Chocolate Bread Pudding with Raspberry Sauce (Warm + Decadent!)

Chocolate Bread Pudding is a warm and decadent dessert of bread cubes soaked in a rich chocolate custard and then layered with more chocolate before being baked and served with a drizzle of raspberry sauce!

Chocolate Bread Pudding with text overlay.


A week into February, I think it's high time for a Valentine's Day-friendly recipe, wouldn't you agree? And friends, today I have a good one for you. As if plain ol' bread pudding wasn't delicious enough, this one is infused with chocolate and accented by a glossy raspberry sauce. But the best part? Not only is this Chocolate Bread Pudding scrumptious and impressive, it's also deceptively simple to whip up!

For me, Valentine's Day desserts are synonymous with chocolate. And while chocolate pairs beautifully with so many flavors, raspberry is one of my favorites.

Missing spoonful of Chocolate Bread Pudding.

Like most bread puddings, this Chocolate Bread Pudding starts out with stale cubes of French bread. But then something special happens when melted chocolate is whisked into the bread-soaking custard.

To elevate things yet another notch, a handful of chocolate chips is sprinkled between layers of soaked bread so that the resulting bread pudding flaunts a streak of melted chocolate when you scoop into it.

Close-up of serving on plate.


This is a recipe where simple ingredients yield decadent results!

  • Chocolate chips. Semi-sweet.
  • Instant coffee granules OR espresso powder. Just a smidge! And you can leave it out if you prefer. But if you do decide to add it, rest assured that your Chocolate Bread Pudding won't have a coffee undertone. Rather, this trick just gives a bit of extra depth to the chocolate flavor of chocolate-based recipes like brownies and such.
  • Eggs. At room temperature
  • Brown sugar. Firmly packed.
  • Pure vanilla extract.
  • Whole milk + heavy cream. At room temperature.
  • French bread. Cubed. A great way to use up past-its-prime bread, because the more stale the bread, the better it'll soak up the custard!
  • Seedless raspberry jam. The fancy raspberry sauce garnish surely requires a multi-step process of cooking and straining fresh berries, right? Nah. Just use seedless raspberry jam that's been warmed up and stirred until it's thin enough to drizzle! (Did I not tell y'all this recipe was easy?!)
  • Whipped cream and/or fresh berries. Optional but recommended, for serving.
Bowl of raspberry sauce.

How to Make Chocolate Bread Pudding

(The below photos are intended to be helpful, but please refer to the recipe card at the bottom of this post for FULL DIRECTIONS.)

  1. Melt chocolate chips and add instant coffee granules/espresso powder, stirring until smooth.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk the eggs and then beat in the brown sugar and vanilla. Blend in the cooled, melted chocolate.
  3. Gradually stir in the milk and the heavy cream.
  4. Fold your bread cubes into the milk mixture and set aside for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally to ensure that the bread is getting evenly soaked.
  5. While the bread is soaking, preheat the oven and grease your baking dish with butter.
  6. Scoop half of the soaked bread mixture into the prepared baking dish and evenly sprinkle with chocolate chips. Repeat the layers one more time.
Chocolate Bread Pudding recipe, ready for oven.
  1. Bake for about an hour or until center is set. 
Chocolate Bread Pudding fresh out of oven.

This bread pudding is amazing served warm straight out of the oven, with the bread cubes chewy in some places and gooey in others, and melted chocolate ribboned throughout.

But what puts it over the top is a sprinkle of fresh berries, a drizzle of raspberry sauce, and a generous dollop of fresh whipped cream!

Raspberry sauce drizzled over serving on plate.

And yes, I forgot the whipped cream in these photos.

It will make me feel better if you would kindly visualize this chocolatey dessert garnished with a mound of soft, freshly whipped cream.

Thank you for humoring your resident crazy, Type-A food blogger. 😉

Missing scoop from baking dish.


  • Drizzle your Chocolate Bread Pudding with chocolate syrup instead of raspberry sauce.
  • Or drizzle it with caramel sauce instead! (The whipped cream will still complement your dessert, but you might opt to leave off the berries if using caramel sauce in place of raspberry or chocolate sauce.)
  • You can easily turn this recipe into an adults-only Kahlua Chocolate Bread Pudding by swapping out some Kahlua for ½ cup of the milk.
  • And you can even take it a step further by beating a teaspoon or two of that tasty coffee liqueur into some heavy cream (which I know you won't forget!) to make Kahlua Whipped Cream!

