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Chocolate Croissant Bread Pudding

Violet Bakery
Chocolate Croissant Bread Pudding


Serves 8

  • 4 chocolate croissants
  • 300g (1¼ cups) heavy cream
  • 900g (3¾ cups) whole milk
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1 vanilla pod, seeds scraped out
  • 230g (1 cup plus 2 tablespoons) sugar
  • 7 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 50g (⅓ cup) dark chocolate (70 percent cocoa solids), broken into bite-size pieces

The Prep

  • Preheat the oven to 180°C/355°F (160°C/320°F convection) and butter a deep 20 by 30-cm (8 by 12-inch) baking dish. Find another baking dish that is large enough to hold your baking dish (you will be making a bain-marie later to gently cook the custard).
  • Tear the croissants into pieces and place loosely on a baking sheet. Toast in the oven for 10 minutes, turning the pieces halfway through, until crunchy.
  • Put the cream and milk into a large, heavy-bottomed pan. Add a pinch of salt and the seeds scraped from the vanilla pod along with the pod itself. Place over medium-low heat and just before the mixture starts to simmer, or when it starts to “shiver,” remove from the heat.
  • Meanwhile, in a clean bowl, whisk your sugar and eggs into frothy ribbons.
  • When the milk is ready, pour a third of it into the sugar and egg mixture, whisking constantly.
  • Add the remaining milk and whisk in the cocoa powder. Strain the mixture into a bowl or jug.
  • Save the vanilla pod, rinsing it well under cool water and laying it out to dry before adding it to your homemade Vanilla Extract.
  • Put the toasted bread into your buttered baking dish, then pour the chocolate custard over it, so that the bread is covered in custard (you will have some custard left over), and let it soak for 30 minutes. Save the rest of the custard for later.
  • After 30 minutes, add the remaining custard and scatter the chocolate pieces on top. Place the baking dish inside the larger dish and place in the oven. At this point, use a jug to pour water into your bain-marie so that it comes at least halfway up the side of the dish. Check the custard after 30 minutes. Bake until just set.
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