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Chocolate Bread and Butter Pudding

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Okay, first put out of your head that this is a plain ol’ bread pudding, because this easy Chocolate Bread and Butter Pudding is ANYTHING but ordinary! Simple, whole food ingredients, turn bread, chocolate, cream and eggs into a rich, gooey, decadent chocolate delight!

Make it for a special breakfast or dessert! Think Christmas morning, Valentine’s treat, Easter…you get the idea!

Looking for more make ahead delicious breakfasts? Try our Overnight Cinnamon French Toast, Soft Gooey Cinnamon Rolls, or Chile Relleno Casserole.

Chocolate bread and butter pudding with serving of pudding in crystal glass drizzled with creme anglaise sauce.

A dear friend of mine brought this delicious dessert over for my birthday last year and WOWZA! I had to have the recipe.

Spoonful of gooey, pudding like chocolate bread pudding.

It’s a recipe from Delia Online, a lovely food and so much more blog! I have made a few slight adaptations for my tastes.

Pretty red casserole filled with chocolate bread pudding.


Yes, in fact, the longer it will sit the better. What I love most about this recipe, is that it is better to make it 1-2 days ahead of time, allowing all those flavors to mingle before baking.

Know what? I made this for my book club and due to a snowstorm was cancelled, it actually stayed in my fridge for 5 days before I baked it and it turned out great!

Spoon of vanilla creme anglaise pouring over the chocolate bread pudding in crystal glass.

Ingredients for Chocolate Bread and Butter Pudding

Measurements and instructions are in the printable recipe card at the end of the post.

  • Good quality bread (day old), I used Challah bread (other soft, breads like brioche or a good white bread work well too)
  • Quality dark chocolate, 70-75% cocoa solids
  • Butter | use the real deal here, nothing soft coming out of the fridge.
  • Heavy organic whipping cream
  • Bourbon (or dark rum)
  • caster sugar, superfine or bakers sugar (see notes how to make your own)
  • Eggs, I always use large eggs
Ingredients for chocolate bread pudding. Ghirardelli chocolate, bakers sugar, whiskey, challah bread, butter, eggs. 2. Heavy cream. 3. pouring in sugar. 4. pouring in whiskey.
Process shots double boiler, melting chocolate, cream and butter. 2. whisking chocolate mixture 3. Adding warm chocolate to egg mixture. 4. adding warm egg chocolate sauce to bottom of pan.

What in the world is Caster Sugar?

For most American’s we probably have heard the term, but have no idea what Caster sugar is? Maybe you are more familiar with these terms; Superfine or Baker’s Sugar, most grocery stores care superfine sugar.

Making your Own Caster Sugar

You can easily make your own caster sugar by simply placing the amount of sugar you need for your recipe (maybe a titch more to account for any loss) into a food processor.

Process for about 1-2 minutes watching closely, if you go too long you will make powdered sugar. You may want to place a towel over the top of the processor as the dust sneaks its way out of the processor.

Process shots for chocolate bread pudding. 1. adding triangles of challah bread to pan. 2. ladle of chocolate mixture pouring over challah bread slices. 3. Fork pressing bread slices into chocolate mixture. 4. plastic wrap pressed firmly over the top.

Equipment Needed For Chocolate Bread and Butter Pudding

  • Ovenproof dish about 7×9 inches x 2 inches deep, you can use a 9×9 or 8×8 square dish as long as it is deep. My friend made the pudding in this beautiful dish, gifting me the dish as well! A great idea for a potluck, combining the hostess gift into the dish!
  • Sturdy whisk
  • Pyrex Bowl for a double boiler, I have found these work the best!
  • Ladle
Pinterest image two images. Top image of man holding pan of chocolate bread pudding. Bottom image serving of chocolate bread pudding in crystal glass with vanilla creme anglaise on top.

Scroll down to the recipe to see all of the details on how to make this delicious Chocolate Bread and Butter Pudding.

What I love about this bread pudding the most? Make it for a rich, special breakfast, think of it as Chocolate Overnight French Toast. Make it for a potluck treat. Or as a special dessert. How amazing would this be to pop in the oven on Christmas morning!

Serving Ideas for Easy Chocolate Bread Pudding

  • Grab a few of your prettiest glasses; try dessert crystal, wine glasses, martini glasses, be creative!
  • Make a batch of this amazing Creme Anglaise sauce, a simple pourable vanilla custard sauce that will elevate this bread pudding even higher!


Find a delicious soft gluten free bread, everything else else is already gluten-free!

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chocolate bread pudding pin with creme anglaise. image has crystal glass with serving of gooey chocolate bread pudding drizzled in creme anglaise.

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  1. 5 stars
    This bread pudding is so simple to put together, but it’s an absolutely elegant dessert. Don’t skip the Creme Anglaise — it’s the perfect finish!!!