Bread Pudding

Apple & Dark Chocolate Bread Pudding

Stacks of paper flood desks, drawers, cabinets, nightstands and even chairs. Mornings once filled with frivolous sips of coffee and moments passed with little purpose until I wander off to a nine to five are replaced with hurried gulps in between busy work. Market analyses, environment analyses, mornings spent staring at numbers and words once so foreign.

The sun rises higher in the sky, mugs are emptied and replaced with more coffee, and emptied again. Speculation and research come together to form careful plans. Analysis becomes the foundation of an experiment quickly growing into what could be years of adventure.

A quick lunch is scarfed down and my eyes begin pacing over pages and pages of numbers. My creative-inspired, “the man”-hating mind struggles to comprehend what I’m looking at. A snack and numbers become formulas, recurring patterns that lend credibility to a dream I am chasing on paper.

Lunch and coffee is replaced with unhealthy snacks and more caffeine in all sorts and forms. Numbers, formulas, plans, analyses flood my busy mind. I stare at ingredients, parts that seemingly mean nothing on their own. A spoon in one hand and an apple in the other; a dream of owning a business in my heart and a nearly complete business plan sitting on my hard drive. After nearly half a year of living so many different parts of a plan, the big picture comes together. I am left with little doubt that the leap I am about to take will come to fruition; I know in my heart and mind that I’m finally ready to stop planning for my dream and begin making it happen.

A recipe mirrors my own place in life. Ingredients I have not yet paired come together in my mind as a potentially exciting combination. I research classic and contemporary flavor profiles, examine recipes I can adapt, and  taste each of the ingredients on their own. Then I try them together. My tastebuds are tantalized. I organize my kitchen, prepare all the ingredients and begin building a new recipe.

Busy, happy moments in the kitchen pass by and soon I am sliding an assembled bread pudding into the oven. I can only wait and hope; despite careful planning my nerves get the best of me on game day. Then I slip my spoon into the soft chocolate and apple bread pudding. I take care to scoop up a little bit of each part. A taste, a moment savored and my hard work pays off. More bites follow and I know I’ve achieved a kitchen success.

I take a plate stacked high with tart apple and dark chocolate bread pudding, sitting in a big puddle of bourbon cream sauce, back to my makeshift office in my breakfast room, and get back to the numbers, the planning and the preparation for what will be a year of chasing dreams.


Tart Apple & Dark Chocolate Bread Pudding

Bread pudding started centuries ago as a way to use up old bread. Even in modern times many chef’s believe that the purpose of this scrumptious dessert is to use up stale bread. You can use any bread you have lying around to make this recipe. The breads I have included in this recipe are the breads I used and work wonderfully in this recipe.

If your bread is particularly stale or dry you can avoid the toasting step. I used fresh bread though, so it is necessary to toast it first – this ensures the bread will absorb the custard.

If you don’t like very dark chocolate, you can substitute the chocolates I use for a slightly sweeter chocolate.

Difficulty: Intermediate


9×11 baking dish
Chef’s knife/bread knife
Paring knife
Baking sheet
Heavy -bottomed pot
Wooden spoon
Fine mesh sieve
Large bowl
Parchment Paper
Heavy dish about 9×11


12 ounces challah (or similar sweet egg bread), cut into 1 inch cubes
12 ounces cranberry pistachio bread (or similar fruit & nut bread), cut into 1 inch cubes
2 ounces butter, melted
1 pound granny smith apples, peeled & chopped into 1/2 inch cubes
6 ounces unsalted butter
6 ounces sugar
2 teaspoons orange zest
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 1/2 ounce unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 cup milk, heated to the scaling point
8 eggs, at room temp.
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 ounces 99% cocoa chocolate bar, finely chopped
4 ounces dark (60% or more cocoa) chocolate bar, roughly chopped
1/2 cup cream


1. Preheat an oven to 400°F. Butter the bread cubes with the 2 ounces melted butter and lay them out in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake the bread cubes for 10 to 12 minutes until toasted and just barely browned. Set aside.

2. Heat the 6 ounces of unsalted butter in a heavy bottomed pot over medium heat. Add the cubed apples and cook for 5 minutes until the apples begin to soften.

3. Add the sugar, orange zest and cinnamon to the pot with the apples. Continue to cook the mixture for another 5 to 10 minutes until the apples begin to turn translucent.

4. Strain the apples from the liquid, saving the liquid in a large bowl (this will become the custard). Set the apples aside.

5. Add the cocoa powder to the strained sauce and mix in until evenly combined.

6.  Add the eggs, 2 at a time, to the chocolate sauce and mix until combined.

7. Add the warm milk to the sauce/custard slowly, mixing it in completely. Add the vanilla and stir in.

8. Begin assembling the bread pudding by arranging a flat layer of bread in the baking dish. Be sure that the bread is tightly packed so there are no gaps. Spread half of the chocolate and half of the apples on top of the bread. Pour half of the chocolate custard over the first layer slowly.

