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Chocolate-Chili Bread Pudding

  • Prep Time 0:25
  • Cook Time 0:20
  • Estimated Cost $18.50
  • 1 Comment

Yes, I realize that it’s summer, and that bread pudding is usually better-suited to cold-weather eating, but, you know what? I live in San Francisco where 55-degree days are not uncommon in July, so I figured a spicy, chocolaty, cinnamon-y bread pudding was totally appropriate. Serve it with a scoop of White Peach-Ginger Ice Cream for an overwhelmingly delicious melding of the seasons.

Note: You probably have most of these ingredients at home already, so don’t wince too much at the $18.50 price tag.


  • 1 baguette French or sourdough, cubed (it's better if it's a little stale) $1.50
  • 1 pint (2 cups) half-and-half $1.50
  • 1/2 cup sugar Pantry
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar Pantry
  • 1/8 cup cocoa powder $4 for 8 oz.
  • 2 tsp vanilla $4 for 4 oz.
  • 1 tsp cinnamon $1.50 for 1 oz.
  • 2 tsp Ancho chili powder, plus more for garnish $1.50 for 1 oz.
  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten $1.50 for 6
  • 2/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips $3 for a 12-oz. bag

Recipe Serves 4-6


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Lightly grease 1 8" square/round pan or 4-6 ramekins (depending on size) with a little vegetable oil or butter. Set aside.
  2. In a large saucepan, over medium heat, whisk together the half-and-half, sugars, cocoa powder, vanilla, cinnamon and chili powder. Slowly add the eggs, whisking throughout to avoid scrambling the eggs. Continue whisking until a rich, creamy custard forms.
  3. Carefully stir in the bread cubes and chocolate chips. Remove from heat and allow to sit for 10 minutes.
  4. Pour mixture into prepared pan(s) and bake for 20 minutes or until pudding has set. Allow to cool slightly.
  5. Garnish the bread pudding with a sprinkle of chili powder. Serve either warm or chilled.

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Jezzie, on Dec 4, 12:29 AM, wrote:

Can we get some measurements on that “baguette”? I tried this recipe and used a baguette that was too big, which ruined the whole thing. How many cups of bread cubes did you use, OR, preferably, what was the total weight of the bread? (That way we’ll know what size baguette to buy…)