Croissant Bread Pudding (Ina Garten)

This recipe was chosen by Peggy from Pantry Revisited this month for the Barefoot Bloggers. A quick, easy & delicious dessert to prepare. I used a small dish to make this, so with the leftover custard I used 4 small ramekins & just baked the custard in a water bath for 30 mins.


                           Baked Custard

Croissant Bread Pudding

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Prep Time:

10 min

Inactive Prep Time:

10 min

Cook Time:

1 hr 30 min

8 to 10 servings


  • 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.


2 Responses

  1. Great idea on using up leftover custard! I would brulee the top, just because you can. Might even do that with the bread pudding!

  2. Oh that all looks so delicious. Thanks so much for cooking along with me this week! I know it is a busy time for everyone. I’m glad you liked the bread pudding. Happy holidays!

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