he loves it. wish I could show you how it looks. Thanks for the incentives to bake something different. xoxo btw. wonderful show as usual!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This has become a favorite with family and friends. I add nuts and omit the almond extract. Soooooooooo good! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have never been a big bread pudding fan but this was Yummy!! Of course I can never make anything the way the recipe reads, so this is how I made it....I used left over english muffins that needed to be used used up. I didn't have whole milk, heavy cream or any liquior, so I used 1% milk and coconut milk in place of the heavy cream and liquior. Of course you can never have enough chocolate so I put in 1 1/2 cups semi sweet chocolate chips. It was so yummy, everybody loved it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Had a bag of 5-day old bakery hamburger buns on my counter-they were still soft-ish and hated throwing them out. My son is a chocoholic so I immediately thought of Chocolate Bread Pudding. I saw Paula's recipe and was intrigued by the "coffee liquer" (I used Kaluha, the extracts &amp; the two sugars. I halved the recipe and did weigh the buns so my proportion of liquid to bread would not be way off. I used all 1% milk, as I didn't have cream or even whole milk. It turned out STELLAR!!! I'm from Louisiana and I know that you can make bread pudding from anything. The best results are had when the proportion of custard (basically milk, egg, sugar, vanilla to bread (any kind will do-even cinnamon rolls is right. Letting the bread soak up the liquid is a must. I used chocolate chips as well but want to try this with the grated chocolate. Will make this again, soon and often. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this for my restaurant, it sold out in one night thanks! item not reviewed by moderator and published
GREAT recipe... This was a hit at my house a definite do over.. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Bread pudding is my favorite dessert if I had to pick one, and this is one of the best I've had. Very interesting mix of flavors with the coffee, cinnamon, chocolate, vanilla and almond. When you give it a beautiful presentation your guests will be really impressed. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a wonderful recipe, my family loves it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great recipe! I think it makes a difference if you use chocolate chips instead of taking the time to grate the chocolate. The grated chocolate melts into the bread more. I did not find this lacking in chocolate! :) Did not use almond extract as I simply do not care for it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
A little heavy on the almond extract and a little light on the chocolate. item not reviewed by moderator and published
loved it, my mother love love loves bread pudding and i adore chocolate, this wasa great winter dish for our christmas party! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Wonderful!!! Had it for Thanksgiving! everyone loved it and are asking for the recipe. The Irish Cream Sauce it a perfect match!! A must do. Man, Talking about it makes me want some more! item not reviewed by moderator and published
just great item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was my first time making Bread Pudding, and it came out great. We served it during a family reunion weekend and everyone was raving about it. Make sure you use hard bread; otherwise the pudding will be mushy. I purchased mine 3 days in advance so that it would be somewhat stale. We served it warm with some whipped cream and it was a big hit. You'll need to finish it within a day or so though, as it doesn't keep for very long. In terms of the almond extract other reviewers mention- we just used one tsp, and it was definitely more than enough. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was my first time making Bread Pudding, and it came out great. We served it during a family reunion weekend and everyone was raving about it. Make sure you use hard bread; otherwise the pudding will be mushy. I purchased mine 3 days in advance so that it would be somewhat stale. We served it warm with some whipped cream and it was a big hit. You'll need to finish it within a day or so though, as it doesn't keep for very long. In terms of the almond extract other reviewers mention- we just used one tsp, and it was definitely more than enough. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a very yummy bread pudding. I added raisins and it tasted like chocolate covered raisin bread pudding. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I never cook but this was just grrrrrrreatttt!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
MY FIRST TIME EVER EATING BREAD PUDDING IT WAS DELICIOUS!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is amazing. I made it for my family, and they ate it in about 3 days! The only alterations that I made was using less almond extract because it kind of overpowers it, when ive made it in the past. Also, i used walnuts, raisins, and added a whole bag of chocolate chips because hey, who doesnt love chocolate?! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Easy to make and oh so delicious! But don't kid yourself; It is BEST with the almond extract. It makes the other flavors POP..and makes the chocolate melt in your mouth with the recipe...it is worth the trip to the grocery store for its addition. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is excellent. I had never made bread pudding before. I love chocolate and thought you couldn't go wrong. It is so delicious. It is very rich, but you could eat the sauce with a spoon. