chocolate-pecan brioche bread pudding with caramel sauce

November 4, 2013

in Custards & Sauces

On a chilly November evening, the only thing on my mind is a bit of fall comfort. To distract myself from the first of many long nights, a few remaining slices of last week’s brioche quickly became bread pudding. Topped with chocolate chips, pecans, and a drizzle of salted caramel sauce (because everything is better with caramel!), this is one indulgent dessert.

Chocolate-Pecan Brioche Bread Pudding with Caramel Sauce | Tutti Dolci

In lieu of making your own brioche, look for one (or a loaf of challah) at a good bakery. The caramel sauce can be made up to 2 weeks ahead, though it’s nearly impossible for me to keep a spoon out of it for that long. I’m sharing this recipe for November’s Chocolate Party; our theme is chocolate and pecans. View more creations or enter your own below.

Chocolate-Pecan Brioche Bread Pudding with Caramel Sauce | Tutti Dolci

Chocolate-Pecan Brioche Bread Pudding with Caramel Sauce | Tutti Dolci

Chocolate-Pecan Brioche Bread Pudding with Caramel Sauce
Caramel Sauce
6 Tbsp light brown sugar
3 Tbsp unsalted butter, cubed
3 Tbsp heavy cream
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
pinch of sea salt

Bread Pudding
5 slices Brioche, cubed (about 5 cups or 10 ounces)
3/4 cup low-fat milk
1 cup low-fat evaporated milk
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1/3 cup sugar
2 Tbsp Cognac
1 Tbsp vanilla extract
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt

Topping
1/4 cup chocolate chips
1/3 cup pecans, halved

For the caramel sauce, combine brown sugar, butter, and cream in a heavy saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly until butter has melted completely. Reduce heat to low and simmer 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla and sea salt until smooth. Pour sauce into a small jar to cool.

Preheat oven to 350°F and place cubed brioche in a single layer on a baking sheet; toast for 10 minutes, until lightly golden. Whisk together milks, eggs, sugar, Cognac, vanilla, cinnamon, and salt in a large mixing bowl. Add toasted bread cubes; toss gently to coat with mixture. Let stand for 20 minutes, tossing cubes occasionally.

Spray an 8 1/2 x 4 1/2-inch loaf pan with nonstick spray. Spoon half of bread mixture into pan; drizzle with 3 tablespoons caramel sauce. Spoon remaining bread mixture into pan and top with chocolate chips and pecans. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes, until pulling away from edges of the pan and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Cool in pan on a wire rack for 1 hour before slicing and serving with additional caramel sauce. Store leftovers in the refrigerator and warm before serving. Store leftover caramel sauce in the refrigerator up to 2 weeks; warm briefly before serving.

Yield – 10 servings
Calories – 265 (per slice)
Carbs – 31

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37 Comments

1 Anna@CrunchyCreamySweet November 4, 2013

I love bread pudding during cold months and this looks fabulous, Laura!

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2 Gerry @ Foodness Gracious November 4, 2013

Geez, how can I look at this and I just had breakfast? I want a slice right now followed closely by another few! Great recipe..

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3 Marta @ What Should I eat for breakfast today November 4, 2013

It will make a perfect distraction indeed :)

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4 Jennifer November 4, 2013

Well I have to say I’ve never seen a more delicious looking bread pudding. Bookmarking for the next time I have some left-over bread!

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5 Cristina November 4, 2013

Wow, Laura…a beautiful bread pudding. Could enjoy this for breakfast or inbetween meals anytime of the day. Luv your images.

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6 Maria@PinkPatisserie November 4, 2013

What a gorgeous, decadent, beautiful thing! Love those pics too. Captured perfectly!

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7 Ashley@BakerbyNature November 4, 2013

Oh lord, lady! This has me craviiiiiiing bread puddin’ like nobodies bizness!!!

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8 Kate (@KatefromScratch) November 4, 2013

This looks fantastic. I can’t wait to get the chance to give the recipe a try, it sounds perfectly delicious.

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9 Deb November 4, 2013

I’m a great fan of caramel in desserts, how can it be resisted? The glossy, barely melted chocolate chips and toasty pecans swirling in caramel are just fabulous Laura!

