Recipe: Chocolate and Salted Caramel Bread Pudding

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I’d like to think that I jumped on the salted caramel train before it became wildly popular (Even Starbucks now has a salted caramel hot chocolate).  Whether this is the case or not, I’m not actually sure.  However, when offered the opportunity to create a recipe using Nature’s Pride bread through the Foodbuzz Tastemaker Program, I immediately knew I wanted to incorporate salted caramel.  The top 6 tastemakers get to demonstrate their recipes at this year’s Foodbuzz Festival – how sweet is that?? (Har har).

Incorporating a basic bread pudding base, this recipe’s secret lies in the homemade caramel and large-grain salt.  I also use Herrell’s brand hot fudge, which is simply amazing – but feel free to use your own favorite chocolate topping.  I made a full recipe to bring to work, and an individual portion for myself, ha! I’d recommend you do the same ;). Enjoy!

Bread Pudding with Chocolate and Salted Caramel Glaze

Ingredients

Bread Pudding

6 slices of Nature’s Pride Country White Bread

2 tbsp butter, melted

3 eggs

1 cup heavy cream

1 cup milk

2/3 cup white sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

Caramel Topping

1 cup sugar

1/2 cup water

1 1/2 cups heavy cream

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Additional

1 jar of your favorite premium chocolate topping

Large grain sea salt

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Break bread into small pieces.  Place pieces in 8-inch baking pan or dish.

3. Drizzle melted butter over bread pieces

4. In a mixing bowl, beat eggs.  Add in cream, milk, sugar and vanilla until combined.

5. Pour egg mixture over bread pieces, pressing down on bread pieces to maximize soaking.

6. Bake for 45 minutes, or until texture is spongy.

Meanwhile, make the caramel glaze:

7. Dissolve sugar in water over low heat. Do not stir!

8. Once mixture turns light golden, immediately remove from heat.

9. Gradually add cream and vanilla, stirring until caramel glaze is smooth.

10. Drizzle caramel glaze and chocolate sauce onto bread pudding – you won’t use all of it. Sprinkle with salt, to taste. Serve immediately!

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11 Comments

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    Try Anything Once Terri
    September 24, 2010 at 4:11 pm

    I loved when Starbucks did the haute hot chocolates last year and had the Salted Caramel and then brought it back! Genius! This looks awesome. Loving plating/food styling 🙂 I'm still intimiated by dessert though. 🙂

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    PartyPlannerGal
    September 24, 2010 at 5:40 pm

    Oh my goodness . . . yum!!! This is perfect for my fiance's birthday – I'll definitely be making this 🙂

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    Stampin' Diva
    September 24, 2010 at 5:40 pm

    Would have never thought of the salt!!!

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    Jessica
    September 24, 2010 at 5:43 pm

    I've tried caramel before, to my demise. I'll have to give it another whack! Looks good!

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    Jessica
    September 24, 2010 at 5:44 pm

    *making caramel that is.*

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    BWB
    September 24, 2010 at 6:01 pm

    it's just like this week's Modern Family episode with the salt and chocolate milk! 😛

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    Christina
    September 24, 2010 at 10:06 pm

    This looks amaaazing! I can't wait to try this recipe, it looks fairly simple!

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    Justin
    September 25, 2010 at 4:03 pm

    that looks so good… it reminds me i haven't made bread pudding in years.

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    Katie
    September 25, 2010 at 8:21 pm

    Oh man, it looks seriously decadent! I can't remember the last time I've had bread pudding…

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    melinda
    September 28, 2010 at 2:43 am

    I love bread pudding! Usually I bust out a cherry/chocolate version with rosemary whipped cream around the holidays, but perhaps I'll give this version a whirl this year!

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    Lea @ Healthy Coconut
    October 7, 2010 at 7:02 pm

    Hi Noshgirl,

    I made bread pudding for the first time this week and it was delicious. I baked Creamy Chocolate bread pudding and I am still enjoying it days later.

    I'm hooked on this treat.

    I'm new to your blog, found it thru twitter. I love all the colors you have on here and your pictures too.

    ~ Lea

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