Sweets

Hot Chocolate Bread Pudding

‘Tis the season for hot chocolate! Am I right or what?!

Nothing is better than a warm cup of sweet chocolatey goodness on a cold winter’s night. Preferably with a Christmas movie on in the background! That’s how you’ll find me 95% of the time November through January.

One thing that I love about hot chocolate is the versatility of it! Add marshmallows, add candy cane, add caramel, add a little splash of Bailey’s if you’re feeling naughty! I love them all. So when I had a bunch of leftover pieces of French bread from my stuffing recipe, I had a wonderful idea: combine hot chocolate with bread pudding!

If you’ve never had bread pudding, you are in for a treat! I first had bread pudding at a local burger place near my mom’s house! You get two sides with every burger and one of those sides can be bread pudding. Dessert as a side? Heck yeah, I’m going to choose that overpaying an additional $6.75 for a dessert after the meal! Besides, I feel a little weird having a greasy burger with a side of fries and mac and cheese. It feels a bit much, and I do have a bit of restraint when it comes to carbs.

So, I ordered this bread pudding for a side and when it came out, I was slightly concerned. It was a jiggly square full of bread and sauce and I had no idea how I felt about it. But once I took one bite, my fears melted away. It was so soft and spongy without being soggy! The bread just absorbs all the flavors around it in the most delicious way! Oh goodness, my mouth just watered.

Making bread pudding is also a great way to clean out the fridge and pantry! Just throw in leftover bread, use up the last of the eggs, and add in whatever flavors you like! This really is a perfect winter dessert! Set to warm you up and satisfy that sweet tooth all in one go!

Ingredients:

1 loaf of French bread

3 packets of hot chocolate mix

3 eggs

3 cups of milk

1 teaspoon of vanilla

1 pinch of salt

1 cup of chocolate chips

2 cups of mini marshmallows

In a large measuring cup, measure out three cups of milk. Add in the eggs, vanilla, salt, and hot chocolate mix. Whisk everything together. Cut the bread into 1-inch cubes and place into a large baking dish. Slowly, pour the milk mixture evenly over the bread cubes. Use your hands to gently press the bread into the liquid. Cover and place in the fridge overnight or at least 2 hours.

After the bread has absorbed the liquid, take the dish out of the fridge to come to room temperature. Then preheat the oven to 375-degrees. Sprinkle in the chocolate chips and gently stir together. Bake for about 45 minutes! The tops will be slightly crisp and the insides will be set!

Take the dish out of the oven and sprinkle the top generously with mini marshmallows. Turn the oven to broil and place the dish back into the oven. Watch the marshmallows carefully! You want them to get a nice golden color to them, about a minute or so! Don’t walk away!

Take the dish out of the oven and give the bread pudding about 10-15 minutes to cool slightly before serving up a big spoonful on each plate!

I love how hearty and delicious this dessert is! It exudes the flavor of hot chocolate while still being its own perfectly unique dessert! The top of the bread gets a little crispy while the bottom stays soft and delicate. Plus, the marshmallows on top provide a sweet chewy texture that I love in this! If you haven’t tried bread pudding yet, I know the perfect recipe for you to start with!

-Holly Michelle

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