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a fantastic recipe as written however, as a Southern gent, I have made a few add-ons and adjustments. 1. Instead of the milk and heavy cream, I replaced with 3 1/3 cups eggnog. 2.Instead of 2 Tsp. almond extract, I replaced with 2+ Tsp Creme De Cacao. 3. I addition to the Cinnamon called for by the recipe, I also add 1/2 Tsp. Nutmeg, 1/2 Tsp. Ground Cloves, &amp; 1/2 Tsp. Ginger. These are my add-ons for the Bread Pudding Portion. Also being from the south, I noticed the absence of Bourbon Sauce or any Sauce with this recipe. I have 2 different sauces to make and both very easy. Option #1 is Peppermint Sauce (creates mint choc. yum) 1 stick butter (1/4 cup) 1 cup sugar 1 egg 1/2 cup Peppermint Schnapps Slowly melt butter in Sauce Pan, Whisk in Schnapps, then Egg, and Finally Sugar. Heat to just short of a boil and remove from all heat. Use 1-2 Table spoons of sauce to serving. Option #2 is Chocolate Sauce (for choc. addicts only) 1 stick butter (1/4 cup) 1 cup sugar 1 egg 1/2 cup Creme De Cacao Same as above instructions. Paula as usual has another winning recipe! Chris item not reviewed by moderator and published
The best ever! I used stale home made dinner rolls, DARK chocolate and 1&amp;2 &amp; 1/2 instead of milk. Yes - it was RICH! I also melted some DARK choclate chips - added a little cream and vanilla and served warm on the side with the whipped cream on the side. Thanks Paula! bro bob in Muncie, IN item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was my first attempt at any sort of bread pudding and I was very pleased. I was afraid it would not turn out well because I've read many reviews which said the recipe works better with stale bread. But I used a regular baguette and it turned out beautifully. I also used chocolate chips instead of grated chocolate which was much less work and turned out nicely. The only thing I may do differently next time is put just a little less coffee flavored liquor (I used Kahlua). It added a nice flavor but was a little too much for me. item not reviewed by moderator and published
OMG this was so good. Best bread pudding ever. VERY good for die-hard chocoholics. lol item not reviewed by moderator and published
I am not a fan of bead pudding, at all, until now. Made this for my husband and it was incredible! Chocolately, smooth, and rich. It was a hit at Thankdgiving. So easy to make. You have got to try this. It makes several servings-great for a huge crowd. Add a little vanilla ice cream and you're good to go. You won'r belive how yummy this is! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I'm not sure if the bread pudding didn't cook right because of something I did but it came out as a soupy mess. I left the bread pudding in the oven for an hour and a half and it still wasn't done. I turned the heat up and it ended up being burnt on top and still gooey in the middle. Also, the almond extract is a little strong. I do a lot of baking and I think if I managed to make a chocolate souffle, I could pull of bread pudding. Not sure what went wrong but I won't be making it again to find out. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I don't even like bread pudding, but my husband loves it, so I tried this one because I DO like chocolate. EVERYONE was begging for 2nd &amp; 3rd servings &amp; asking for the recipe. It's wonderful &amp; very rich! Very easy to prepare, also. It's definately a "keeper" recipe! item not reviewed by moderator and published
In the show Paula used equal parts almond and vanilla (2 T). I agree with those that said use more vanilla than almond and a little less cinnamon. This was the best bread pudding I've ever had. You have to try it! item not reviewed by moderator and published
So easy to make. I also only used 1/2 tsp of almond and didn't put in many chocolate chips. Everyone loved this dish! Will be making again. Thanks Paula. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this bread pudding for my husband's birthday since he loves chocolate but does not like cake. Everyone loved it-- I only put 1/2 tsp of the almond extract 1/3 cup of whipping cream and I added two tablespoons of the coffe liquor. Also instead of the semi-sweet plain chocolate I used semi-sweet chocolate with hazelnuts mixed in. I also made a whipped topping and added some coffee liquor (kahlua) to it for the topping which was great. I am going to try this recipe with croissants next time (maybe even chocolate ones). item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this for my fiance' and his father. The compliments have not stopped. I substituted chocolate liquer for the coffee, turned out great. They ate it in three servings! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have not made this recipe yet, but I intend to with just a few modifications. I read all the reviews--some calling it moist and decadent, and others dry and flavorless. I think it has to do with the bread. When they say 1 pound, you need to weigh it and at least be in the ballpark. Also, fresher bread would soak up less custard, leaving a "gooier" finished product. Day-old or stale bread would yield a dryer product. I think that you should make the custard and then add the bread a bit at a time until it is the perfect consistency for you. You could also make extra custard. item not reviewed by moderator and published
figured out a short cut and was just as good. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I didn't use the almond extract because I don't like the flavor. It was delicious! item not reviewed by moderator and published
