Sunday, October 25, 2015

Double Chocolate Croissant Bread Pudding

My daughter absolutely loved this and while I tried to be a fan of it for some reason I just can't help myself...  bread pudding loses me every time. 
For the Bread Pudding:
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted, plus more for the dish
8 large croissants, sliced 1 inch thick (about 12 cups)
3 large eggs plus 3 egg yolks
1 ½ cups whole milk
1 cup heavy cream
¼ cup sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
pinch of salt
6 ounces milk chocolate, cut into ¾ inch pieces
For the Sauce:
⅓ cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons light corn syrup
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
4 ounces bittersweet chocolate chopped
Make the bread pudding:
Preheat the oven to 350 F degrees and butter a shallow 2 quart baking dish.
Toss the croissants with the melted butter on a baking sheet.
Arrange in a single layer and bake until toasted, about 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, whisk the eggs, egg yolks, milk, heavy whipping cream, sugar, vanilla and salt in a large bowl.
Arrange about half of the croissants in the prepared baking dish.
Top with about two-thirds of the milk chocolate, then add the remaining croissants.
Pour the egg mixture over the croissants.
Let sit while the moisture absorbs, at least 15 minutes.
As it soaks press the bread into the mixture to help it absorb.
Cover the baking dish with foil and bake 30 minutes.
Uncover, top with the remaining milk chocolate and bake until the bread pudding is puffed, golden brown and set, 15 to 20 more minutes.
Let sit 15 minutes.
Meanwhile, make the sauce:
Bring the heavy cream, butter, sugar, corn syrup and vanilla to a simmer in a medium saucepan over medium heat.
Add the bittersweet chocolate and whisk until smooth.
Serve the bread pudding with the chocolate sauce.

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