Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Crockpot Chocolate Bread Pudding

I have to admit that I’ve rarely made bread pudding. I don’t know why I don’t think of it more often, but I don’t.

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.

Crockpot Chocolate Bread Pudding - BakingInATornado.com
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.

Crockpot Chocolate Bread Pudding - BakingInATornado.com

I gently coated all of the bread with the chocolate mixture, making sure to allow some of the bread to remain in chunks.

Crockpot Chocolate Bread Pudding - BakingInATornado.com

Once I had the bread all coated, I put the entire mixture into the refrigerator overnight.

Crockpot Chocolate Bread Pudding - BakingInATornado.com
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 - BakingInATornado.com


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Crockpot Chocolate Bread Pudding
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Printable Recipe
 
Ingredients:
1# bread (I used a 1 # Italian loaf)
1 cup heavy cream
1 12oz package dark chocolate chips
2 cups milk
3 eggs
1/8 tsp salt
6 TBSP sugar
½ tsp vanilla
 
Directions:
*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.

18 comments:

  1. These look delicious. I'll have to pass the recipes to my chef!

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  2. Oh my that looks DIVINE! I probably would have went with ice cream as well, maybe with a drizzle of caramel.

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  3. When I saw the title of your post, I knew I had to come by for a visit! I love bread pudding. I used to make it too and then I stopped...I think it's time to start again!!

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    1. I hadn't made it in a while either, but I'm so glad I worked this out for the crockpot, now I'll be making it more often.

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  4. I haven't had bread pudding in years. This looks so yummy! I love that you can make it the crockpot

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    1. Not only does the crockpot make it simple, but the smell throughout the house is amazing.

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  5. This sounds pretty tasty! I haven't had bread pudding in forever. My grandma made it a few times way back when I was younger. She made it plain though...no chocolate or any other flavors. I know she used vanilla because I can remember that faint taste of it in it. I just got a few ideas on breads to use though because of this post since she only used white and we don't eat white bread now. :)

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    1. You can definitely play with this recipe and try different breads. I always play with recipes and often come up with something great. If you find something you like, be sure you let me know.

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  6. I just printed out the recipe and hope to make it next week when my son is in visiting. Sounds like something we will all love.

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    1. If you get a chance, take a pic and post it on my FB wall.

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  7. Yum! Okay, I have leftover bread right now but it's just white bread. Would that work or would it be too soft? I had other questions but you answered them in the directions.

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    1. I'm afraid if the bread is fresh you'd end up with mush. You could try leaving it on the counter overnight to see if it dries out a little. I prefer an uncut loaf so I can cut it into cubes.

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  8. Yum! I'll take that with the ice cream! Hey, I dig the new header for your blog title!

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    1. I love the header too. My friend Comic Strip Mama made it for me, it was a surprise and I'm just amazed by it.

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  9. Oh my word, I love bread pudding!!! This looks really yummy! I love that it's cooked in the crock pot, too! Thanks for sharing on Saturday Night Fever! I hope to see you again this Saturday!

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