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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Nutella Bread Pudding

Can’t help but share this recipe with you – because it just screams Thanksgiving dessert! Use store-bought croissants (day old works best) and the rest is a cinch. My buds and two people who do so much for me at SK that I couldn’t possibly imagine life without ‘em, Adam and Joanne from Inspired Taste created this recipe! ~Jaden

Breakfast or dessert? We’re not sure, but either way it’s delicious. Here’s how we do it:

Start by slicing 3 croissants in half then generously slather Nutella onto one side. Put the halves back together to make a sandwich.

If you dare to continue, cut the Nutella sandwiches into smaller pieces, make them about 2-inches in size.

Toss the sandwich pieces into a small baking dish along with a handful of pecan halves (you could substitute with walnuts, hazelnuts or not add nuts at all, we just enjoyed the extra crunch).

Add 2 eggs and cream to a bowl, this is the start of the custard base. For depth of flavor, add some vanilla extract. Then, some salt — salt is a wonderful thing when making sweeter recipes, especially those with chocolate. Just as salt helps with enhancing flavor in savory dishes, it helps here, too. Finally, add some sugar and whisk everything together.

Pour the custard over the sandwich pieces and nuts. Then push everything down, smooshing the croissants slightly, this just helps them absorb that custard even more.

To bake, cover the bread pudding with foil for about 30 minutes, remove it then bake an additional 10 minutes or so until golden brown on top, the bread pudding has risen slightly and the liquid has all been absorbed.

Serve with ice cream or just as is out of the baking dish with spoons.


Nutella Bread Pudding Recipe

Servings: 2 Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 40 minutes
Nutella Bread Pudding Recipe - final

Recipe by Adam & Joanne Gallagher. Inspired Taste blog

This recipe doubles nicely if you're serving more than 2 people. If you do not have croissants on hand, brioche, Challah and even French bread or a baguette will work well. Try to use bread that is 1-2 days old when making bread pudding, older bread will absorb more of the custard.


3 croissants (preferably 1-2 days old)
3/4 cup Nutella
1/4 cup pecan halves
2 eggs
1 cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup sugarpowdered sugar


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Slice each croissant in half lengthwise then slather one side with Nutella. Put the halves back together to make sandwiches and cut into 2-inch pieces.
Add sandwich pieces and pecans to a small baking dish (suggested: 10-inch x 5-inch loaf pan).
To make the custard, add eggs, cream, vanilla extract, salt and sugar to a medium bowl and whisk until combined.
Pour the custard over the sandwich pieces then gently push down the bread so the custard starts to absorb.
Cover with aluminum foil and bake in a 350 degree oven for 30 minutes then remove the foil and continue to bake uncovered for about 10 minutes until the bread pudding is golden brown, has risen slightly and the liquid has bee completely absorbed. Let cool and then sprinkle on powdered sugar to finish.

69 Responses to “Nutella Bread Pudding”

  1. Sarah James — 11/17/11 @ 10:47 am

    All I can say is sweet lord!!

  2. SeattleDee — 11/17/11 @ 10:55 am

    OMG, I think I gained a few pounds just just reading the recipe. Heaven in a bite here with nutella, croissants, custard and pecans.

  3. Laura — 11/17/11 @ 11:12 am

    Amazing! Nuetella makes everythng better and I already love bread pudding. Makes me want to stay home from the office and make this NOW!

  4. jen da purse ho — 11/17/11 @ 1:30 pm

    OMFG. i’m making it just to eat it all myself! MUHAHAH!

  5. I love how you kept the pecans whole. How you’ve sandwiched the Nutella. How the cream stays simple. :) Yum

  6. Jessica — 11/18/11 @ 12:14 am

    I think I love you. Scratch that, I do. Holy yum!

  7. arwen — 11/18/11 @ 12:31 am

    are you f*!#*&$ serious???? i’m going to make mine with slivered almonds.

  8. love cooking — 11/18/11 @ 1:44 am

    Wow…this is so good. It is simple, sweet and delicious. So I can have dessert more often from now on. :)

  9. Shira — 11/18/11 @ 8:29 am

    Having friends for dinner tomorrow night – I think I’m going to have to make this!!!!!!

  10. Oh my. That looks and sounds so good. We are big Nutella fans.

  11. Zedora — 11/18/11 @ 12:31 pm

    Holy Nutella, Batman! This looks fabulous!

    I don’t know that I would be willing to share for Thanksgiving, so I must do a trial run for ME first!

  12. Bev Weidner — 11/18/11 @ 6:15 pm

    Nutella is my new boyfriend.

