Rich & Creamy Pudding and Mousse Recipes

The Comfort Dessert has reached a new, decadent high with these pudding and mousse recipes. Serve over the holidays or whenever a creamy dessert is in order.


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Bread Pudding with Chocolate and Brandied Cherries
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Bread Pudding with Chocolate and Cherries

    This luscious bread pudding features rich vanilla custard, chunks of bittersweet chocolate, and brandy-plumped dried cherries.

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Rice Pudding with Dried Apricots

    Crystallized ginger adds a sweet note to this slow-cooker variation of traditional rice pudding.

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Amazing Creme Caramel

    Here's our version of a Latin dessert specialty known as flan. We steeped citrus peel and cinnamon with the milk to add flavor and then served it with raspberry or chocolate sauce. But you can also serve it solo.

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Pumpkin-Bourbon Pudding

    This fancy baked pudding features pumpkin, raisins, and bourbon, making it special enough for company. Serve it in individual dishes or in one family-size casserole.

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Cinnamon Raisin Apple Indian Pudding

    Serving this low-sugar fruity delight is a delicious way to keep carbs in check.

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Bittersweet Mousse

    Chocolate has an affinity to many fruits, but poached pears may rank as one of its most elegant partners. The rich bitterness of this mousse complements the mild sweetness of the pear perfectly.

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Browned Butter Bread Pudding

    Browned butter, dates, hazelnuts, and cinnamon make this satisfying dessert impossible to resist.

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Peanut Butter Mousse

    Try topping this creamy dessert with chopped peanuts and chocolate curls. Or, if you want a really sweet treat, sprinkle peanut butter chips over the top.

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Black Forest Bread Pudding

    Dotted with whole cherries and chocolate pieces and covered in a creamy chocolate-and-almond sauce, this pudding might be the eighth wonder of the world.

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Frozen Chocolate Nougat Mousse

    Nougat, a crispy white confection, can be found in Italian and other European import stores as well as in the candy section of some supermarkets.

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Caramel-Apple Pudding Cake

    When you can't decide what kind of dessert to serve, this double-delicious pudding cake will please everyone. Served warm with a dollop of cinnamon ice cream, it's perfection.

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Ginger Pumpkin Mousse

    Serve this creamy, spicy mousse as a light finish to a holiday meal. Look for crystallized or candied ginger in the spice section.

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Apple Pudding Pie

    It's a sweet marriage of two desserts: double-apple bread pudding (fresh apples and applesauce) baked in a pie with a streusel topper.

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Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding

    Chocolate chips and bread pudding go hand-in-hand at the holidays in this dessert from our Test Kitchen. We added a warm brown-sugar sauce.

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Apricot-Pumpkin Bread Pudding

    Another time, try this bread pudding with raisins or dried cherries in place of the snipped dried apricots.

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Georgie Porgie Pudding

    Stir two well-loved flavors -- chocolate and peanut butter -- into one astounding pudding.

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Banana-Pecan Streusel Bread Pudding

    Bananas add even more appeal to an old-fashioned dessert. In this version, croissants substitute for bread, increasing the rich flavor. Top each serving with whipped cream, French vanilla ice cream, or butter brickle ice cream for the ultimate dessert.

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Maple-Pecan Bread Pudding

    Dating to the 1800s, bread puddings were commonly made to use up stale bread. Today they're still a delicious treat, fixed with a wide range of flavors. This one uses orange, maple, spices, and pecans.

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Apple Bread Pudding

    Chopped apple, raisins, or prunes and an apple juice-based sauce sweeten this traditional favorite.

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Raisin Bread Pudding with Whiskey Sauce

    Raisins mingle with day-old French bread and the result is truly sublime, as is the rich sauce that blankets every serving. It's an indulgence well worth the calories.

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Pumpkin Spice Creme Brulee

    Creamy and rich is how our taste panel describes this high-class option to pumpkin pie. Although traditionally a creme brulee has a solid crust of caramelized sugar, we made it easier and simply drizzled it on.

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Berry Pudding Cake

    The "cake" top bakes while the berries bubble in their own juicy sweetness underneath.

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Fluffy Cranberry Mousse

    This sweet-tart mousse takes only 20 minutes to make and provides a light, airy dessert option.

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Peanut Butter Mousse

    As an option to piping the mousse into small portions, place it all in a bowl and let everyone dip into it with big chunks of the chocolate bar.

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Bread Pudding and a Kiss

    This yummy treat was inspired by one created by pastry chef Dan Hahn of Taste on Melrose in Iowa City, Iowa. His bread puddings have a rich chocolate truffle tucked into each center and are topped with a drizzle of caramel sauce.

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Pear and Cranberry Panettone Pudding

    Make a versatile panettone bread pudding that can double as dinnertime dessert or a brunch entree.

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Melted Ice Cream Mousse

    A no-fail, extra-chocolaty version of the dessert favorite.

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Cardamom Cranberry Rice Pudding

    Evaporated fat-free milk makes rice pudding taste rich and creamy without adding fat.

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Festive Rice Pudding

    Arborio rice is a short-grain rice used for risotto. It's available in grocery stores and Italian markets.

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White Chocolate Mousse with Cherry Sauce

    Bring a delicious ending to dinner with this divine make-ahead dessert of white chocolate, cream, and cherries.

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