OMG! This is a great bread pudding recipe. Everyone loved it. This is the first Paula Deen recipe I've made. I'm definitely going to try more. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Two teaspoons of almond extract is too overpowering. Recipe is ok, but no wow factor. I may try it again with only 1/2 tsp of the almond - or eliminate it all together. This recipe is not real sweet, which is a good thing. I used splenda brown sugar mix and just under one cup of sugar. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is truly a simple and easy recipe, that anyone can follow! It's so nice, because you are alter things here and there, it's a snap! If you haven't tried this one.. It's a must! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was easy and delicious. This will be a regular in our house. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was delicious! Thank you so much for this wonderful recipe. It was easy to make a turned out just wonderful. I was going to take it to work to share with my co-workers, but decided to keep for myself. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I cut this recipe in half because I only had 3 eggs. I had leftover french bread and some leftover cream. Everything else I had on hand- very easy and fast. It worked out just fine. I thought it was tasty and unusual enough for company. It definately needs whipped cream! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I substituted croissants for the bread, and used a combination of white chocolate &amp; semi-sweet morsels...died &amp; went to heaven! item not reviewed by moderator and published
this was a big success my wife is a bread pudding fan and I wasn't sure how she'd like this - she loved it. This is terrific served warm with vanilla ice cream or whipped topping too. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was a very easy recipe to follow. I made it for a dinner party and everybody loved it. I added sliced almonds for some crunch and put in a little less sugar. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Good,not great. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have never had bread pudding before, so I decided to try this recipe. Oh my goodness....wonderful!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I don't much like bread pudding but my mother in law loves it . . . I hoped that this would make a good compromise. As it turns out, she didn't much like it and I loved it. It loses a star because of the almond extract. I found it to be overkill as did one of my friends. The other four people who had some couldn't even taste it so I think I'll leave it out altogether next time. And yes, there will be a next time. Incidentally, it's especially good with a custard sauce drizzled over it. *drool* item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was a terrific bread pudding recipe. There is not a bite without chocolate and the liquer gives it a bit of a bang. item not reviewed by moderator and published
this is currently my favorite recipe. Soooooo good, it's wrong! I am not a drinker and don't have it around, so i replaced the chocolate liqueur with half and half and a touch extra cocoa powder. I also use a whole bag of milk chocolate chips instead of shavings or whatever it calls for. And I let it soak for about 30 minutes instead of 20. Can you tell I've made it a few times!? But oh my gosh it is soooooo beyond good! I like it cold the next day! YUMMY! Good job, Paula! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Everyone gave this rave reviews! Made 2 changes - omitted the almond extract and substituted grand marinier for the coffee liqueur - delicious!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I never thought I would find a dessert that could even come close to my Grandmother's chocolate poundcake, but Paula you did it. This recipe is so easy to follow and comes out perfectly. I took the suggestion of others to reduce the amount of almond and a little less cinnamon. Perfect! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Love, love this dessert. If you like chocolate and bread pudding - I can't think of a better marriage. This is now one of our favorites - and it's so easy to make. I leave out the almond extract because I don't like almond - and we also use Kahula for the liquor. It makes a big batch. Leftovers taste great a week later too! I just polished off a dish of it -and felt compelled to write a review... it's that good! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was really good. I am a chocolate lover and it hit the spot. I used strong coffee in place of the alcohol and it worked well. item not reviewed by moderator and published
delicious, light dessert. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I liked the bread pudding. However, I think that the next time I make it I might use those little "donut gems" that come packaged in groups of 6 in the lunch cake section of the grocery store. I feel that the dense consistency of the donuts will turn out better than the cubes of soft french bread. Paula has a recipe for Krispy Kreme Bread Pudding, so why not use donuts? Also, this tasted way better heated up for a few seconds in the microwave the next day. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this for Thanksgiving dinner. I was not as pleased with this as some other of Paula's reciepes. I did not think it had enough "pudding" to it. I followed the reciepe and used Italian bread but I will not be fixing it again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
