Hawaiian chocolate bread pudding
This easy chocolate bread pudding takes me back to my childhood in Honolulu. I start with King's Bakery Hawaiian bread, also known as Portuguese sweet bread, then layer it with chocolate chips and creamy egg custard. It bakes up to a glorious puffed pillow of chocolatey goo. It takes all of 15 minutes in preparation time. When I want to wow and don't have a lot of time, this is my go to recipe.
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King's Hawaiian Sweet Bread
I prefer to use the original King's round loaf and slice it. King's has now come out with an array of different sweet breads including a regular sliced loaf, hot dog buns, and rolls. They all work as they are the same type of bread, just in different shapes and sizes. So if you can't find a round loaf, feel free to substitute any of their other bread products.
Use quality chocolate
The quality of your chocolate chips makes a big difference in this recipe. I use Guittard or Ghirardelli.
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I like to bake this bread pudding in a round Spanish cazuela earthenware dish, because the pudding comes out looking like an enormous round puffy chocolate chip cookie. You can also use a 13 x 9 x 2" glass or ceramic baking pan. If you have the time, prepare the pudding without baking it up to one day in advance so the bread really soaks up the custard. If you don't have the time to prepare it in advance, you can bake it right away without letting it sit.
Created for a friend
I originally created this recipe for my friend Carol who described to me a chocolate bread pudding she had eaten in NYC.
How long do you cook bread pudding?
I estimate between 1 hour and 15 minutes and 1 hour and 30 minutes. Cooking time depends on a variety of factors including the accuracy of your oven, how often you open the oven and the type of pan you use. I check the pudding by slicing into the center of it at about an hour and then check it every 10 minutes until the center is not runny when you slice it to it. Don't worry about the slice, it will magically knit back together as the pudding cooks.
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- 8 eggs, lightly beaten
- 4 cups of cream
- 3 cups of milk
- ⅔ cup sugar
- 2 T vanilla extract
- ½ t cinnamon
- 2 t butter
- 1.5 loaves of King's original Hawaiian Sweet Round bread, sliced into ¾" slices
- 1 12-ounce package Guittard or other good quality chocolate chips
- Heat oven to 300 degrees. Whisk together first 6 ingredients. Set aside.
- Butter a baking dish. Arrange half the bread slices in the bottom of the baking dish so they cover the bottom of the pan. Don't worry about the size or shape of the bread slices, just make sure the slices cover the the pan. Sprinkle with half the chocolate chips. Cover with a second layer of bread slices and chocolate chips.
- Crack the eggs into a large mixing bowl and lightly beat to incorporate yolks and whites. Add cream, milk, sugar, vanilla and cinnamon. Beat briefly just to combine ingredients. Don't over mix.
- Pour egg and cream mixture slowly over the bread. Pour slowly so the bread is able to absorb all the egg mixture. If you pour too fast it will overflow. If you are going to let the pudding soak for a few hours or over night, cover with saran wrap and press gently to ensure all the bread is moistened. Otherwise you can bake immediately.
- Cook an hour and 15 minutes. Check after one hour by inserting a knife in the middle. If it is runny, it is not done. Check every 10 minutes after the first hour. You don't want to over cook, but it may take as long as 1½ hours to cook. When the pudding is no longer runny remove from the oven and let set 30 minutes before slicing. You can keep the pudding fairly hot for a while by covering it with foil.