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Chocolate Cherry Bread Pudding

A lusciously creamy bread pudding with bursts of sweet dried cherry and a generous drizzle of warm chocolate ganache sauce. Comfort food dessert heaven.
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes


For the Cherry Bread Pudding

  • 5 cups bread cubes Use any good quality bread. I’ve used day old croissants here but Brioche, French, Italian or Belgian bread is good too.
  • 1 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 cups whipping cream
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 cup dried cherries
  • For the Warm Chocolate Ganache Sauce
  • 1/2 cup whipping cream
  • 1/2 pound chocolate chips or good quality chopped chocolate


  1. Grease a 9x9 inch square baking dish or similar sized baking dish.
  2. Toss the bread cubes with the cinnamon and nutmeg and place 1/2 of them in the bottom of the greased baking dish and sprinkle 1/2 cup of the dried cherries over them.
  3. Add the second half of the bread cubes and sprinkle with the remaining dried cherries.
  4. Whisk together the whipping cream, milk, eggs, egg yolks, white sugar, brown sugar, vanilla extract and salt.
  5. Pour the mixture evenly over the bread cubes, pressing down slightly to make sure all the cubes are soaked. Let the pudding sit for 20-30 minutes for all of the cream mixture to be absorbed by the bread.
  6. Bake in a 350 degree oven for about 45-50 minutes until the custard is set and no longer liquid in the center. Let the bread pudding stand for about 20 minutes before serving with the warm chocolate ganche sauce.

For the Chocolate Ganache Sauce

  1. Heat the cream to scalding but not boiling.
  2. Pour the hot cream over the chopped chocolate or chocolate chips.
  3. Let stand for 5 minutes before stirring until smooth.