chocolate pecan brioche bread pudding

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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 chocolate pecan brioche 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

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 a week ahead, though it’s nearly impossible for me to keep a spoon out of it for that long!

Chocolate Pecan Brioche Bread Pudding

Chocolate Pecan Brioche Bread Pudding

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Chocolate Pecan Brioche Bread Pudding

Chocolate Pecan Brioche Bread Pudding

  • Author: Laura | Tutti Dolci
  • Prep Time: 40 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
  • Yield: 10 servings

Description

Chocolate pecan brioche bread pudding topped with chocolate chips, pecans, and a drizzle of salted caramel sauce for the most indulgent dessert!


Ingredients

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 milk
  • 1 cup low-fat evaporated milk
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 Tbsp brandy
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Topping

  • 1/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup pecans, halved

Instructions

  1. 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.
  2. 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, brandy, 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.
  3. Spray a 9 x 5-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.
  4. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes, until pulling away from edges of the pan and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  5. 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 1 week; warm briefly before serving.

Keywords: Caramel, Pecan, Chocolate, Brioche, Bread Pudding

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

  2. 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!

  3. 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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