Challah Pudding with Chocolate, Raisins, and Vanilla Cream

This bread pudding is heavenly and sinful at the same time. I use dense rich challah that sets into a creamy soft custard. But it’s the chocolate and raisins layered in between the slices of bread that really make the dish. Of course, some more fresh vanilla cream on top doesn’t hurt either.–Dave Lieberman

Challah Pudding with Chocolate, Raisins, and Vanilla Cream

Challah Pudding with Chocolate, Raisins, and Vanilla Cream
Dave Lieberman

Prep 40 mins
Cook 1 hr 5 mins
Total 1 hr 45 mins
10 to 12 servings
581 kcal
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For the bread pudding

  • 1 quart whole milk warmed
  • 8 ounces unsalted butter melted
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 challah cut into 1 1/2-inch slices
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup raisins

For the vanilla cream


Make the bread pudding

  • Preheat the oven to 325°F (160°C).
  • Combine the milk, butter, sugar, eggs, and vanilla in a large mixing bowl. Whisk until incorporated and smooth, but don’t over-whisk.
  • Line a 9-by 13-inch (23-by 33-cm) baking dish with two-thirds of the challah slices, lining the edges too. Sprinkle with half the chocolate chips and half the raisins. Cover with the remaining challah slices, layering them one on top of the other. Top with the remaining chocolate chips and raisins, making sure the chips and raisins get inside the layers created by the challah slices. Pour the milk mixture over the top of everything.
  • Wrap the baking dish tightly with aluminum foil. Bake 50 minutes, then remove the foil and cook 15 minutes longer, until set in the middle and lightly browned on top.

Make the cream

  • Combine the half-and-half, vanilla, and sugar in a large saucepan. Heat over medium heat, whisking regularly, until steaming hot.
  • Place the egg yolks in a large mixing bowl and gradually add the hot half-and-half mixture to the egg yolks, whisking vigorously all the while. When all the half-and-half mixture has been whisked into the egg yolks, return the mixture to the saucepan and heat over medium heat, whisking constantly. Cook until the mixture thickens.
  • Spoon over the pudding and serve.
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Show Nutrition

Serving: 1portionCalories: 581kcal (29%)Carbohydrates: 57g (19%)Protein: 10g (20%)Fat: 36g (55%)Saturated Fat: 21g (131%)Polyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 295mg (98%)Sodium: 113mg (5%)Potassium: 304mg (9%)Fiber: 1g (4%)Sugar: 48g (53%)Vitamin A: 1190IU (24%)Vitamin C: 1mg (1%)Calcium: 195mg (20%)Iron: 1mg (6%)

Originally published February 15, 2006


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    1. Janet, the original recipe didn’t specify, but I think a 9-by-13-inch would work best. Do let us know how it turns out.

  1. Love this site madly, and thanks for all you do! In the spirit of appreciation, a quick note–have you heard that this recipe seems to be credited to the ineffable David Leibovitz? See red text. Happy Thanksgiving.

    1. You’re welcome, W. And we adore all of our readers in the same way. Thanks for catching that error – we always appreciate our eagle-eyed readers! It’s fixed now and appropriately credited. Happy Thanksgiving to you as well!

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