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This is a recipe I found a few years ago over at Food.com.  I first had Croissant Breadpudding at a little lunch eatery at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel.  I was in heaven!  About a month later their pastry chef left, and aparently took her recipe with her because they have not served it since!  Believe me, I was not a happy camper.  So, I took to the internet and found this…
  
Croissant Bread Pudding
Ingredient List:
  • 8 plain croissants, broken into pieces
  • 1 3/4 cups raisins 
  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup cream
  • 2 tablespoons brandy
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted 
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 2 ounces butter
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon-sugar mixture

Brandy Cream Sauce:

  • 2 ounces butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch, mixed to paste with a little water
  • 2-3 tablespoons brandy
Preheat oven to 350F 
Grease a 9 X 11″ casserole dish.
Place half the croissants in the dish; sprinkle with raisins if you like, and then top with remaining croissants. 
* Personally I do not like raisins in my food, so I omitted them.  You can also use other fruits or nuts – chopped pecans might be nice.
Beat the eggs till light, gradually adding the sugar until thick.
Whisk in milk, cream, brandy, melted butter, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla and salt.
Pour mixture over the croissants, cover, and leave to absorb in the refrigerator for an hour or so (up to a day in advance).
Before baking, bring to room temperature. Dot with butter and sprinkle with cinnamon/sugar. 
*Because croissants are buttery to begin with, you can omit the butter in this step and just sprinkle with the cinnamon/sugar mixture.
Bake 40 minutes.
Serve immediately with cream sauce if you like.
Brandy Cream Sauce:
In a small saucepan, combine butter, brown sugar and water and stir until boiling and sugar has dissolved.
Add cream, vanilla, and cornstarch paste and stir until thickened.
Lastly, add brandy.
Sauce can be made in advance and reheated just before serving.

Are you a bread pudding fan?  What’s your favorite dessert?


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10 Comments on Croissant Bread Pudding

  1. Kimberly H. Smith
    September 6, 2013 at 6:39 pm (4 years ago)

    Ooooh girl, I could get in trouble with this recipe! I am a fan of any bread pudding that doesn’t taste like TRADITIONAL bread pudding. This sounds great using croissants. My husband has a friend that makes a White Chocolate Bread Pudding. He wins cooking contests with it! Have you ever had the Double Chocolate Bread Pudding at Red Fish Grill in the Quarter? Delish! Thanks for sharing, Kennie.

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    • Beignet Mamas
      September 7, 2013 at 12:17 am (4 years ago)

      I don’t like traditional bread pudding recipes either – especially if it has raisins. Now that White Chocolate bread pudding sounds good! I can imagine it would have a very light flavor. My aunt makes a white chocolate cake that’s very tasty – unlike anything I would ever imagine. I’ve never had the Double Chocolate bread pudding, I’ll have to check it out the next time I’m home.

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  2. Yum Yucky
    September 6, 2013 at 6:48 pm (4 years ago)

    Awww yeah! This is my kinda meal. And ya, I say “meal”, because I would gladly have it for dinner.

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    • Beignet Mamas
      September 7, 2013 at 12:10 am (4 years ago)

      LOL! My husband thinks the same way! I had one small piece, came back the next day only to discover that he had eaten well over half. smh…

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  3. Mikaela D'Eigh
    September 6, 2013 at 7:51 pm (4 years ago)

    OMG – so yumalicious looking! I try to be gluten-free, but there are some things that are worth a few aches and pains and this is one of them! Thanks for sharing and thanks for your comments on my blog! I did the flashlight under the covers thing too! I still sometimes read long into the night when I should be sleeping. ;D

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    • Beignet Mamas
      September 7, 2013 at 12:07 am (4 years ago)

      Hey my husband was just asking me yesterday about gluten-free foods. While I don’t know much about it, I told him I would look into it.
      This bread pudding dish has been a big hit, especially for the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays!

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  4. Mocadeaux
    September 7, 2013 at 2:17 am (4 years ago)

    That looks so good! Could you maybe even serve it with breakfast, say with an egg casserole on Christmas morning? I’m just sayin’, seems like anytime would be a good time for croissant bread pudding!

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    • Beignet Mamas
      September 7, 2013 at 2:34 am (4 years ago)

      Hmmm… now that sounds like an idea! Served warm with an ice cold glass of milk – sounds like a perfect breakfast to me!

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  5. Alison
    September 11, 2013 at 4:52 pm (4 years ago)

    That stuff is just wrong (in a good way!) Mmm good!

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    • Beignet Mamas
      September 12, 2013 at 12:12 am (4 years ago)

      LOL!!! I know! But it’s sooo good. 🙂

      Reply

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