Recently I was preparing a special dinner for the family and wanted a dessert I don’t make often. I also wanted something that could be done in the crockpot, would be easy to prep ahead of time and was something I hadn’t made in a while.
I looked in my fridge and saw a loaf of Italian bread. And then it hit me: Bread Pudding. I’d never done it in the crockpot before but I’ve heard of it being done I could prep ahead of time and if I did a Chocolate Bread Pudding, the house would smell divine while it was cooking.
The day before I needed the dessert, I chopped up the bread, melted the chocolate with heavy cream in the microwave, and whisked in my other ingredients.
I gently coated all of the bread with the chocolate mixture, making sure to allow some of the bread to remain in chunks.
Once I had the bread all coated, I put the entire mixture into the refrigerator overnight.
The next day, 3 hours before I wanted to serve dessert, I sprayed the crockpot with non-stick spray, put the bread pudding mixture inside, added a paper towel under the lid and let it cook.
My son chose ice cream on his. Would you choose ice cream or whipped cream?
Crockpot Chocolate Bread Pudding
1# bread (I used a 1 # Italian loaf)
1 cup heavy cream
1 12oz package dark chocolate chips
2 cups milk
1/8 tsp salt
6 TBSP sugar
½ tsp vanilla
*Chop bread up into approximately one inch chunks.
*In a microwave safe bowl, melt the chocolate chips with the heavy cream until smooth. Microwave on high for 1 minute, stir, then continue to microwave in 10 second intervals until all the chocolate is melted.
*Allow to cool slightly.
*Whisk the eggs, sugar, salt, vanilla, and milk into the chocolate mixture. Mix in the bread cubes until all the bread is coated with the chocolate mixture.
*Refrigerate for an hour, or up to a day.
*Spray crockpot with non-stick spray.
*Put bread pudding mix into crock pot. Manipulate the mix so it’s thicker along the edges of the pot with less in the center, as the edges cook faster.
*Put a paper towel over the crockpot so that the cover holds the towel up under the cover. It shouldn’t be anywhere near the cake. This is to keep the condensation from the top from falling into the cake. Check and replace the paper towel every now and then.
*Cook on low for approximately 3 hours.
*NOTE: times vary depending on size of crockpot and differences in heat levels. Keep an eye on it the first time to know how long it will take for you. Serve warm.