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10 Lizzy (Good Things) November 4, 2013

Another beautiful recipe, Laura… so good!

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11 Anna (Hidden Ponies) November 4, 2013

This sounds crazy good – love chocolate and pecans together!

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12 JJ @ 84thand3rd November 4, 2013

Hello decadence! Had to giggle at the low-fat milk in the recipe ;D Flavour combo sounds brilliant.

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13 Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen November 4, 2013

Bread pudding is the ultimate comfort food when it comes to sweets, isn’t it? Made with brioche or challah, and with chocolate, pecans and caramel added? Sheer heaven! Thanks for sharing, girl. Pinning!

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14 Liz November 4, 2013

Oh, man, this is one incredible bread pudding! Perfect for the upcoming holidays!!!

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15 Claire @ Claire K Creations November 4, 2013

Oh boy. You had me at chocolate, then you had me at pecan brioche pudding then my tongue started hanging out of my mouth when you added the caramel sauce!

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16 Valerie November 4, 2013

Oh, how I love bread pudding on a cold autumn night. I’ll have three generous helpings, please!!

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17 The Café Sucre Farine November 4, 2013

Looks simply amazing Laura, what a wonderful way to use up your leftover bread!

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18 Whitney @ The Newlywed Chefs November 4, 2013

Laura, this looks awesome. Nothing better than chocolate and caramel!

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19 Anne@FromMySweetHeart November 4, 2013

Oh gosh, Laura…I wish I had thought to do a bread pudding with these ingredients! This has to be one of the most comforting desserts! Actually….I would happily eat this for breakfast! : )

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20 Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts November 4, 2013

I never even thought to do bread pudding, what a great idea. Sounds so comforting for this cooler weather.

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21 Tieghan November 4, 2013

Incredible Laura! I am dying over this bread. So my thing!! :)

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22 Lisa {AuthenticSuburbanGourmet} November 4, 2013

Oh Laura! This is a dessert right after my heart and tummy. DELICIOUS!!!

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23 Monet November 4, 2013

What a perfect dessert to chase away the chill of these early winter nights. I love bread pudding…so comforting and so simple. And you get to use what you already have on hand! Thank you for sharing. This looks too good!

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24 Maureen | Orgasmic Chef November 4, 2013

I can only imagine how this tastes when the first forkful reaches my mouth. Outstanding!

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25 Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious November 5, 2013

With that caramel sauce, how could I resist?!

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26 Cate @ Chez CateyLou November 5, 2013

This bread pudding looks divine! I love pecans. and chocolate. and caramel. and bread! Perfection!

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27 Suzanne November 5, 2013

Bread pudding, I’m sure this was delicious with fresh homemade brioche, then chocolate, caramel and pecans… I’m swooning!

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28 Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) November 5, 2013

This is beautiful! All those pecans and chocolate chips–I’m sort of dying over here. Bread pudding is one of my favorite desserts ever. I find it so comforting.

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29 Jennifer @ Mother Thyme November 5, 2013

This is absolutely divine! What a lovely dessert!

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30 Nami | Just One Cookbook November 5, 2013

I think I just drooled. Gosh, brioche alone looked really delicious and now you made bread pudding with it! Love the chocolate/pecan topping too. Irresistible!

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31 Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella November 6, 2013

How fabulous this looks Laura! :o Indulgent and hard to stop at one slice I’m guessing ;)

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32 Rosa November 7, 2013

Totally irresistible! A decadent treat.

Cheers,

Rosa

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33 Julie @ Table for Two November 7, 2013

bread pudding with brioche sounds REALLY good right now! i wish i had some for breakfast. i’m starving looking at the gorgeous pics :)

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34 Kiran @ KiranTarun.com November 7, 2013

Divine! I can’t take my eyes away from the topping!!!

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35 Heather @ French Press November 7, 2013

i LOVE every single thing about this

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36 Jean (Lemons & Anchovies) November 8, 2013

You incorporated all the elements I would have liked to add to my own bread pudding. I’ve still yet to try it so I’ll be consulting your recipe when I do. This looks amazing!!

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37 Laura @ Family Spice November 16, 2013

Oh my! My heart just stopped.

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