Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding

Chocolate chips and bread pudding go hand in hand at the holidays in this dessert, which is topped with a brown sugar sauce.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cool Time:
1 hrs
Bake Time:
50 mins
Total Time:
20 mins


  • 6 cup dry firm white bread cubes or dry French bread cubes*

  • 1 ¼ cup semisweet chocolate pieces

  • 1 cup coarsely chopped pecans, walnuts, or almonds

  • 4 eggs

  • 3 cup milk

  • 1 cup sugar

  • 1 tablespoon vanilla

  • Brown-Sugar Sauce (see recipe below)

Brown-Sugar Sauce

  • 1 cup packed brown sugar

  • 2 tablespoon cornstarch

  • ½ cup water

  • cup half-and-half or light cream

  • ¼ cup light-colored corn syrup

  • 2 tablespoon butter

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  1. Place dry bread cubes in the bottom of a well-buttered 13x9x2-inch baking dish (3-quart rectangular). Sprinkle the chocolate and pecans, walnuts, or almonds over dry bread cubes and set aside.

  2. In a large mixing bowl, beat together eggs, milk, sugar, and vanilla. Pour egg mixture over the bread, the chocolate pieces, and the nuts. Gently push down on the bread cubes with the back of a large spoon, making sure the bread absorbs the egg mixture, and the chocolate pieces and nuts are covered with the egg mixture.

  3. Bake, uncovered, in a 350 degree F oven for 50 to 60 minutes or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean. If the top starts to over-brown, cover loosely with foil until custard is set. Cool the bread pudding slightly. Serve warm with Brown-Sugar Sauce. Makes 12 servings.

Brown-Sugar Sauce

  1. In a small heavy saucepan, stir together brown sugar and cornstarch. Stir in water. Add half-and-half or light cream, light-colored corn syrup and butter. Cook and stir over medium heat until bubbly (mixture may look curdled). Cook and stir for 2 minutes more. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Serve warm over bread pudding. (Cover and chill any leftover sauce for up to 3 days.) Makes 1-1/2 cups sauce, twelve 2-tablespoon servings of sauce.

*To dry bread cubes:

Spread the bread cubes in a shallow baking pan. Bake in 300 degree F oven for 10 to 15 minutes or until dry, stirring twice; cool.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

441 Calories
18g Fat
67g Carbs
9g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 441
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 18g 23%
Saturated Fat 9g 45%
Cholesterol 86mg 29%
Sodium 208mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 67g 24%
Protein 9g
Vitamin C 0.6mg 3%
Calcium 121.2mg 9%
Iron 1.4mg 8%

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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