Dark Chocolate Bread Pudding with Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe

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Andrew Reid Modified: March 24, 2022
Dark Chocolate Bread Pudding with Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe

How To Make Dark Chocolate Bread Pudding with Vanilla Ice Cream

Filled with dark chocolate, this bread pudding is as delectable as it can get. The splash of bourbon is a great way to deepen those rich flavors.

Preparation: 15 minutes
Cooking: 1 hour
Total: 1 hour 15 minutes



For Chocolate Bread Pudding:

  • 10ozsemisweet chocolate
  • 4cupshalf and half
  • cupsdark brown sugar
  • cupnatural unsweetened cocoa powder
  • cupbourbon
  • 1tspcinnamon
  • 8large eggs
  • ¼tspsalt
  • 2tspvanilla extract
  • 1large challah,about 1⅓ lb, cut into 1-inch cubes

For Serving:

  • confectioners’ sugar,optional
  • vanilla ice cream,optional


  1. Chop the chocolate into ¼-inch chunks. Reserve ⅔ cup and set aside.

  2. In a medium saucepan, whisk together the half and half, brown sugar and cocoa powder; bring to a boil. Off the heat, whisk in the remaining chocolate, bourbon and cinnamon.

  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, salt and vanilla extract. Very gradually, pour the hot chocolate mixture into the egg mixture, whisking vigorously to combine (pour slowly, especially at the beginning, or the hot chocolate mixture will scramble the eggs).

  4. Add the bread cubes to the custard; cover and let soak in the fridge for at least 1.5 hours or overnight.

  5. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Grease a 9x13x2-inch glass baking dish with butter or nonstick cooking spray.

  6. Transfer the chocolate-soaked bread to the prepared baking dish, and spread the bread around evenly. Scatter the reserved ⅔ cup of chocolate over top, then use a spoon to push about half of the chocolate bits down into the pudding.

  7. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes until slightly puffed and set in the center. Let cool about 10 minutes, then serve warm, dusted with confectioners’ sugar and topped with vanilla ice cream.


  • Calories: 500.29kcal
  • Fat: 22.86g
  • Saturated Fat: 12.00g
  • Trans Fat: 0.01g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 7.51g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 1.77g
  • Carbohydrates: 61.72g
  • Fiber: 3.54g
  • Sugar: 34.65g
  • Protein: 12.81g
  • Cholesterol: 179.35mg
  • Sodium: 326.32mg
  • Calcium: 175.32mg
  • Potassium: 353.18mg
  • Iron: 3.36mg
  • Vitamin A: 163.11µg
  • Vitamin C: 0.73mg
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