Small Batch Chocolate Bread Pudding

One of the things I love about baking is creating something delicious to share among a group of friends. Good friends love to congregate over good food – it is as simple as that. A great dessert can make a night out with friends, or a date night with your significant other, all the more special.

Although I am accustomed to baking for large quantities of people, chocolate bread pudding is one of those treats that I consider just for me and Mr. Sweet on Smith. One of our favorite restaurants previously carried a variation of it, and we were crestfallen to find out when it was discontinued due to a lack of interest. As someone who is a firm believer in enjoying warm, sweet, carb-laden desserts, I was shocked. Who doesn’t like chocolate bread pudding?

This is such an easy dessert for two, but you can’t help but bask in its glory. Sweet on Smith photo.

When March 2020 and preventative Covid-19 safety measures hit, I realized instantly that I could say goodbye to delicious dinners and desserts out for a while, and that I would need to scale back my normal baking quantities to fit the needs of two people. Enter one of my favorite blogs: Dessert for Two. Despite her blog name, she has a wide variety of small-batch recipes, from baby food to dinners to desserts.

When I’m stressed, I lean toward those warm, sweet, carb-laden desserts I previously mentioned. Think of it like an edible security blanket, and you’ll get the appeal. One of the first desserts my stressed-out self made in March (and April, and May, and this summer..) was her chocolate bread pudding. Take one look at it, and you’ll understand why.

It is such an easy, delicious dessert and one that needs to be eaten right away, and is perfect for these date nights at home, or doubled up to feed to the kids for a family game night. While Christina uses Dark Hershey Kisses for hers, she also has a Chocolate Caramel Bread Pudding that uses Rolos, and a Soft Pretzel Bread Pudding with chocolate. Are you starting to understand why I’ve been a longtime fan of her work?

For my twist on her recipe, I used these St. Pierre Brioche Rolls, and chunks of a delightful Escazu chocolate bar. I was gifted three of their Sea Salt Bars with 65% Cacao, after mentioning to a group a few weeks earlier how much I adored their chocolate work, and was hoping to return to Raleigh soon to stock up.

If you’ve never enjoyed Escazu chocolate, I recommend you visit their website immediately and treat yourself to some goodies in the mail.

The final result? Delicious! I have made this particular recipe more than any other in 2020, and I plan to enjoy it again this weekend. I have been hoarding my Escazu stash and have just enough to make this recipe one more time this weekend before I need to order more bars. If you can’t get your hands on some of this divine chocolate, you can use some Hershey kisses or bars you have, or another high-quality chocolate bar you can find in the baking section of your local grocery store.

What flavors do you enjoy in your bread pudding?

  1. Anna!!! So happy to come across this blog! Looking forward to trying out one of your amazing treats. I hope…

Published by SweetOnSmith

Hi, I'm Anna! A few things to know about me: I'm a big fan of reading, writing, baking and eating desserts. Sweet On Smith started out in 2017 as a way to bake for others, while raising money to help various hurricane relief efforts, and area nonprofits. While that aspect is currently on pause, I wanted a space to share my good reads and sweet treat recommendations with you.

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