Easy Chocolate Bread Pudding with Vanilla Whipped Cream

Chocolate Bread Pudding

Since my husband and I moved into our first home yesterday, getting acclimated to our new surroundings has been all about “comfort” lately. We’ve got comfortable new furniture, comforting words from friends and family, and of course, plenty of good comfort food. Pot pies and pork tenderloins are nice and all, but when it comes to comfort, bread pudding is it for me.

Chocolate Bread Pudding Recipe

Soft, warm and just like getting a big hug from a bowl, bread pudding never disappoints. It’s a tasty, cozy treat and a cinch to whip up with this easy recipe. Just heat some milk and toss in a few cups of cubed bread, then add cocoa powder, sugar and an egg yolk. Next goes in the vanilla extract (I like to use homemade), a tablespoon of butter and a single egg white. Pour the batter into individual ramekins for 3 servings, or into a baking dish for an extra helping. The baking times are the same for both methods, but any way you slice it, this bread pudding is dang delicious!

Chocolate Bread Pudding Vanilla Whipped Cream

I like to top mine with homemade vanilla whipped cream (the recipe is included) and a spoonful of strawberries, but you could instead use caramel sauce and any fruit you like. As an easy weeknight treat or a fancy yet down-home dessert for dinner guests, there’s nothing better!

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Easy Chocolate Bread Pudding with Vanilla Whipped Cream

Yield: Serves 3-4

Ingredients:

1 cup milk

3 cups crusty bread, crusts removed, cubed (I used a baguette)

1/4 cup granulated sugar

2 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder (I used Valrhona)

1 egg yolk, slightly beaten

1 tablespoon butter

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 egg white, stiffly beaten

1 cup heavy whipping cream

1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

1/4 cup powdered sugar

Directions:

In a large, heatproof bowl, pour milk. Microwave on high for 4 minutes, or until scalding hot. Carefully remove from microwave. Add bread to the bowl and toss until smooth and slightly textured. Add sugar, cocoa powder, and egg yolk. Beat until well blended. Add butter and vanilla. Fold in beaten egg whites.

Pour into an 8-inch square baking dish or 3 (4-ounce) ramekins. Set dish in a pan with about an inch of hot water. Bake at 350° for 40 minutes, or until firm.

In the meantime, prepare the whipped cream. In a medium-sized bowl, beat cream until it begins to thicken. Add powdered sugar and vanilla, and beat until soft peaks form. Store in the refrigerator.

Let bread pudding cool for about 30 minutes and then top with vanilla whipped cream. Serve.

Enjoy!

      

39 Responses to “Easy Chocolate Bread Pudding with Vanilla Whipped Cream”

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    warmvanillasugar — June 2, 2011 @ 7:14 am

    This might just be my new favorite dessert! Love this!

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    Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit — June 2, 2011 @ 11:22 am

    I haven’t had bread pudding in years, but I totally understand why you feel it’s comfort food. Congrats on your new home :)

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    thecompletecookbook — June 2, 2011 @ 11:47 am

    It’s easy to see why this your ultimate comfort pudding. so pleased you in your new home and I am sure you will be settled very soon. Wishing you and your husband many happy years there.
    :-) Mandy

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    Angie's Recipes — June 2, 2011 @ 11:53 am

    Chocolate bread pudding…mm…that looks just irresistible!

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    Oh yum! I love bread pudding, and this looks amazing!

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    brandi @ BranAppetit — June 2, 2011 @ 1:29 pm

    I’ve been seeing so many bread pudding recipes lately, but this is definitely the most chocolatey version :)

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    Lauren's Latest — June 2, 2011 @ 1:44 pm

    Chocolate and Strawberries? Sounds fantastic.

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    Jeno @ Weeknite Meals — June 2, 2011 @ 2:46 pm

    Wooow woooow woooow weeeee! This looks absolutely delicious! I have been in the mood to bake and this looks like something I should try real soon! Thanks for sharing and hope you guys are settling in nicely at Texas! Stay cool in the almost 100 degree weather we’ve got…

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    meeshiesmom — June 2, 2011 @ 4:07 pm

    I love a good bread pudding and this one really looks good.
    Karen

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    Baking Serendipity — June 2, 2011 @ 5:02 pm

    This does look comforting :) Did you unpack all your kitchen utensils just to make this? Because that is definitely something I would do. I like picturing you and your husband eating this amidst unpacked boxes :)

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    Lindsey I DandyDishes — June 2, 2011 @ 5:03 pm

    Oh my, when you mentioned adding caramel sauce I immediately started drooling! Can’t wait to try this :) And PS, congrats again on your new home!!

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    Rivki Locker (Ordinary Blogger) — June 2, 2011 @ 6:41 pm

    Love the word “EASY” in that recipe title. I’ve actually NEVER made bread pudding. This looks really nice. Will have to try it soon.

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    Paula @ Dishing the Divine — June 3, 2011 @ 3:46 am

    wow! that looks amazing… amazing… amazing. I’m drooling a bit…

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    Wendy — June 3, 2011 @ 4:56 am

    Love love love bread pudding…and w/chocolate and strawberries? Even better!! Hope you’re settling in and acclimating to the crazy Texas heat…I’m already over it, but it’s here until at least Sept.

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    yummychunklet — June 3, 2011 @ 6:05 am

    How yummy looking! And, I love the bold colors all contrasting against each other. Great post!

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    Jenn — June 3, 2011 @ 12:58 pm

    What a great little treat to come out of your first home!!! Looks wonderful and I’m usually not a fan of bread putting… then again, it is chocolate… I love chocolate!!!