YUM to all of the above.

Chocolate Bread Pudding with raspberry sauce drizzled on top.

The Importance of Room Temp Ingredients

One last warning before I curtail the babbling and share the Chocolate Bread Pudding recipe...make sure that your ingredients are at room temperature!

If that means soaking your eggs in a bowl of warm water and zapping your milk and cream for a few seconds in the microwave to take off the chill, so be it.

Because what do you suppose happens when you stir melted chocolate into a bowl of cold milk/cream/egg custard?

Well, I'll tell you what happens. The liquid chocolate instantly re-solidifies into hard little shards of solid chocolate. Not that that's happened to me or anything. Just learn from my mistakes take it from yourself the headache of having to equalize temperatures after the fact and make sure that none of your ingredients are cold from the get-go.

Close-up of Chocolate Bread Pudding.

Now who's ready for the best bread pudding you've ever had?

Promise me you'll make Chocolate Bread Pudding for your sweetie this Valentine's Day...because nothing says 'I love you' like chocolate!

Chocolate Bread Pudding with strawberries on top.

More Yummy Desserts

Chocolate Bread Pudding in baking dish with berries.

Chocolate Bread Pudding with Raspberry Sauce (Warm + Decadent!)

Chocolate Bread Pudding is a warm and decadent dessert of bread cubes soaked in a rich chocolate custard and then layered with more chocolate before being baked and served with a drizzle of raspberry sauce!
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 10 servings
Calories: 835kcal
Print Pin Rate


  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips, DIVIDED
  • ½ teaspoon instant coffee granules OR espresso powder
  • 4 eggs, at room temperature
  • ¾ cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ cups whole milk, at room temperature
  • 1 cup heavy cream, at room temperature
  • 6 cups cubed stale French bread
  • ½ cup seedless raspberry jam, warmed and stirred until thin and pourable
  • Fresh whipped cream


  • Melt 1 cup chocolate chips by putting in microwave for 30 seconds at a time, stirring between each interval until smooth (it should take about 1 ½ minutes total for chocolate to melt). Stir instant coffee granules into warm melted chocolate and set aside to cool.
  • In a large bowl, whisk eggs. Beat in brown sugar and vanilla. Blend in cooled, melted chocolate until mixture is very smooth. Gradually stir in milk and cream and mix well. Fold bread cubes into milk mixture and set aside to soak for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally to ensure that bread is evenly soaked.
  • While bread is soaking, preheat oven to 350°F. Grease an 8-cup capacity baking dish (such as an 8- by 8-inch square dish or a deep 9-inch round dish) with butter.
  • Scoop half of the soaked bread mixture into prepared baking dish. Evenly sprinkle with ¾ cup chocolate chips. Pour remaining soaked bread on top of chocolate chips and spread into an even layer. Sprinkle remaining ¼ cup chocolate chips on top.
  • Bake for about an hour or until center is set. Start checking for doneness at about the 45 minute mark and then every 5 minutes thereafter.
  • Drizzle raspberry jam over the top of the bread pudding and onto serving plates, if desired. Serve warm with whipped cream.


  • To lighten up this recipe, all milk may be used in place of the heavy cream. Also, 2% milk may be substituted for whole milk.
  • VERY IMPORTANT -- all ingredients should be at room temperature so that the melted chocolate does not re-solidify when it hits cold milk/cream/eggs.
  • You may decrease or omit the coffee/espresso granules if you are afraid of tasting them, but they mainly serve to enhance the flavor of the chocolate.
  • You may opt to drizzle your Chocolate Bread Pudding with chocolate sauce or raspberry sauce instead of caramel sauce.
  • TO MAKE WHIPPED CREAM: (1.) Using the wire whisk attachment(s) of an electric mixer, beat ½ cup chilled heavy cream at medium speed until soft peaks begin to appear. (2.) Sprinkle 2 tablespoons powdered sugar and ½ teaspoon vanilla extract over the whipped cream. (3.) Beat at medium-high speed until stiff peaks just form. (Be careful not to overbeat or you'll end up with butter instead of whipped cream!) TIP: Whipped cream beats up the fluffiest when your heavy cream, your whisk, and your bowl are all chilled.
  • Variation ~ KAHLUA CHOCOLATE BREAD PUDDING: In the Chocolate Bread Pudding recipe, replace ½ cup of the milk with ½ cup Kahlua coffee liqueur. And for a Kahlua Whipped Cream garnish, add 1 teaspoon of Kahlua (or more, to taste) at the same time as the vanilla in the above whipped cream directions.


