Chocolate Bread Pudding

A sweet start to the new year….


We had a potluck dinner party for New Year’s at a friends place. I chose to make dessert and decided on a simple chocolate bread pudding.

You will need:

1 lb loaf French or Italian bread, cut into cubes (about 15 cups)
3 cups milk
1/4 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup coffee-flavored liqueur
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 teaspoons pure almond extract
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
6 large eggs, lightly beaten
8 ounces semisweet chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.

Lightly grease a 13 by 9-inch baking dish. Place the bread in the baking dish.

In a large bowl, whisk together the milk, cream, and liqueur.

In another bowl, combine the granulated and brown sugars with the cocoa powder and mix well. Add this to the milk mixture and whisk to combine.

Add the vanilla and almond extracts and the cinnamon to the beaten eggs. Combine the egg mixture with the milk mixture and mix well. Stir in chocolate chips. Pour the mixture evenly over the bread cubes; let stand, stirring occasionally, for at least 20 minutes, or until the bread has absorbed most of the milk mixture. Bake the pudding for 1 hour, or until set; a knife inserted into the center of the pudding should come out clean. Serving the pudding warm, or refrigerate it and serve chilled.

Serve it warm or cold, with whipped cream or a dessert sauce. I served mine with sweet whipped cream. The whipped cream helps lightly mellow the chocolatey goodness of the pudding.

I piped the whipped cream on top before serving it at the party, and had to take a quick picture before it was gone!

This is off to JFI- Chocolate, hosted by Deepz of Letz Cook.

21 comments:

  1. sounds heavenly! feel like just biting into the pic!

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  2. My kids would love that, looks delicious!:)

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  3. Thanks Suman and Asha :)

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  4. Drool..it looks so moist

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  5. It looks great..it surely would have vanished in seconds

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  6. wow! this sure seems simple. its awesome for me to make when i have a sudden craving for chocolate. bookmarked! :)

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  7. Thanks Shankari and E, yup it was all gone before I knew it!

    Thanks Nags,do try it :)

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  8. yummy yummy bread pudding namratha adding chocolate makes it more delecious

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  9. The bread pudding so delicious, Namratha....
    I just saw ur profile location, u live in Smyrna, GA...I used to live there till August, last year....a nice place

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  10. Yummy pudding Namratha! Happy New Year to You!

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  11. that pudding looks soo good..i would have a hard time to share ;)

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  12. Interesting twist to Bread Pudding. I like it. I am glad it turned out yummy and your friends enjoyed it.

    Thanks,
    Sharona May
    http://birdfood-sharona.blogspot.com/

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  13. Hi Namratha, happy New year@!

    I had this dessert at this year's new year party n it was good. Would love to try your recipe at home.. :)

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  14. Thanks Sagari :)chocolate sure does make everything better :-D

    Hey that's nice to know Bhags, we moved here in June..

    Thanks Raks, a very happy new year to you too! :)

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  15. Hehe, I can totally understand that Rajitha :-D

    Thanks Sharona, glad you could stop by :)

    Oh that's great Grihini, sure do try it, wishing u too a wonderful new year! :)

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  16. Namratha that looks so delicious. Chocolate must've been a great variation to the usual bread pudding. Hope to try it sometime.

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  17. Yummy, I grew up eating bread pudding but never chocolate!!! I have to try this :)

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  18. I had never seen or heard of chocolate bread pudding until these past two weeks when yours was one of three! Fantastic! Bookmarked already as I love the cinnamon-chocolate combo; whipped cream- definitely the topping of choice to complement the dense texture. Beautiful cut strawberry BTW.

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  19. Hi Namrata,
    You've got an awesome blog out here!
    Am planning to make this bread pudding for a potluck on Sunday. Is there an alternate for coffee liquer? In my grocery store, I could find only big bottles and I dont know if I'll use it for anything else...So wanna know if I can use anything instead....

    Thanks!
    Visa

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  20. Thanks Visa :)You can either leave the liqueur out altogether from the recipe or you can substitute with 1/2 cup of freshly made coffee. The consistency and the taste may be slightly different.

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  21. Thanks Namratha...
    I'll try the coffee tip.
    Also,I read some reviews about this dessert in another site..Do you think the almond extract was overpowering the taste?
    Am just waiting to try this one n dig in :)
    Thanks once again!!

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