Last week we made a quick trip into Aldi because a friend told me that they had a nice selection of organic baby food. We found that, but I also ended up with the ingredients to make this Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding. We can’t go into Aldi without coming out with at least one loaf of their brioche bread. My husband loves to use it to make French toast and they stock a rotating variety of flavors. During our trip they had a chocolate chip variety with a swirl of what appeared to be vanilla custard. It looked delicious and he couldn’t resist. My husband used one loaf to make French toast and he left the remaining loaf for me to make something with our son. I had planned to make French toast again, but he ended up having a 10am basketball game so labor-intensive French toast was a no-go. I needed to be able to make something that didn’t require me standing over the stove; I was parenting solo that weekend because my husband was in Korea and I had two kids to get ready for a game. My version of bread pudding is basically the same recipe that I used for this bread pudding, except it can be dumped into one casserole dish and baked in the oven. Here’s my recipe for Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding using Chocolate Chip brioche bread. I hope you’ll check it out and feel free to substitute other varieties of brioche bread in this recipe.
This bread pudding is sweet enough for our taste when you use the chocolate chip brioche as a base. My son tried to convince me to make chocolate “gravy” to spoon over it, but I didn’t want to drown out of the delicious taste of the bread. I did let him spoon a little whipped cream on top. If you’re serving it for breakfast, you could also serve it with maple or light white corn syrup.
Pictured above is the loaf of brioche that I used. Our local Aldi usually stocks chocolate chip, vanilla and chocolate varieties, and the selection varies from week to week. You can swap out the variety and it should still taste equally delicious.
You don’t need any fancy ingredients other than the brioche bread. I just used eggs, milk, butter and salt from my pantry.
- 1¾ cup milk
- 1 loaf of brioche bread cut into cubes
- ¼ cup melted butter
- 2 eggs
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- Preheat your oven to 350F
- Lightly grease a round or oval casserole dish
- Whip eggs, milk, butter and salt together until frothy
- Spread cubed bread into your dish
- Evenly pour mixture over bread and allow it to sit for 15 minutes in the refrigerator
- Mixture should soak into the bread
- Make sure that bread is evenly coated, but don't over stir because the bread will start to crumble apart.
- Bake uncovered 35-45 minutes until golden brown
- Serve with whipped cream or syrup.
You can make this as a breakfast dish or as a dessert, and it’s so easy. It’s especially great when you want something a little different for breakfast but you don’t want to spend all morning in the kitchen. It’s also easy enough that your kids can help. My 8 year old son loved helping me make it. He loves to learn about cooking and we got to spend a little time together in the kitchen.
I hope you’ll try this simple Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding recipe and please let me know if you do. If you prefer a sweeter tasting bread pudding you can make a sauce to go over it or add 1/3 cup sugar to the milk and egg mixture. I hope they stock the vanilla cream version of this brioche this week at Aldi so that I can make it before my son’s last basketball game of the season. I have another bread pudding recipe on the blog you can check out, but this Double Chocolate Chip Pecan Bread Pudding is definitely dessert.