Chocolate and Pear Bread Pudding

Whether you're expecting your boss, the in-laws or your kids' friends for dinner, this oh-so-easy chocolate bread pudding is a dessert meant for sharing with guests. Made with store-bought chocolate croissants and everyday pantry ingredients, this dish can be quickly prepared in the morning and left to bake while you enjoy dinner with your company.

You’ll Need

  • 1–2 Tbsp butter
  • 5 chocolate croissants
  • 2 pears, trimmed, cored and chopped into 1” cubes
  • 2½ cups milk
  • 3 eggs
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ½ tsp ground ginger

Prep and Cook

  • Generously butter a 9” x 13” or 8” round baking dish. Cut croissants into 1” cubes and place them inside the dish. Scatter the pears over the top, tucking the pieces around the bread.
  • Whisk together the milk, eggs, sugar, vanilla and ginger. Pour the liquid slowly over the bread and pears, taking care to distribute it evenly. Cover the baking dish with plastic wrap and refrigerate for a minimum of 1 hour or overnight.
  • Preheat the oven to 325°F.
  • Remove the plastic wrap and bake the bread pudding for 50–60 minutes or until the centre has set and the edges of the bread are golden brown and caramelized.
  • Serve with ice cream, powdered sugar, creme anglaise or chocolate sauce, if desired.


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