Calories: 835kcal | Carbohydrates: 123g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 0.04g | Cholesterol: 99mg | Sodium: 914mg | Potassium: 510mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 47g | Vitamin A: 522IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 184mg | Iron: 8mg
Made this recipe? I'd love to see on IG!Mention @FiveHeartHome or tag #FiveHeartHome!

You May Also Like

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating


  1. 5 stars
    This chocolate bread pudding was easy to make and my family loved it. The combination of chocolate and raspberry sauce is so delicious but even better when enjoyed warm!

  2. 5 stars
    Oh gosh, I am envying your heart shaped pan!! I made this chocolate bread pudding for V-Day in a regular dish and it still turned out great. 😉

  3. 5 stars
    I am a total chocolate freak who had never made bread pudding before, and this turned out so incredibly decadent and chocolaty! Yum!

  4. 5 stars
    I was searching for an easy bread pudding recipe and came across yours-wow! I had to decrease the size (just me and my hubby), used bittersweet chocolate (the darker, the better for us), and raspberries, then topped it with sugar-free vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of Kahlua. It was fantastic! I used individual heart-shaped baking dishes so it looked great, too. My husband says, "It's a keeper!" Thanks and I'm looking forward to trying more food from your website!

    1. I'm so happy to hear that this bread pudding was a hit, Kathy! It sounds delicious with your modifications. 🙂 I'm looking forward to you stopping back by to visit soon and I hope you find more recipes to try out then. Have a great week!

  5. 5 stars
    That chocolate bread pudding looks so amazing I just had to make it! It's actually in the oven right now as I am typing to you... ha ha, yum! Thanks for sharing your recipe. Btw, do you mind sharing where you got your heart shaped dish. I love it! Danielle

    1. Hi Danielle! I hope the bread pudding was a hit! My heart shaped dish is from Williams Sonoma, but I've had it for years (like 10+), so I don't know that WS carries it anymore. But I imagine someone does...I'll keep my eyes peeled and e-mail you a link if I see one similar. 🙂 Hope you have a great weekend!

  6. I am a novice cook and just starting to try new things. This looks great!
    Can it be made in advance, like a few hours before serving, and still be good?
    And I have a heart shaped pan, but it is aluminum. Would that change cooking time or temp?

    1. Hi Heather! Yes, if you need to make it a few hours ahead of time, I would just leave it on the counter until you're ready to serve. It's great at room temperature, or you could reheat if you prefer it warm. I usually just reheat individual servings by covering with a damp paper towel in the microwave, since reheating in the oven is probably best done with a water bath to keep the bread pudding moist and I never want to go to that much trouble. 🙂 If you're going to bake it more than a few hours ahead of time, it probably does need to be stored in the refrigerator until you're ready to serve.

      The cooking temperature should remain the same regardless of the type pan you use, and the aluminum should work just fine. The cooking time could be slightly altered if your pan is much larger or smaller than an 8-cup capacity (which is about an 8x8" pan). If your pan is smaller and your bread pudding ends up taller/thicker as a result, you may have to cook just a little bit longer (and vice-versa if your pan is larger). You want the bread pudding to be set in the center (not too jiggly), but you don't want to cook it too long or it will dry out.

      This recipe really is easy, so don't be intimidated! Let me know if this makes sense or if you have any other questions. 🙂

    1. Thank you, Julia! Raspberry pairs so well with chocolate, doesn't it? I hope you get to try this recipe, and I hope you enjoy it if you do! 🙂

  7. This bread pudding looks so good. How do you get such awesome pictures, you must be professional! I hope to someday get pictures and delicious looking food like yours someday!

  8. Samantha, this bread pudding looks decadently delicious! I cannot stop laughing over the part about the "berry clashing," mostly because I can so relate!! 🙂 We all have those things that just have to be right, and that's what makes each of us special! Berry clash or not, (and I can totally see the whipped cream!) this looks amazing! Pinning! Thanks for sharing and the apple dish looks wonderful also!

    1. Thank you for your commiseration, Cindy, and for assuring me that you were indeed able to visualize the whipped cream! 😉 I know that I am bizarre, but at least I embrace my quirks...ha! I appreciate the pin, and I hope you're having a fabulous day!