  13. Yuri - Chef Pandita — 11/19/11 @ 12:13 am

    Wow I must make this soon! Looks amazing :)

  14. Alexandra — 11/19/11 @ 4:28 pm

    Awesome idea!! Nutella & croissants alone are amazing..cant imagine it as a bread pudding!! Yum :)

  15. QlinArt — 11/20/11 @ 3:03 pm

    Looks AMAZING and really easy! And yes, please keep on sharing your fabulous recipes. Love Nutella.

  16. Kathryn O — 11/20/11 @ 6:25 pm

    Wow. This looks unbelievable — I don’t think it gets any better carbs, nutella and heavy cream! This is definitely on the menu the next time I have guests!

  17. I love this idea! I am hosting Thanksgiving for the first time and this would be a perfect, simple dish! Thank you!

  18. Angie — 11/21/11 @ 5:19 pm

    What a great idea, I love it!

  19. sharon — 11/21/11 @ 7:00 pm

    I might just have my Thanksgiving dessert picked out! Yum, but holy calories. It’s just once a year, right?

  20. Stuart Reb Donald — 11/22/11 @ 12:26 am

    Jaden, you evil, evil woman. I’m already trying to figure out a hard sauce for it. I’m thinking something with Kahlua.

  21. Shopaholicinvan — 11/22/11 @ 2:03 am

    OMG. I think I just had a foodgasm. Will make this weekend. Promise!

  22. I may have just found Christmas morning’s breakfast!

  23. We usually keep our cupboards stocked with nutella. This would be a great idea for thanksgiving desert and seems yummy.

  24. Oh my goodness,this is absolutely divine! How can I resist not making this? Must try this one for family brunch. Thanks, Jaden!

  25. Bev — 11/25/11 @ 1:50 am

    My 3 yr old loves Nutella… he will go crazy for this stuff, I am serioulsy going to attempt this!!! I’m fairly new in the kitchen, so I hope this is as easy as 1…2…3… coz that’s all i’m good for (hehehe).

  26. Carol — 11/26/11 @ 4:20 pm

    Oh my goodness… this sounds delicious! My hubby loves nutella.. I’ll have to make this one for him.

  27. DK — 11/28/11 @ 2:39 am

    oohhh..la…la! (Note to self) next time I go shopping pick up Nutella!

  28. Kim Bee — 11/28/11 @ 2:14 pm

    This is such an inspired idea. I would have never thought to do this. I have never tried Nutella before but I think I need to jump on the bandwagon soon. People just rave about it.

  29. joey — 11/29/11 @ 8:43 am

    Goodness ME!!! Oh yes please thank you and then some!!!

  30. charles — 11/29/11 @ 5:18 pm

    I saw this recipe and decided, last minute, that it would be one of my desserts for Thanksgiving. I quadrupled the amount and had some for breakfast, as well. I had to use french bread instead croissants, but all was well. My wife says that I will have to make it more often. It was even better the next day.

  31. Lisa — 11/30/11 @ 9:28 am

    You just rang my bell with this one! Can’t wait to make it!

  32. Ana T — 12/1/11 @ 8:50 am

    omg i just made this today and it was nothing but melt in your mouth goodness. best bread pudding i have ever had! EVER

  33. Louise — 12/1/11 @ 9:18 pm

    When I worked at a bakery this is what I would always do with the leftover croissants. I used chocolate chips instead of nutella. Sometimes I would dot the top with preserves or marmalade. Whenever I made it my guy ate the whole thing in one night. :-)

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  37. Claire — 1/5/12 @ 3:46 pm

    I made this tonight – it is delicious. Thanks so much

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  42. HighPlainsMom — 3/22/12 @ 2:48 pm

    I have only one concern — will I be able to stop eating the Nutella croissant sandwiches long enough to make the pudding?

  43. Sham — 4/9/12 @ 6:54 pm

    Hi ladies, I really want to try this. But what is heavy cream? Havent seen that in Australia.

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  46. Margarita — 7/27/12 @ 1:11 am

    Simply yummy yummy, just finished 30 mins ago, I can not believe how good it’s smelled when I took it out from the oven.
    I double it since I know my hubby will finish it all by himself, so I taste it and I can trully say that this dessert is for every occasion, please dont wait for thanksgivin to indulge youlself.

  47. JoAnne — 7/27/12 @ 7:29 pm

    I’ve gotta say that is one of the best and easiest desserts I’ve made in years. I doubled it for my husband and I. 2 days later it’s gone. Breakfast, lunch, or dinner, it didn’t matter. I can’t take any to share at work, it wouldn’t get out of the house.

  48. trish — 8/30/12 @ 8:32 am

    love this taught be how to make bread pudding

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