9. Repeat step 8 to form a second layer, using the rest of the bread, apples, chocolate and custard.

10. Lay a sheet of parchment paper on top of the bread pudding. Using a similar size and shape dish, lay the dish, with a heavy item in the dish, on top of the parchment paper so it will compress the bread pudding. You may want to place the bread pudding in a baking sheet as extra custard could pour over the sides during this step.

11. Let the bread pudding rest for 1 hour at room temperature, with the weighted dish on top. Preheat the oven to 350°F.

12. After an hour, remove the weighted baking dish and parchment paper. Bake the bread pudding in a preheated oven for 35 minutes.

13. Let cool until it is room temperature. Serve warm, at room temp. or cool, depending on your taste. Store in the refrigerator.


You can serve this bread pudding on its own or with a bourbon cream sauce, which pairs excellently with the flavors in this dish. You can also served the bread pudding with a chocolate sauce.


Bourbon Cream Sauce

This is adapted from a Bo Friberg recipe and will yield 2 cups of sauce.

Difficulty: Intermediate (While this recipe is straight forward, it requires a lot of constant whisking.)


Bain Marie
Stand mixer or hand mixer
Glass bowls


3 egg yolks
2 ounces sugar
1/4 cup bourbon
1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 cup heavy cream


1. Place the egg yolks, sugar and bourbon over a simmering bain marie. Whisk constantly until the mixture reaches the ribbon stage (the mixture will be very thick; when you lift the whisk, the mixture stuck to the whisk will slowly fall back to the bowl in thick ribbons).

2. Off the heat, whisk in the vanilla extract. Whisk the mixture constantly until it is cool (you can do this part in a stand mixer or with a hand mixer).

3. Once cool, the mixture should appear even thicker. Set aside.

4. Whisk the heavy cream until it is very thick (stop before it reaches soft peaks). Fold the cream into the bourbon mixture.

5. Store in the refrigerator.


You can serve this sauce at room temperature or cold.


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AUTHOR - Russell van Kraayenburg

Food nerd. Cookbook author. Founder of Chasing Delicious. Pastry cook at Fluff Bake Bar. Lover of hot dogs. Russell van Kraayenburg founded Chasing Delicious in 2010 and has been chasing delicious recipes ever since. Russell is author of the cookbooks Haute Dogs and Making Dough.


  • Brian @ A Thought For Food

    There are so many people who poo poo bread pudding… well, they need to try this and admit they’re wrong. :-)

  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

    This looks insanely delicious! Love this idea!

  • thelittleloaf

    Beautiful. I can imagine the tart apples really offset that rich chocolate and provide texture against the bread. Will definitely have to try this!

  • Vanessa

    Well done, sir! Looks amazing.


    i think i’m in the minority when i say that i’m a big, big fan of bread pudding . . . if it’s done well . . . and this one is beautiful . . . a nice balance of sweet/tart and i really like the addition of apples

  • Ann P.

    I love anything with bourbon… and chocolate… and apples. :) Perfect dessert!

  • Sharyn Dimmick

    This is …unusual. It might be lovely, or just odd. I don’t think I’ve ever eaten apples and chocolate together.

  • Maureen

    people who don’t love bread pudding never had a good one. :) This dessert sounds divine!

  • Katie @ OhShineOn

    This looks absolutely marvelous. I love how much detail you capture during the preparation process. I’d love to make an adaption of this recipe very, very soon.

  • kitchenriffs

    Bread pudding, done right, is insanely good. Yours looks like it’s done right. Really like how you use light in your pictures. Anyway, thanks for this.

  • Lauren at Keep It Sweet

    This looks incredible!

  • Melissa // thefauxmartha

    Yes please. I’ll be adding this to the to-make list! Yum.

  • Kiri W.

    Dark chocolate bead pudding sounds liek just what I need today :) Looks glorious, and I can only imagine how wonderful the bourbon sauce goes with it.

  • RavieNomNoms

    Yes pleeeeeeaaassseee! I have only had bread pudding a handful of times, but I can tell you that I would enjoy this. I mean Bourbon Cream Sauce? You can’t go wrong!

  • Tina@flourtrader

    Bravo to you pairing apples with chocolate. It is not done a whole lot, but the blend is heavenly. The fact that you used a fruit bread here does add a little bit more zip than plain bread, so that it a good thing. The sauce does look like something that would go well with a lot of things. Both recipes are very creative and there is no doubt they are delicious. Well done!