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    Malli — June 3, 2011 @ 3:03 pm

    Decadent chocolate pudding… What a treat for the eyes and tummy!!Cheers

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    Karly — June 3, 2011 @ 3:15 pm

    Looks delicious!

    Hope you guys are getting settled in!

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    Nourhan @ Miss Anthropist's Kitchen — June 3, 2011 @ 8:04 pm

    This looks gorgeous! Congrats on the house :)

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    Lindsay@Pinchofyum — June 3, 2011 @ 8:34 pm

    I think I might just make this tonight. YUM.

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    Cristina — June 4, 2011 @ 12:11 am

    Hey Georgia: Congrats on your relocation and getting all settled in. How exciting to start again in a new place. There’s going to be so much to discover and a new and exciting culture. :)

    A vibrant and sweet treat in this chocolate bread pudding. Love the strawberries in contrast with the chocolate.

    Have a fantastic weekend in your new “Home Sweet Home” =)

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    Eftychia — June 5, 2011 @ 7:58 pm

    This is delicious and very nicely presented! Thanks for sharing!

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    marla — June 6, 2011 @ 1:03 pm

    Georgia, congrats on finally being in your new home. Sounds like you will settle in quickly. Love what you say here:
    “Soft, warm and just like getting a big hug from a bowl, bread pudding never disappoints.”
    This bread pudding looks amazing :)

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    Stephanie — June 6, 2011 @ 4:18 pm

    I just love chocalte bread pudding! What a great sweet treat to share in your new home!

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    Ainnl — June 6, 2011 @ 7:49 pm

    Bread pudding is also a comfort food for me, although the recipe I remember isn’t chocolate, and has chunks of bread in it, and raisins. But my boyfriend, who doesn’t have those memories, doesn’t like it–but he loves chocolate.

    So I tried your recipe tonight, with some substitutions: (1) sugar was replaced with agave syrup, (2) served with fresh rhubarb compote instead of cream, and (3) for the bread I used wholegrain bread crusts (I toss the ends of every loaf in the freezer and am always looking for ways to use them). It was quite a success! I will certainly be making it again–even with my heath-inspired modifications, it tasted decadent fresh out of the oven (it didn’t last long enough to get cold).

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    SavoringTime in the Kitchen — June 6, 2011 @ 9:20 pm

    Chocolate bread pudding is my favorite of all bread puddings. How delicious this looks with strawberries and whipped cream!

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    Nami @ Just One Cookbook — June 6, 2011 @ 9:50 pm

    Hi Georgia! I’ve been sick for the past 2 weeks and I just caught up reading all of your recipes since I left last time. The past weekend I finally made your Puff Pastry Donuts with my kids and it was really easy and delicious! Thank you! I’ll post the recipe one day in the future and will link to you. You always have lots of delicious food here!

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    blackbookkitchendiaries — June 8, 2011 @ 2:51 pm

    this looks amazing Georgia! i really love your photos:) you are so talented!

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    Val — June 8, 2011 @ 11:45 pm

    I truly need this in my life.

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    Claudia — June 9, 2011 @ 12:03 am

    I truly love breading and have never had a chocolate version. This shakes up my inner being and puts it at ease – so welcoming, so chocolatey, and yes – so comfortable. Many thanks for your visit.

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    Betty @ scrambled henfruit — June 9, 2011 @ 5:01 am

    I hope you’re settling in and enjoying your new home! That bread pudding looks delicious- I’m in a chocolate mood right now and that would hit the spot. :)

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    penandra — June 9, 2011 @ 2:04 pm

    Made this last night. I’ve not had bread pudding where the bread is soaked and then mixed so much (usually left in chunks), but I loved it this way!

    My only “substitution” (other than using the crusts of the bread — just can’t waste food) was actually an addition — chocolate chips. Mixed them in as an after thought — perfect! I have small single serve ramekins and this made four.

    Next time I have some left over bread that needs to be used up, I’m going to try mixing these up and freezing them before baking so that I’ll have desserts in the freezer to put into the oven.

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    Leslie — June 9, 2011 @ 7:59 pm

    Congrats on your new home!!!! How fun. The bread pudding looks evil! (Which is a GOOD thing)
    Oh and if you previously subscribed to my blog in a rss reader, my blog feed has changed, you might want to re-subscribe if you have not been getting my feeds

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    birdie to be — June 10, 2011 @ 4:18 pm

    Yum! Looks great! Especially topped with the fresh strawberries!

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    Maris (In Good Taste) — June 11, 2011 @ 10:53 am

    This is so tempting! I have to make it this weekend! Have a wonderful weened!

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    Laura Jeanne — June 11, 2011 @ 10:15 pm

    Georgia, this looks excellent. I am so happy you comment on my blog because now I found yours and I am absolutely following you will these delicious recipes. You pictures are phenomenal as well, I need to upgrade my camera soon.
    Thanks for sharing.
    ahealthyjalapeno.com
    Laura

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    LimeCake — June 12, 2011 @ 11:06 am

    Oh,yum! bread pudding is just so comforting and delicious! And chocolate? Mmmm….

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    Roxana GreenGirl — June 13, 2011 @ 2:57 am

    Congrats on your new home Georgia. Hope you’ll get settled soon.
    The pudding sounds great, no wonder it’s your comfort food.
    thanks for sharing

    hope you’ll have a great week

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    Brenda Womack — November 24, 2013 @ 8:53 pm

    Absolutely fabulous!! Needed a quick chocolate fix and that more then took care of it! Super quick and satisfying!

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