Calling all chocolate lovers! When you really want to take your love for all things chocolate to the next level, this Salted Chocolate Bread Pudding is the decadent dessert you have been waiting for. This upgraded bread pudding combines challah bread and rich chocolate custard with the light, crunchy and delicate flavors of finishing sea salt.
It doesn’t take much of an excuse for me to indulge in one of my all-time favorite desserts — bread pudding. And although bread pudding is fantastic as-is, there are so many ways to make it. But there is just something about chocolate and sea salt that makes this version one for the books.
My grandmother would only make her bread pudding twice a year, and you better believe I was pretty close to the kitchen. The difference between this recipe and my grandmother’s is most definitely the chocolate and sea salt. And we all know what chocolate and sea salt add to any recipe.
A little background on bread pudding…
Bread pudding actually goes all the way back to the 11th and 12th centuries, when it was used in sweet dishes so stale bread would not go to waste. The dessert would be coined “poor man’s pudding” due to the nature of its humble beginnings during those times. This dessert is now enjoyed in many homes and restaurants and is a staple in Creole cuisine.
Ingredients you’ll need to make chocolate bread pudding:
- The secret to a great bread pudding is the bread. I typically use challah or brioche for my bread. However, French bread will work as well. Whichever bread you choose, you’ll want it to be stale before using it. Allow it to sit overnight, and the next day it will be ready to soak up all that chocolate custard goodness.
- Chocolate bread pudding needs lots of chocolate, and for this, you’ll need semi-sweet chocolate chips. Add a bit in between the cubes of bread before layering on the chocolate custard and use some in the end to layer on top.
- To create your custard sauce, combine evaporated milk, butter, sugar, brown sugar, eggs, honey, vanilla extract, ground nutmeg, ground cinnamon, and ground turmeric.
- The ingredient that brings this dessert together is sea salt. It is the perfect finisher for this bread pudding and enhances its flavor, texture, and overall experience.
How to make chocolate bread pudding:
Prepare the challah. You want to make sure your challah bread loaf sits for at least a day before starting this recipe. Cut the bread loaf into cubes and set to the side.
Make the chocolate. Add the butter and chocolate chips to a warm cooking pot on low heat and stir until melted. Once the chocolate is smooth and creamy, remove from heat. In a large bowl, add evaporated milk, sugar, brown sugar, eggs, honey, vanilla extract, ground nutmeg, ground cinnamon, and ground turmeric. Whisk until well combined. Fold this mixture into the melted chocolate.
Prepare the bead pudding before baking. Place the bread pieces into a casserole dish along with a handful of chocolate chips dispersed evenly in between the bread cubes. Pour your chocolate custard sauce evenly over the bread pieces and cover. Place in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour.
Bake. When it’s ready for the oven, sprinkle on a few more chocolate chips. Bake this dish at 350 degrees for 45 minutes, then remove from heat.
Finish. Sprinkle the finishing sea salt evenly over the top of the dish to enhance the flavor profile and texture. Allow it to cool for 10 minutes, then serve.
What is the consistency of bread pudding?
When your bread pudding is removed from the oven and cooled when you cut into the desert, it should be moist, soft, somewhat mushy/wet, but remain intact (and whole) when removed from the baking dish. The key is to make sure your bread is completely soaked before baking.
If you’re a chocolate lover and a fan of bread pudding, this Salted Chocolate Bread Pudding will be right up your alley.
You can serve this warm topped with vanilla ice cream or simply with a dollop of whipped topping. Either way, you feel like you are eating a dessert made special for you that is perfect for the holidays. Enjoy!Print