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Pandoro Bread Pudding

Pandoro Bread Pudding

Pandoro Bread Pudding

I posted this a while back but thought that it’s worth posting again as this is a dessert I make every year at Christmas. I buy the Pandoro at Eataly, it’s the best in my opinion. I am sort of obsessed with custards lately, and thats what you use to make bread pudding.

Pandoro is a sweet Italian Yeast Bread it’s traditionally served around the holidays and every year I buy one that I make bread pudding from. It’s similar in texture to a brioche but a little sweeter, so if you cannot find Pandoro using brioche will also work. Β This bread pudding is not heavy, its very light and you can almost characterize it as fluffy. I added a little orange and chocolate because they go so well together and the end result is a creamy bread pudding with melted chocolate and just a hint of orange. This is best served warm so the chocolate is soft. Garnish with some whipped cream if you like, but I found this needs nothing its delicious on its own.

What is your traditional holiday dessert? Is there something you serve every year without fail?

Makes 8 individual small ramekins or one 9×13 rectangular baking dish

Approximately 1/2 of a Pandoro cut into large cubes (about 16 oz)

6 eggs

1/4 cup sugar (If you use brioche increase the sugar to 1/3 cup)

2 cups half and half

1 cup heavy cream

1 tsp vanilla extract

soft butter for the ramekins

8 tsp orange marmalade

4 oz dark chocolate chopped

Boiling water for the bain marie

Cut bread or Pandoro into cubes, break eggs into large mixing bowl, add the sugar and whisk until combined. Add the half and half, heavy cream and vanilla and whisk well, you don’t want the sugar to pool at the bottom of the bowl. Add the bread cubes and let sit while you prepare the ramekins.

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees, put your kettle on to boil the water. Butter each ramekin then place a tsp of orange marmalade in each and spread on bottom and half way up the sides. Chop the chocolate and add to the soaking bread and stir. Spoon it into each ramekin. Place ramekins in large roasting pan and pour the boiling water carefully so that it comes a little less than half way up the ramekins. Carefully place in oven and bake for 35-40 minutes until the custard is set. Remove from oven let cool about 15 minutes and enjoy. Alternatively, you can use a medium size rectangular baking pan if you do not want to use ramekins.

Delicious!

Delicious!

58 Comments Post a comment
  1. Oh my. With chocolate no less. served warm. Amazing.

    December 18, 2013
  2. This looks amazing Suzanne!

    December 18, 2013
  3. Oh my gosh…I have never made anything like this before. I can see why you posted it twice! Looks incredibly delicious!

    December 18, 2013
    • It’s so easy to make and incredibly delicious. Bread pudding is such a wonderful comforting sort of dessert. Thank you so much.

      December 18, 2013
  4. What a coincidence – I was just thinking about bread pudding today! Although the one I used to make wasn’t nearly as delicious-looking as your one. Plus your one has warm, melted chocolate. Drool. πŸ™‚ It looks really divine…

    December 18, 2013
    • I think about bread pudding every year at this time. It’s delicious. The chocolate in it is really drool worthy. Thank you so much.

      December 18, 2013
  5. What an absolutely beautiful dessert… or breakfast for that matter! Better yet…both!! printing this recipe as I’m typing… ❀

    December 18, 2013
    • Thank you, it’s a delicious dessert, I really think bread pudding is one of the ultimate comfort dishes.

      December 18, 2013
  6. Suzanne, this is an amazing recipe! We love Pandoro. We like it better than Panettone. But it has never occurred to me to use it in a recipe. Usually I dress it up with a vanilla cream. That’s all. I love your recipe. Than you so much. πŸ™‚

    December 18, 2013
    • Thank you, me too, I really much prefer Pandoro to Panettone. I like that is’s unadorned, none of the dried or glace fruit. I really enjoy it plain with a coffee. This recipe is really delicious, the pandoro makes a wonderful bread pudding.

      December 18, 2013
  7. Love your pudding recipe…it looks fabulous. Next time I make bread pudding I am going to use yours. πŸ™‚

    December 18, 2013
    • Thank you, if you do make it I hope that you like. Happy Holidays!

      December 18, 2013
  8. I’ve never made bread pudding but now I want to rush to the kitchen to try it!

    December 18, 2013
    • Bread pudding is wonderful, my Mom used to make it all the time and it was always a favorite when i was a child. This is amped up a bit with the chocolate and orange but IMHO it makes it even better. Thank so much, have a wonderful holiday.

      December 18, 2013
  9. I love bread and butter puddings, and I especially like the idea of adding orange and chocolate. Yum!

    December 18, 2013
  10. Yum! I want some! I love bread pudding and this looks delicious πŸ™‚

    December 18, 2013
  11. You made me think of my mom Suzanne. She absolutely loved bread pudding and made it during the holidays as well. This sounds lovely with Pandoro bread, I think I’ll have to make some for my family.

    December 18, 2013
    • Thank you, every time I taste bread pudding I also think of my Mom. She made it all time.

