I like that fact that bread pudding is a cross between a custard and a cake. I also like that it tends to be a family-style dessert, baked in a big casserole dish or a loaf pan and and portioned out into both big and small servings. It can be made in advance and can also serve a crowd. But as nice as it is as a family-style, comfort food dish, it can be just as nice when it is put in a smaller package made into something a little more elegant. With single serving bread puddings, you get the flavor of all that comfort food in a dressed up package.
These Individual Nutella Bread Puddings are very rich tasting and not too sweet. There is quite a lot of Nutella – a creamy chocolate hazelnut spread – in the bread pudding mixture, so these have a nice hazelnut flavor to the, as well as a good chocolate flavor. Adding in some chocolate chips really ups the amount of chocolate you taste in each bite – especially when this bread pudding is served hot and the chips are still melty. These are also tasty when chilled, though leftovers will heat up well in the microwave.
These puddings are easy enough to make for everyday occasions, but they make a fantastic and easy-to-make special occasion dessert as well. Valentine’s Day and anniversaries in particular are perfect for a chocolaty dessert like this, where you can give your loved one his or her own serving, or the two of you can split one. I like these plain, but a little dollop of whipped cream or even a bit of vanilla ice cream melting on top of a hot bread pudding would really finish things off well.
Individual Nutella Bread Puddings
5 cups cubed challah or brioche bread (approx 1/2 loaf)
2 cups milk
2 large eggs
1/2 cup Nutella
2 tbsp cocoa powder
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 375F. Lightly grease six 6-oz ramekins.
In a large bowl, whisk together milk, eggs, Nutella, cocoa powder and vanilla until very smooth. Add in cubed bread and turn gently with a spatula to coat. Let stand for 5 minutes to allow bread to soak up some of the liquid. Gently fold in chocolate chips.
Use a large spoon to evenly distribute the pudding mixture between the prepared ramekins. Place ramekins on a baking sheet (you may want to line it with aluminum foil to catch any drips).
Bake for 20-25 minutes, until puddings are puffed set.
Cool for 10 minutes before serving. Puddings may deflate slightly as they cool.
meesoJanuary 29, 2010
Yum, these look amazing! I am bookmarking!
ToryJanuary 29, 2010
Hi Nicole! Looks delish- think I’m going to make it for a dinner party tomorrow night. If you wanted to make this in one pan, do you have a reccomendation of what size to use and baking time?
EllenJanuary 29, 2010
OMG… Brioche & Nutella are certainly a match made in heaven, so I don’t see how this can be anything but heavenly! Mmmmmm…
sugar plum fairyJanuary 30, 2010
LOVE NUTELLA AS DO U SO SO SO MUCH…..
ConfectionateJanuary 30, 2010
I am dying to make these!
HannahJanuary 30, 2010
Oh, so rich, so decadent, so this is torture! This would be the perfect thing to eat right now, in the midst of Charlottesville’s snowstorm, and yet I couldn’t get to the grocery store yesterday and don’t have nutella or (heavens!) even eggs. Sadness!
TashaJanuary 30, 2010
Looks yummy!!! I’m new to the foodie blog world, I recently started my own LAST WEEK! haha.. But I really enjoy yours. I visit daily.
Avanika (Yumsilicious Bakes)January 31, 2010
Wow! You just threw my diet for a toss! I hope I don’t eat too many of these!
cybeleJanuary 31, 2010
I like that you don’t have any added sugar in yours. I find brioche plenty sweet and I’m sure the nutella itself adds its own amount of sugar. I might add some finely chopped hazelnuts to mine.
HanjaFebruary 1, 2010
I baked your recipe for my caught up birthday last weekend.
My family is very picky, that’s sad but they make demands on what I do. But if they told me that they love these nutelle bread pudding i was happy! thanks you rescued my sunday afternoon.
The Food HunterFebruary 1, 2010
I’m a sucker for anything with nutella
CarolFebruary 1, 2010
Looks like this would be a fun recipe to experiment with by using different kinds of breads. Am I nuts or would cinnamon bagels work with this? Thanks for sharing.
JenFebruary 4, 2010
Made this today and felt that it needed more of a nutella kick so I drizzled some warm nutella on it and it was delicious!
lovepeaceohanaFebruary 11, 2010
omg. omgomgomg. This is FANTASTIC. I just made it this morning and was the LordGodKing of the office for having such a fantastic-smelling breakfast. Thank you so much for sharing!
BreannaMarch 2, 2010
Made these last week….SO good. I ate them for breakfast and dessert. And I’m craving them again. Would it work with regular bread?
RaquelMarch 29, 2010
I love these! Made a batch to impress some visitors this weekend and they loved them! In fact, I’m making more tonight to use up the rest of my challah loaf. 🙂 These actually do not taste overwhelmingly Nutella-y, which I was okay with, but folks might want to add more Nutella if they really want a strong hazelnut flavor. Thank you for this recipe! Love this and love your site.
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amriannetteNovember 17, 2011
My grandchild drizzled raspberry jam over the finished pudding. It was very good. I may try to incorporate the jam into the mixture next time..or just keep it simple & drizzle the jam over the baked pudding.