The recipe below is for croissant bread pudding specifically, but works equally well with french bread. I also added some frozen berries, and a splash of orange juice to brighten it up. Seriously, if you haven't made bread pudding, do so...now.
Recipe courtesy of Barefoot Contessa
- 3 extra-large whole eggs
- 8 extra-large egg yolks
- 5 cups half-and-half
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 6 croissants, preferably stale, sliced horizontally
- 1 cup raisins
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the whole eggs, egg yolks, half-and-half, sugar, and vanilla. Set the custard mixture aside. Slice the croissants in half horizontally. In a 10 by 15 by 2 1/2-inch oval baking dish, distribute the bottoms of the sliced croissants, then add the raisins, then the tops of the croissants (brown side up), being sure the raisins are between the layers of croissants or they will burn while baking. Pour the custard over the croissants and allow to soak for 10 minutes, pressing down gently.
Place the pan in a larger one filled with 1-inch of hot water. Cover the larger pan with aluminum foil, tenting the foil so it doesn't touch the pudding. Cut a few holes in the foil to allow steam to escape. Bake for 45 minutes. Uncover and bake for 40 to 45 more minutes or until the pudding puffs up and the custard is set. Remove from the oven and cool slightly. Serve warm or at room temperature.
Here is a picture of actual croissant bread pudding made from the recipe provided (with blueberries added). See the custard at the bottom of the pan? Aaaahh, yeaahh.