Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding Recipe

Kelsey Banfield | The Naptime Chef

Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding is warm chocolate comfort. Serve with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.

Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding Photo

When I make a list of my favorite desserts, it is basically all nursery food that has been dressed up for adults. The perfectly fudgy brownies of my youth are laced with a touch of espresso, thick custard ice cream is flavored with corn and raspberry jam, and chocolate chip cookies, silky pudding, and bourbon are united in one bowl to be bourbon chocolate chip bread pudding. It is all about subtle twists when it comes to making a childhood favorite more appealing to adults. (Or, to me, at least.)

The nice thing about this bread pudding is that the alcohol bakes off, so this can technically be a family dessert. My kids didn’t even notice the undertones, but my husband I both think the bourbon gives the dessert an extra depth of flavor. It somehow feels more sophisticated and even makes it good for serving at dinner parties.

When I made this the other day I used a tired, stale loaf of ciabatta I had on hand. You could also use French bread or Challah if that is what you have. Just make sure it is on the stale (but not moldy) side, because staler bread does a better job of absorbing the sauce. After that, the trick is just to toss it all together lightly and let time take its course.

Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding Picture

I always let the casserole marinate for a bit because it allows the bread time to saturate entirely. This ways it puffs up beautifully as it bakes and looks like a gorgeous crowning dessert when you present it on the table. We use chocolate chips for our touch of chocolate. Other delicious additions would be raisins, nuts, or berries.

Serve up this dessert in big bowls with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a generous dollop of whipped cream. It will look beyond gorgeous and taste even better than the desserts of your youth!

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Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding Recipe

      9 Servings


  • 5 cups Stale Ciabatta, Cubed
  • 2 1/2 cups Whole Milk
  • 3 large Eggs
  • 1/2 cup Dark Brown Sugar, Packed
  • 2 tablespoons Bourbon
  • 1 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup Semisweet Chocolate Chips
  • Whipped Cream or Ice Cream, For serving


  1. Generously spray the inside bottom and sides of a 9x9 baking dish. Place the bread in the baking dish in an even a layer as possible. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, beat the milk, eggs, sugar, bourbon, vanilla, salt, and cinnamon until smooth and frothy.
  3. Pour the mixture carefully over the bread so it all absorbs into the bread.
  4. Press the bread down with a wooden spoon to encourage it to absorb the sauce. Cover the pan with plastic wrap and let it soak for 4 hours, or up to 8.
  5. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Scatter the chocolate chips on top of the bread pudding.
  6. Bake it for 35 to 40 minutes, or until it is golden brown on top and the casserole is puffed up nice and high.
  7. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes.
  8. Serve warm with whipped cream or ice cream.


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Author: Kelsey Banfield
Recipe Yields: 1 casserole
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 295 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe 9

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 53
Calories 240

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g
  Saturated Fat 3g
Sodium 251mg
Total Carbohydrate 31g
  Dietary Fiber 1g
  Sugars 21g
Protein 6g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
Kelsey Banfield

About Kelsey

Kelsey Banfield is The Naptime Chef. Just because kids come along doesn't mean you have to give up great food. As one of our Baking Fanatic, she'll be showing you all the great things you can whip up during naptime!

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