As if bread and butter pudding isn’t decadent enough, I’ve gone for an upgrade using soft and buttery brioche bread and chocolate spread to make my extra indulgent Chocolate Bread Pudding. It’s perhaps not an everyday pud but its a real corker of a treat!
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This recipe for Chocolate Bread Pudding came about as I was staying with friends and offered to make a pudding for a celebration meal that night.
As I was standing in the supermarket thinking about what I could make in someone else’s house with minimal equipment, a squidgy loaf of brioche caught my eye.
With only 7 ingredients, all easily available to buy in that supermarket, Chocolate Bread Pudding was a no brainer. And so I headed off to see what jars of chocolate spread I could find. I settled on a non hazelnut variety as I often find that Nutella can be a little overpowering.
There was not a jot of dessert left at the end of the evening so I think it was a good call!
I’m good with recipes living in my head but I didn’t have a clue about the ratios that I would need to make the custard part of the pudding.
As we now live in the future, I stood in the aforementioned supermarket and found a Nigella Lawson brioche bread and butter pudding recipe on my phone. I quickly adapted it in my head to be chocolatey without being too chocolatey.
How to Serve Chocolate Brioche Bread Pudding
I am going to insist that you please serve this dessert hot. The butter in the brioche warms and melts into the bread to make the whole thing extra soft and tasty. The chocolate gets melty and the whole thing is simply more delicious.
This is a great pudding for a celebration. I’ve made it as an alternative to Christmas pudding, for Easter celebrations, birthday parties and all manner of occasions in between. I’ve never been left with anything but a clean dish and very happy guests.
Make Chocolate Bread Pudding into a Feast
I truly believe that you can make any dish into a proper feast! Whether thats a feast for one after work on a Tuesday, a casual feast for four on a Friday evening or a feast for 12 for a special occasion!
This bread pudding can be served at the end of almost any feast! It would be especially fabulous as part of a Sunday Feast including my Paprika Roast Chicken, Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Baked Red Onions.
Or served after an especially British themed feast including my corned beef and bacon stuffed Pan Aggie. We’ll just ignore that the brioche is French!!
Of course there is nothing to say that you can only serve one pudding at a Feast. It is especially great to include other varying desserts like my Fig Upside Down Cake and/or Peach and Ginger Crumble when feeding a larger crowd.
Don’t forget to head over to my Feast Collection pages to find all of my tips and tricks to help you host a fun and stress-free feast. Plus remember to check out my recipe index to create your own awesome Feast!
Ingredients for Chocolate Bread Pudding
I have already talked above above how I chose not to use Nutella as my chocolate spread of choice due to the prevalence of the flavour that it gives. A more neutral milk chocolate spread allows the brioche flavour to come through.
I also wouldn’t tend to use a very expensive high cocoa percentage spread. This is not really a grown-up dessert! Of course the choice of spread you use is entirely up to you but that is my preference.
If you don’t want to or don’t have any brioche to hand, you could use regular white bread for this recipe. I would aim for something a little softer and cheaper than a sourdough type loaf.
The other option is to use those little brioche finger buns. Even better would be the kind that come with choc chips already in them. Or, to be extra decadent, you could use croissants or pain au chocolat. Now there’s an idea!
This recipe is for one large pudding. You could make smaller individual puddings, in which case I would cut each of my ‘sandwiches’ into 4 or even 8 triangles before adding to smaller dishes.
Make it Vegetarian or Vegan
Great news veggies! There are no ingredients in this recipe which aren’t suitable for vegetarians!
You’re a little trickier to accommodate vegans! The first thing to do is to make sure that whichever bread you decide to use doesn’t contain any dairy or egg products. Brioche contains milk, butter and eggs so will not be ideal!
You will then need to source a vegan chocolate spread. There are many free-from versions nowadays so should not be that tricky. And dairy free choc chips (or just leave these out).
Next is the custard. I would eschew my recipe entirely and start with some Birds Custard Powder. You did know that its vegan right? Mr Bird’s wife was allergic to eggs so in 1837 he invented a custard that she could eat. Nifty piece of trivia too right!
So you need to make up a thin-ish custard using sugar and a plant-based milk then use it in the same way as in the recipe. Bingo!
Make it Allergy Friendly
This Bread Pudding Recipe is free from nuts.
Dairy Free: Follow the instructions for the vegan version above.
Egg Free: Follow the instructions to make birds custard in the vegan section above but you can use regular milk and cream. Also make sure that the bread you choose does not include egg. A milk bread loaf might be a good substitute.
Gluten Free: Use a gluten free brioche loaf or croissants in place of the brioche bread.
Please note that this recipe may contain other allergens not referred to above. For more information regarding any dietary information provided on this website, please refer to my Nutritional Disclaimer.
Equipment Notes for Chocolate Bread Pudding
A comprehensive list of the equipment used to make this recipe is included in the main recipe card below. Click on any item to see an example. There are no hard and fast rules so many items can be sensibly substituted to achieve the same results.
You can prepare the bread pudding up to a day in advance. Just make sure to keep it refrigerated. Also ensure that you bring it to room temp before cooking or expect to cook it for a little longer than stated in the recipe.
I would not recommend freezing the uncooked pudding but you can bake it then freeze it for a later day.
Leftover Chocolate Bread Pudding
You are unlikely to have too many leftovers here but if you do, just portion up the pudding and freeze. reheat in the microwave or the oven when you want a cheeky treat or pud.
Chocolate Bread Pudding Tips
Try not to push the bread down as you cut or the slices will be a bit pathetic! Using a large serrated knife and a gentle sawing motion is best.
To cut the brioche loaf into 16 even slices, simply keep halving the loaf and then halve each cut section. Repeat until you have 16 pieces.
Serve with lashings of custard!
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Chocolate Bread Pudding (With Brioche)
- 500 g Brioche Loaf - whole or pre-sliced
- 8 tbsp Milk Chocolate Spread
- 100 g Dark Chocolate Chips
- 2 tbsp Caster Sugar (Superfine Sugar)
- 5 Egg
- 500 ml Double Cream (Heavy Cream)
- 250 ml Milk
- Preheat the oven to 170c or equivalent.
- Slice a 500g Brioche Loaf into 16 slices. Or just separate the slices of a pre sliced loaf.
- Lay half of the brioche slices out on a board, then dollop 8 tbsp Milk Chocolate. Use 1 tbsp of chocolate spread on each slice.
- Spread the chocolate spread to the edges of each slice.
- Make sandwiches using the remaining slices of brioche. I had 15 slices so left the last one!
- Cut each sandwich in half on the diagonal. Do the same for any lone slice and make a half sandwich! You should now have 15/16 pieces again.
- Squidge the 16 triangles into you baking dish. You can try to be pretty but it might get tricky towards the end.
- Sprinkle over 100g Dark Chocolate Chips making sure they fall into all of the cracks and crevices.
- Separate 3 Eggs and discard the whites (or reserve them for another dish).
- Make up the custard by mixing 2 tbsp Caster Sugar with the 3 egg yolks, 2 whole Eggs, 500ml Double Cream and 250ml Milk.
- Pour the custard over the brioche sandwiches and leave it to soak in for at least 10 minutes before covering the dish in foil. You might need to add some, let it soak in a bit and then add the rest if you are in danger of overflow.
- Put it into the oven for 20 minutes before removing the foil and cooking for a further 25 minutes.
- Serve the pudding fresh from the oven with lashings of custard. Or Cream. Or crème fraiche if you must.