  • Anna

    I like the pairing of apples with DARK chocolate here. Bourbon sauce would make my Hubs eat it too! Well done :)

  • The Mom Chef ~ Taking on Magazines One Recipe at a Time

    I hope that you’re able to catch that dream your chasing so diligently. It’s good to see that you’re taking time to stop and enjoy dessert. This is amazing. As others have said, I enjoy bread pudding when it’s done well (and so few are). I love the flavors you’ve put together for this one.

  • mjauQi

    this looks jummy, and I want it!

  • Janet@FCTC

    I love bread pudding and am always on the lookout for new recipes for this. This one sounds great! I love the combo of apples and dark chocolate. Add in that sauce and I would be in heaven!

  • Liz

    Oh, my. This is one awesome bread pudding.

  • Kim Bee

    This is really incredible, and your photos are stunning. Your writing skills blow my mind every time I visit. When you get your cookbook deal please promise you’ll sign my copy okay!!

  • Tina

    Yum! I LOVE chocolate bread pudding!

  • Suzanne

    Lovely post and photos! I want to come over for a bite of this :) I shared this on pintrest, thanks for stopping by my blog.

  • Eliot

    Tart apples and dark chocolate??? I am glad you put these two together. Great post.

  • Amy (Minimally Invasive)

    Oh, my. This looks really, really great. I’ve experimented a lot with bread puddings over the years, but never thought to mix apples and chocolate. And, of course, bourbon just makes everything better. What a wonderful combination!

  • juniakk @ mis pensamientos

    dark chocolate pudding sounds DELICIOUS. what a beautiful recipe. and you have gorgeous photos here!

  • Culinary Cache

    Wow – this is a beautiful recipe, love the dark rich chocolate flavor set off by the tart apples, this is one I will have to make very, very soon!

  • Lacy

    This sounds like an amazing creation! I love bread pudding but I never imagined it with a dark chocolate & apple combo, sounds absolutely mouth watering. And the bourbon cream sauce, heaven!

  • Happy When Not Hungry

    Oh my! This looks amazing!

  • Shumaila

    What an interesting combination for a bread pudding! I bet I would love it- apples- chocolate- bourbon- what else could a girl ask for!

  • Stephanie

    Sounds like you have exciting things on the horizon this year!! I can’t wait to see how things unfold for you :)

    I love bread pudding, esp when its got some sort of boozy sauce and whipped cream. Its my go-to dessert when I’m at a diner or a fancy place. However, I’ve never made it myself. Probably because I eat too much bread and none is ever left over

  • Julia @ The Roasted Root

    With a background in finance myself, I can definitely relate to your post. I made a bread pudding with a whiskey sauce a couple weeks back and now I’m hooked on the liquor sauces for bread pudding. Will definitely give your bourbon cream sauce a shot! Keep up the great work on your blog – looks awesome!

  • Jen Laceda

    Nothing wrong in chasing dreams…dreams with bourbon cream sauce…yummy!

  • The Café Sucré Farine

    Yummy! Love your photos and colors together! Bread pudding is always a hit at my house and this looks amazing!

  • Carolyn

    What a fantastic flavour of bread pudding!

  • Amy at Gastronome Tart

    I have been meaning to make a bread pudding for some time now (been having a serious craving) and this recipe is just what I needed to get a kick to get started. Thanks for sharing!

  • Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction

    Looks divine! Bread pudding is one of my favorites.

  • Katherine Martinelli

    Everything about this just calls out to me! I will definitely use dark chocolate – the darker the better! And sounds like you have an exciting year of chasing dreams ahead of you. Best of luck!

  • Joanne

    In a world full of chaos and so much stress…there’s good bread pudding. And sometimes…that’s all that you really need to set things right. Loving this.

  • Beth Michelle

    My thighs are so starting to hate you :)
    Another beautiful and delicious recipe.

  • Meeta

    After such a hard crazy day a soul-satisfying dish like this rocks. Looks heavenly R. Need to get me a spoon!

  • Reem | Simply Reem

    How can anyone not like bread pudding?
    If there is anyone who do not like bread pudding than this will convert him too….
    I love the use of apples, little tartness yumm…

  • Magic of Spice

    This is the most delightful bread pudding I have ever encountered…now if I could only taste it through my
    screen :) Beautiful recipe!

  • RisaG

    OMG this sounds so good. I am gaining weight just looking at it.

  • Terra

    Bourbon Cream Sauce? Oh my yes, that would be amazing on the apple chocolate bread pudding, perfect! Take care, Terra

  • Tracy @ Daily Deal Blog

    This recipe looks great. I love finding recipes that are healthy and yummy!  

  • Gourmet Creations

    Can’t wait to try this!

  • Gene Cox

    I am definitely a lover of bread pudding. To use the sinful dark chocolate is awesome. Thanks.

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