everyone loved it and it was so easy to make! it's tastes so yummy when it's warm. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The first time I made this I did everything wrong - including overcooking it, using the wrong type of chocolate, and way overdrying the bread -- and yet it still turned out delicious. A few tips, DON'T use baking chocolate...it doesn't melt in this dish. Also, if you dry your bread in the oven instead of leaving it out overnight, make sure you watch it so it doesn't turn into croutons. Enjoy! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is wonderful and chocolatey. My wife has never really liked bread pudding, but this has made her rethink her position. About the only thing I would do differently is use less almond extract, since for me the flavor comes through a little strong. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I brought this to a friend's for dessert. Everyone raved about it and asked me for the recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I especially love this recipe, because I'm not a fan of traditional bread puddings with raisins. This is great recipe for anyone who loves chocolate. I substituted lowfat milk for whole milk, have used both French bread and Challah bread, used Amaretto and Kahlua instead of coffee liquor, and have experimented with other types of chocolates besides semisweet and the recipe has always turned out delicious! Definitely liked by everyone that has tried it...yummy! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have never liked bread pudding but decided to try this receipe. I was so glad I did and will make this often. We all liked it. I cut the amount of sugar, and it was just nice. It got done in the time it stated, too. Thanks for a delicious receipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
What a delicious recipe! The combo of almond, coffee liquer, and chocolate blend and taste amazing! A little messy but well worth it! This is a great one to try if you want to impress company or family. They'll never know how easy it is to make unless you tell them! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this recipe for the first time and it was very easy to do! I did'nt have any coffee liqueur, so I used Amaretto in its place. WoW! What a wonderful treat! Thanks Paula item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a wonderful recipe, and as easy as it was delicious. My whole family raved about it. To 'guild the lilly' a little, I sprinked a cup of mini chocolate chips and a cup of toasted walnuts on before baking! Thanks Paula! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This dish is a crowd pleaser. I made it once for my bunko group of 12 ladies and the entire thing disappeared...they loved every mouthful. I am now making it for my Victorian tea group for a Mardi Gras celebration - I know these ladies will enjoy it as well. Thank you Paula. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this last weekend for a football watching party. If only the Packers had been anywhere near as successful as this wonderful dessert. I will definately make again and won't change a thing! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I took this to work and everyone loved it! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Easy to prepare, a real chocoholic crowd pleaser. Sinful enough to lure anyone off their diet. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this for Thanksgiving and it is awesome! It is so tasty and unique. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I was surprised how well this recipe tasted. My whole family of 5 liked it. This encouraged me to try other recipes I might otherwise not have tasted. keep up the good work-Thanks item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe caught my eye because I do not like tradional bread pudding but I love chocolate. Easy recipe and excellant flavor. Everyone loved it! Thanks Paula! item not reviewed by moderator and published
my husband said its a three, he liked it but didnt love it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
yummy hot, warm or cold. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is the kind of feel good home cooking that makes even the simplest of evenings special. You can't go wrong and your guests will appreciate this dish. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Children and parents will love this dessert. It is like eating super gooey chocolate cake. item not reviewed by moderator and published
My son says "why didn't I make this when he lived at home" That's about the best review I could get. I have had great sucess with every one of Paula's recipes I have tried so far. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is so good and flavorful, my family loves it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
As usual, Paula does not disappoint! I was not a bread pudding lover but I am now. This was a choclate lover's dream! The pudding was easy to make and very delicious. I did, however, leave out the coffee flavored liqueur as I don't care for that flavor but the pudding certainly didn't suffer for it. It is now a regular item on my catering company's menu! item not reviewed by moderator and published
The taste was wonderful. The prep time was fast except for grating the chocolate because I do not have the luxury of a food processor and did it manually which took some time to complete... item not reviewed by moderator and published
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Thank you so much for your suggestions. I did exactly what you said and it turned out excellent. I sort of felt it need more chocolate and I am so glad I read your review for making the recipe. :-) item not reviewed by moderator and published

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