Salted Caramel & Chocolate Bread Pudding

For the last few years, Hanukkah has fallen during a fairly inconvenient time within the holiday season. Seriously, last year, Hanukkah was three days after Thanksgiving! Since the celebration of Hanukkah is a relatively minor holiday, and what we really like is the fun time with family, we’ve created “Nonukkah” or a “ninth night” when we can all get together, exchange gifts, and have fun.

hanukkah table

This year, our Ninth Night was at our house, and I had a blast making latkes and cookie meatballs for the people we had over. We had a few other family-traditional things as well (hot dogs and baked beans!) but it was up to me to decide dessert.

Believe it or not, I didn’t want to make cupcakes. Or cookies. I wanted something I could make and serve in one pan without the annoyance of having to clean my mixer between cake and frosting, or roll out cookies, or make anything plated. I wanted comfort, convenience, and decadence.

I mean, really. What’s a dinner of fried potatoes if not followed up with a great and rich dessert?!

Enter Salted Caramel & Chocolate Bread Pudding

Butter. Chocolate. Eggs. Challah. Milk. Cream. Sugar.

Just reading this recipe may make your thighs expand, but I promise you it’s worth it.

Salted caramel bread pudding

Salted Caramel & Chocolate Bread Pudding

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Ingredients (Serves 10)

    For the Caramel

    • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
    • 1/2 cup water
    • 1 Tablespoon salt
    • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
    • 8 Tablespoons butter

    For the pudding

    • 6 1/2 cups cubed challah or brioche
    • 5 eggs
    • 2 cups milk
    • 2/3 cup white sugar
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 12 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
    • 1 stick butter, melted
    • 1/4 cup raw sugar (optional)

    Instructions

      For the caramel

      • Mix the sugar, salt, vanilla, and water together in a large, heavy-bottomed pot.
      • Set out your butter and cream.
      • Heat over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally to dissolve the sugar.
      • Once the sugar is dissolved, DO NOT STIR!!
      • Boil the sugar mixture until a caramel color develops. This happens quickly, so keep a close eye on it!
      • Stir in the cream and butter, and whisk until the foaming goes down. Simmer until it looks like caramel (a light brown color) and transfer to a heat-safe container (NOT GLASS!!!!)

      For the bread pudding

      • Pre-heat the oven to 350°F.
      • Toss the bread cubes with the melted butter. Make sure each cube has at least some butter on it.
      • Layer in a large baking dish: Half the bread cubes, half the chocolate chips, the other half of the bread, and the rest of the chocolate chips.
      • Mix in a bowl: milk, eggs, vanilla, and sugar
      • Pour the milk mixture over the bread. Allow it to sit a few minutes, pressing down on the bread to allow all of it to soak up some of the milk mixture.
      • Sprinkle the top with raw sugar.
      • Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, until the pudding no longer jiggles and the top is brown.
      • Pour the caramel sauce over the top of the pudding, return to the oven for about 10 minutes, then serve with fresh whipped cream.
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      Some of the reactions were “Oh my god is this good!”, “I think this is the best thing I’ve ever eaten”, and “Oh whoa…I see that there’s butter, and caramel, and chocolate in here. Well done!”
      The only thing I would’ve done differently would’ve been to make small, individual portions. Then I couldn’t have gone back for seconds! But that would’ve been self-serving and less enjoyable for everyone else.
      Salted caramel bread pudding
      Phase 1 South Beach starts again… after the leftovers are gone.
      xoxo
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      7 Responses to Salted Caramel & Chocolate Bread Pudding

      1. Happy Holidays Mara. This recipe looks like such a keeper!!! Wishing you nothing but health, happiness and love as we go into 2012. So glad I found your blog this year!!!
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      2. This sounds amazing! Any excuse to eat more challah and I am in and then add chocolate and salted caramel! I can’t wait to try this recipe–now I just have to find an excuse to make it. Does a weeknight dinner at home count? ;)
        Thanks for sharing.

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      3. chefsquire says:

        This looks amazing! Love any salted desserts.

      4. Kara says:

        Thanks for posting this! I made it for our NYE party and it was a hit!

      5. Sarah says:

        Recipe looks awesome! But I am also admiring that polka dot baking dish! Where is it from?

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