I know what you're thinking: it's summer, it's hot, and it's definitely not the season for bread pudding. Au contraire, dear readers. This bread pudding oozes chocolate, and chocolate knows no seasonal boundaries. Thanks to the slow cooker, you can make this in the middle of August without heating up your kitchen. Almost any type of bread will work in this recipe; cut the crust off very crusty bread, as I did, or use challah or brioche or leftover croissants, or even day-old hamburger buns. Serve this when it's warm and gooey, with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or whipped cream on top. Oh, joy.
Slow cooker chocolate and Nutella® bread pudding
Adapted from many recipes online, this recipe serves 6-8.
Butter or baking spray
8 cups cubed day-old bread (I used firm white bread, crust removed)
1/4 cup butter, melted (1/2 stick)
2 tsp chocolate chips
4 large eggs
1-1/2 cups skim milk
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup Nutella
1/4 tsp kosher salt
Grease (with butter or baking spray) the canister of a 3-quart slow cooker. Place the bread cubes in the canister.
In a small glass measuring cup, melt the butter and chocolate chips in a microwave (30-45 seconds on high). Set aside to cool slightly while you add all of the remaining ingredients to a large mixing bowl. Add the butter and chocolate mixture to the bowl, and whisk vigorously to combine until the custard is as smooth as possible.
Pour the custard over the bread cubes, and gently press on the bread (do not stir) until the top cubes have absorbed the custard.
Cook on LOW for 3 hours. Serve warm, topped with vanilla ice cream, whipped cream or heavy cream.
More recipes in The Perfect Pantry:
Thomas Jefferson's bread pudding
Nutella banana bruschetta
Easy fruit and Nutella puff pastry tartlets
Quick and easy Nutella and fruit turnovers
Chocolate and hazelnut dipped strawberries
Other recipes that use these pantry ingredients:
Grape bread pudding with white chocolate sauce, from La Fuji Mama
Chocolate bread pudding, from Grow. Cook. Eat.
Strawberry chocolate chip bread pudding, from Recipe Girl
Apple-chocolate bread pudding, from My Colombian Recipes
Croissant and chocolate bread pudding, from Noble Pig
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