Croissant Bread Pudding

Bread pudding is one of my favorite childhood eats, but the bread pudding that I used to eat, I have to admit, wasn’t as delicious as this croissant bread pudding.   It’s not surprising though because the deliciousness of  a bread pudding depends on the quality of the bread you are using.

I once saw a Krispy Kreme doughnut bread pudding from Paula Deen no less.. I have no doubt that is soooo good and so decadent, I won’t even try making sinful and I don’t think my family will allow it..Krispy Kreme doesn’t last long in our house; my little boy can finish  a half dozen box if I just let him but I don’t and I try not to pass by the store when we’re on the mall.

Back to the croissant pudding..the recipe is from Barefoot Contessa, my aunt (joke)  when I read the recipe,  my reaction was..whoa..that much egg yolks?! This is definitely rich and decadent.  I decided  to halved the recipe, I have a small family and my husband doesn’t like pudding.  I tweaked it just a little by using less egg yolks and adding chocolate chips. ..

The smell of the croissant is heavenly  (I love the smell of butter), I almost don’t want to make it into pudding but I’m glad my self-control is stronger now. I let it go stale for a  day before I made the pudding and here it is..Thanks again to Ina Garten for the recipe and for Peggy of Pantry Revisited  for  choosing it for us Barefoot Bloggers to try this month. 


cast of characters…le croissant; chocolat;  oeuf, lait, sucre et vanille (clear) in the bowl and raisins ( wonder what’s it called in French) ..haha just  trying to learn a bit of French.. 😉


slice the croissant in half; arrange the bottom parts in a baking dish, spread some raisin and chocolate chips ; cover with the top parts of the croissant


pour in the custard mixture and let soak for at least ten minutes before baking..


ta-d..-uh-oh…I  almost burned it..good thing I set the oven on low and the foil tent helped  a lot too.. I left it for over  two hours in the oven ( long story..). It  was puffed  high when I took  it out and when I came back with the looks like this already..sunken;  it doesn’t look appetizing but  inside it’s moist and delicious…yum!


3 extra-large whole eggs (I used two eggs)
8 extra-large egg yolks ( I used only 2 yolks)
5 cups half-and-half
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
6 croissants, preferably stale, sliced horizontally
1 cup raisins
I added some chocolate chips in addition to raisins.. ( optional)


note: *the oven to 325 degrees and I just set the temperature of the oven to low and then covered it with foil tent like it said in the ecipe.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the whole eggs, egg yolks, half-and-half, sugar, and vanilla. Set the custard mixture aside. Slice the croissants in half horizontally. In a 10 by 15 by 2 1/2-inch oval baking dish, distribute the bottoms of the sliced croissants, then add the raisins, then the tops of the croissants (brown side up), being sure the raisins are between the layers of croissants or they will burn while baking. Pour the custard over the croissants and allow to soak for 10 minutes, pressing down gently.

*Place the pan in a larger one filled with 1-inch of hot water ( baine marie). Cover the larger pan with aluminum foil, tenting the foil so it doesn’t touch the pudding. Cut a few holes in the foil to allow steam to escape. Bake for 45 minutes. Uncover and bake for 40 to 45 more minutes or until the pudding puffs up and the custard is set. Remove from the oven and cool slightly. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Thank you so much for reading and Have a nice day! 🙂

17 Responses to "Croissant Bread Pudding"

  1. Delishhh   April 21, 2010 at 3:34 pm

    What a great blog. I am just doing a giveaway for the cookbook that has this recipe. Check it out.

  2. Sophie   December 20, 2009 at 1:53 am

    A very festive, georgous & very rich& decadent croissant pudding!!

    Waw!!! MMMMMM,…

  3. kristy   December 17, 2009 at 10:12 am

    Wow, you made it look so simple and yet delicious! I love croissants & I can easily eat 1/2 a dozen of it in one shot! haha….

  4. The Little Teochew   December 16, 2009 at 5:25 am

    Gosh, I love the smell of butter too! And using croissants for a bread pudding is a novel idea. It must lend a whole lo of richness to the taste.

  5. Bridgett   December 15, 2009 at 3:02 pm

    Oh wow, now this recipe sounds really tasty.

  6. Conor @ HoldtheBeef   December 14, 2009 at 9:09 pm

    Well, not exactly healthy but it looks worth every calorie 😀

  7. Natasha - 5 Star Foodie   December 14, 2009 at 8:12 pm

    Mmm… the bread pudding with croissants sounds wonderful! My daughter would love the burnt side, always loves everything on the crispier side 🙂

  8. Trissa   December 14, 2009 at 3:45 am

    One of my favourite breakfast meals is a simple pain au chocolat – you’ve just elevated it into a dessert… YUM! Thanks for sharing.

  9. Eva   December 13, 2009 at 7:15 am

    my stomach is refusing solid food right now but somehow i still want this now!

  10. MaryMoh   December 13, 2009 at 12:10 am

    Croissant is already very delicious by itself. To make into pudding with all those chocolate chips…it has to be really good. Can tell by the picture. It makes me hungry.

  11. rebecca   December 11, 2009 at 3:23 pm

    oh wow this looks so so good, great idea

  12. Cheah   December 11, 2009 at 9:03 am

    This pudding looks yummy, especially the crispy croissant.

  13. Peggy   December 11, 2009 at 7:11 am

    Thank you so much for cooking along with me this week! Your pudding looks delicious. You are right, the bread makes a difference and these croissants were so good. Hope you are having a wonderful holiday season and happy baking!

    • Olive   December 11, 2009 at 8:12 am

      Thanks Peggy! 🙂

      ..Happy Holidays too and of course, Happy Baking ! 🙂
      ..I’m with you there, Anncoo, that’s why I still posted this pudding 🙂

  14. anncoo   December 11, 2009 at 6:40 am

    I really don’t mind the burnt, as long as it is nice to eat 😀

  15. foodlovee   December 11, 2009 at 4:54 am

    I will agreed to that ,the smell of the croissant is heavenly but sorry to said your croissant looks half dead.Ha..ha..ha

  16. Jeannie   December 11, 2009 at 4:21 am

    Hmm..a bit on the burnt side but still look crumptious.


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