Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding

Despite being such a retro classic, I have never gotten round to making a bread pudding. It's just never appealed to me. There are so many better things to make than a pudding made out of stale bread, I have always reasoned. And yet, last week I found myself with these hot cross buns I had baked, getting a bit old. They were delicious but it was one of those rare times, when I couldn't find anyone to share them with. And really, there's only that much hot cross buns one can have, however gorgeous they may have been. So, bread pudding it was going to be!!
Googled around and zeroed in on a Nigella recipe. She takes a traditional bread pudding recipe and jazzes it up with chocolate chip, milk, cream and a good splosh of dark rum. Perfect recipe, I reckoned for the cross buns I had, which were themselves studded with raisins and chocolate chips and flavoured with cinnamon and vanilla. My own little touch was the zest of an orange because I just love how an orange refreshes and livens up a dessert.
There is hardly much for you to do for a bread pudding. Maybe, that's why they are so popular. I'll come to how it tasted but can I just say that the kitchen smelled divine!!
Before, you pop the pudding in the oven, you've got to sprinkle some brown sugar all over the top. So, while the pudding bakes, this sugar on top caramelises and forms this golden brown, crispy crust. And underneath that crust is this soft, custardy bread that has soaked up all those beautiful flavours along with those molten chocolate chips. And yes, the orange zest does its job to ensure that all that cream, milk and eggs does not get too rich and heavy on the palate.
It helped that I used the cross buns which already had their own flavour profile that just added bags of flavour. I might have left it in the oven for five minutes more than what was needed. It felt slightly dry and could have done with some vanilla custard or for that matter, ice-cream.
This bread pudding lays no claim to being an on-trend dessert but it endears itself to you with a familiarity that is comforting in a way only a warm pudding can be on a cool night or a rainy day!!

Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding

Serves 4-6. Recipe source: Nigella Lawson's Kitchen 

Note: I made half of this recipe. For the stale bread, I used some of these hot cross buns that were studded with chocolate chips and raisins.
  • 250 gm. stale (not rotten) bread, cut into 3cm/1¼in cubes
  • 100 gm. chocolate chips
  • 3 eggs
  • 40 gms light brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons dark rum
  • 125 ml cream
  • 500 ml milk
  • 4 teaspoons demerara sugar
  • zest of 1 orange
  • butter, for greasing
  • Preheat the oven to 170 deg C. Grease an ovenproof dish lightly with butter.
  • Tip in the stale bread cubes. Toss in the chocolate chips to spread evenly among the bread cubes.
  • Whisk together the eggs, light brown sugar, rum, double cream, zest and milk. Pour this mixture over the bread and press the cubes down to coat them in the liquid.
  • Leave all this to soak for 20 minutes, then sprinkle with the demerara sugar and put straight into the oven for 40-50 minutes. But, do start checking after 30 minutes. The pudding is ready when the custard has set and has a light wobble.
  • Remove from the oven and let it stand for 5 minutes before serving. You may serve with vanilla ice-cream or a vanilla custard.


  1. OOH I made shahi tukda this week, in a similar attempt to use up fast dying bread. I think bread puddings are so forgiving. This is making me want to hoard the next loaf of bread so it turns stale and I can make this!

    1. Talking about shahi tukda.. recently had a version infused with the flavour of rose water.. it was something really different!! and yes, these are soo wonder the Brits have a whole repertoire of bread puddings!

    2. Couldnt resist it. Making a version of this with not-stale bread -- I couldnt wait for staleness! Eyeballed the quantities, but used a dash of orange juice along with zest, a splash of Old Monk, and a LOT of chocolate chunks lazily chopped off a slab of Morde. Its in the oven now!

    3. ooooooo... isn't the kitchen smelling beautiful?!! tell me how you like it.. I think you will!! the best part.. those little chocolate chunks that are all molten when just taken out of the oven.. no?


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