Chocolate Bread Pudding with Hard Sauce Recipe - Delicious and Decadent Dessert from USA

Chocolate Bread Pudding with Hard Sauce

Chocolate Bread Pudding with Hard Sauce Recipe - Delicious and Decadent Dessert from USA
Region / culture: USA | Preparation time: 30 minutes | Cooking time: 45 minutes | Servings: 4


Chocolate Bread Pudding with Hard Sauce
Chocolate Bread Pudding with Hard Sauce

Chocolate Bread Pudding with Hard Sauce is a decadent and comforting dessert that is perfect for any occasion. The combination of rich chocolate, creamy bread pudding, and sweet hard sauce creates a dessert that is sure to impress your guests.


Bread pudding has been a popular dessert for centuries, with variations found in many different cultures around the world. The addition of chocolate to bread pudding is a modern twist on this classic dish, adding a rich and indulgent flavor to the traditional recipe.


Hard Sauce

How to prepare

  1. Break the bread into small pieces. Heat 2 cups of milk and soak the bread in the milk for 0.5 hour.
  2. Beat 2 eggs and melt the chocolate. Add them to the bread. Mix in sugar and vanilla.
  3. Bake at 350°F (177°C) for 45 minutes.
  4. Make the sauce by mixing confectioners' sugar with 3 tbsp of butter, salt, and vanilla.
  5. Place in a small dish and top with nutmeg. When ready to serve, pour the sauce over the bread pudding.


  • Try adding a handful of chopped nuts or dried fruit to the bread pudding for added texture and flavor.

Cooking Tips & Tricks

Make sure to use stale bread for the best texture in your bread pudding.

- Be sure to soak the bread in the milk for at least 30 minutes to ensure that it is fully saturated.

- Don't overmix the bread pudding batter, as this can result in a tough texture.

- Be sure to let the bread pudding cool slightly before serving to allow the flavors to meld together.

Serving Suggestions

Serve warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream.

Cooking Techniques


Ingredient Substitutions

You can use any type of bread for this recipe, but a hearty bread like brioche or challah works best.

Make Ahead Tips

You can prepare the bread pudding ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator until ready to bake.

Presentation Ideas

Serve the bread pudding in individual ramekins for a more elegant presentation.

Pairing Recommendations

This dessert pairs well with a cup of coffee or a glass of red wine.

Storage and Reheating Instructions

Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Reheat in the microwave or oven before serving.

Nutrition Information

Calories per serving

320 per serving


45g per serving


12g per serving


6g per serving

Vitamins and minerals

This dish is a good source of calcium and iron.


Contains wheat, eggs, and dairy.


This dessert is a rich and indulgent treat that is best enjoyed in moderation.


Chocolate Bread Pudding with Hard Sauce is a delicious and indulgent dessert that is sure to impress your guests. With a rich chocolate flavor, creamy bread pudding, and sweet hard sauce, this dessert is the perfect way to end any meal.

How did I get this recipe?

I remember the sense of wonder I felt when I first saw this recipe for Chocolate Bread Pudding with Hard Sauce. It was many years ago, when I was just a young girl learning the art of cooking from my own grandmother. She was a master in the kitchen, and I cherished every moment spent watching her create delicious dishes from scratch.

One day, while rummaging through her old recipe cards, I stumbled upon a faded piece of paper with the words "Chocolate Bread Pudding with Hard Sauce" scrawled across the top. Intrigued, I asked my grandmother about the recipe, and she smiled knowingly.

"That," she said, "is a family treasure passed down through generations. It's a special dessert that has been enjoyed by our family for years."

I begged her to teach me how to make it, and she happily obliged. Together, we gathered the ingredients and set to work in the cozy kitchen, the aroma of chocolate and spices filling the air.

The first step was to make the bread pudding. We tore up slices of stale bread and soaked them in a mixture of milk, eggs, sugar, and cocoa powder. As we stirred the ingredients together, my grandmother shared stories of how she first learned to make the pudding from her own mother, who had learned it from her mother before her.

After pouring the mixture into a baking dish, we popped it into the oven and began working on the hard sauce. This decadent topping consisted of butter, sugar, and a generous splash of bourbon, which added a rich and boozy flavor to the dessert.

As the pudding baked, my grandmother taught me the importance of patience in cooking. She explained how the flavors needed time to meld together, and how a slow and steady approach would yield the best results.

Finally, after what felt like an eternity of waiting, the pudding emerged from the oven, golden and steaming. The aroma was intoxicating, and I couldn't wait to dig in.

But first, we had to make the hard sauce. My grandmother showed me how to whip the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy, then carefully drizzle in the bourbon until the sauce reached the perfect consistency.

With a dollop of hard sauce atop each serving of warm bread pudding, we sat down to enjoy the fruits of our labor. The pudding was rich and comforting, with the perfect balance of chocolate and spice. The hard sauce added a luxurious touch, melting into the warm pudding and creating a decadent treat that was truly unforgettable.

As I savored each bite, I realized that this recipe was more than just a dessert. It was a connection to my family's past, a reminder of the love and care that had been passed down through the generations. And it was a symbol of the joy that cooking can bring, the sense of wonder and fulfillment that comes from creating something delicious with your own two hands.

Since that day, I have made Chocolate Bread Pudding with Hard Sauce many times, each time with a sense of reverence and gratitude for the tradition that it represents. And every time I take a bite of that rich and comforting dessert, I am transported back to that cozy kitchen with my grandmother, learning the secrets of a recipe that will forever hold a special place in my heart.


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