Chocolate Croissant Bread Pudding

Prep time: 15 minutes.
Stand time: 1 hour.
Cook time: 40 to 45 minutes total.

 

Ingredients:

  • 4 to 5 large croissants, cut into 1-inch cubes to measure 6 cups
  • 5 tablespoons softened butter, divided
  • 2 cups half and half
  • 6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 / 3 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Powdered sugar for garnish
  • Fresh mint for garnish

 

Cooking Instructions:

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spread croissant cubes on a baking sheet. Bake until lightly toasted; set aside and turn oven off. Spread 1 tablespoon butter in the bottom of an 8 or 9-inch square baking dish and add toasted croissant cubes. Heat half and half and remaining butter in a medium saucepan until almost boiling; slowly whisk in chocolate and vanilla; let cool for 10 minutes. Whisk together sugar and eggs in a medium bowl and slowly whisk in chocolate mixture. Pour over croissant cubes, making sure that all are coated with chocolate mixture. Let stand for 1 hour and preheat oven to 350°F. Bake for 35 minutes. Serve warm dusted with powdered sugar.

 

Makes 8 servings.

 

Pairing Suggestion: Pairs with California Pinot Noir Wine