      December 18, 2013
  12. I’ve never liked the British bread and butter pudding, or puddin’ as it’s pronounced. This, on the other hand, is my sort of thing with the orange and chocolate. And I happen to like brioche! Oh, and you’re using marmalade. Nice πŸ™‚

    December 18, 2013
    • I’ve never had bread and butter pudding or puddin, it sounds good. I really like using an eggy bread like pandoro or brioche for bread pudding, makes a difference I think and yes that chocolate and orange is great. Thanks Johnny.

      December 18, 2013
  13. PSsquared #

    That looks amazing! All of your recipes do, but that one jumped out at me. πŸ™‚

    December 18, 2013
  14. Oh my goodness – that’s my idea of heaven. How fabulous. I’m so glad you re-posted as I did not see it the first time around.

    December 18, 2013
    • Thanks so much Lindy, I posted it shortly after I started this blog and at that time I only had a handful of people who saw it. It’s such a wonderful dessert. I am going to Eataly tomorrow to pick up some more Pandoro so I can make it on Christmas.

      December 18, 2013
  15. Liz #

    good gosh–looks sooooooo good!

    December 19, 2013
  16. One of my resolutions for 2014 is to learn how to make Brioche and now I am including Pandoro. And, when I am confident with my breads, I am going to make this fabulous Pandoro Bread Pudding! πŸ˜€

    December 19, 2013
    • I have never made brioche either and it’s been on my short list. We should make it together, for some weird reason brioche makes me nervous. Thanks so much Fae.

      December 19, 2013
  17. Oh Suzanne, love this! I love Pandoro and Panettone. The only problem is they don’t last long enough in my house to do anything with! I shall have to hide it so that I can try this gorgeous treat!

    December 19, 2013
    • I know exactly what you mean, I can never buy just one. I always tuck one in the fridge or freezer reserved for bread pudding. Thank you so much.

      December 19, 2013
  18. Omg! It looks so delicious Suzanne!!

    December 19, 2013
  19. Orange and chocolate is such a great combination – I bet it tastes fabulous warmed through in this pudding!

    December 19, 2013
    • I love the combination of orange and chocolate. You are right, it really does taste good in this creamy pudding Thanks so much.

      December 19, 2013
  20. What a luscious LUSCIOUS dessert!!! I have to promptly forget I saw its recipe or else I’d be in trouble πŸ˜‰

    December 19, 2013
    • I know, I make it, take a bite or two and promptly give the rest away. I need it out of my house and far away from my spoon. Thank you so much.

      December 19, 2013
  21. Oh, thanks your idea, I will make my Panettone this Christmas, so the left over will make this pudding if it still has some left. πŸ™‚

    December 19, 2013
    • Oh I hope you post your recipe for panettone, I have never made it before. It looks difficult. Thank you so much.

      December 19, 2013
      • OK, no problem, will be the coming weekend! πŸ™‚
        Have a happy Christmas to you, wish it is not too early to say! πŸ™‚

        December 19, 2013
      • Thank you and the same to you, can’t wait to see your recipe.

        December 19, 2013
  22. Bread pudding with chocolate and orange marmalade! – seriously wow!

    December 19, 2013
  23. This looks wonderful!

    December 19, 2013
  24. So gorgeous and decadent! The little individual servings are great too- otherwise I don’t think anyone would be able to control themselves! Yum!

    December 20, 2013
    • Thanks so much Mary Frances, yes little servings are definitely the way to go, it’s so decadent.

      December 20, 2013
  25. I love the look of this dessert Suzanne! Especially the chunks of chocolate melting through the middle – how fabulous! I’ll be making a chocolate-chip Pavlova for our Christmas Day – always a hit with both adults and children. Hope you have a lovely Christmas Day! Margot πŸ™‚

    December 20, 2013
    • Oh that sounds delicious and so much lighter than this dessert, I hope you post the recipe and photo’s. Would love to see it. Thanks so much Margot!

      December 21, 2013
  26. I love bread pudding Suzanne! Your recipe is to die for! I shall be trying it soon. Thanks for reposting!

    December 22, 2013
  27. Hi Suzanne! I made this recipe and it was seriously enjoyed by all! πŸ™‚

    December 22, 2013
    • Oh thats wonderful thank you, so glad you all enjoyed. Merry Christmas to all!

      December 22, 2013
  28. That molten chocolate looks incredible… yum!!! I try and avoid hot desserts as our weather is so darn hot here at Christmas. Default dessert is normally some sort of homemade ice-cream with summer fruit, my mother-in-law always makes trifle and I try to make mince pies if I have time. Definitely going to bookmark this for baking when the weather cools down though. Looks divine xx

    December 23, 2013
    • Thanks Laura, Its so hard to imagine you are in the throe’s of summer, although the last few days have felt like summer here in NYC. I do very little cooking and baking in the summers heat so totally get it Thanks so much and a very Merry Christmas to you and your family.

      December 23, 2013

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