Croissant Bread Pudding

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Croissant bread pudding is the perfect breakfast food! Drizzled with a creamy, vanilla sauce, this soft bread pudding is so amazing that you won’t want to stop at just one piece! 

Rich and silky smooth, this soft croissant bread pudding has quickly become a favorite of mine! It is absolutely delicious. If you want to create the perfect brunch then make this Monkey Bread, Coconut Banana Bread, and these amazing Egg Muffins to go with it!

A slice of croissant bread pudding.

Croissant Bread Pudding

If you love bread pudding as much as I do then making them with croissants will blow you away! It brings in the best taste and texture and you won’t want to make this any other way again! The croissants really add to the bread pudding by soaking in all of the delicious flavors. And when you add in that vanilla sauce on top, well, it just takes this to a whole new level! Plus, you can change it up by topping it with some Homemade Blueberry Syrup, or Homemade Imitation Maple Syrup instead!

Croissant bread pudding is a delicious take on traditional bread pudding. Using croissants instead of bread really makes this recipe a lot lighter in texture. This means that you can eat more, which I always consider a good thing! I also love that I can use my stale croissants to make this recipe. They don’t need to be fresh and then the ones that I already have don’t have to go to waste! It’s the perfect solution. It makes an excellent hot and sweet breakfast or brunch option! Go ahead and try it, I know that you will love it!

Ingredients in Croissant Bread Pudding

Made from ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen, this croissant bread pudding is so easy! See the recipe card below for a list of exact measurements.

  • Whole milk: You can use 1% or 2% but the whole milk will really give it an excellent taste and texture.
  • Heavy cream: This ingredient makes it thick and easy to soak up into the croissants.
  • Eggs: Make sure that you use eggs that are at room temperature so that they mix in better!
  • Granulated sugar: The sugar brings in a delicous and sweet taste.
  • Vanilla extract: This will add a flavor to the sweetness of the sugar!
  • Salt: Salt enhances the flavors of all of the other ingredients!
  • Cinnamon: Cinnamon is a must in this dish! It adds so much to the flavor.
  • Croissants: Make sure that when you are cutting up the croissants that they are cut into 1 inch cubes.

Vanilla Sauce

  • Butter: I used unsalted butter in this recipe.
  • Granulated sugar: Using granulated sugar will really create a yummy taste and thicker texture in this sauce.
  • Heavy cream: It makes the sauce thick and creamy!
  • Vanilla Bean Paste: Using a vanilla bean paste will really bring an amazing and distinct flavor. But, if you don’t have the paste you can use vanilla extract instead!

Let’s Start Baking!

This croissant bread pudding is so delicious and simple! It takes about an hour and a half from start to finish and most of that time is spent soaking and baking.

  1. Preheat and spray: Preheat the oven to 350° and spray a 9×13 baking dish with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. Whisk, add croissants and soak: In a large bowl whisk together the milk, heavy cream, eggs, sugar, vanilla extract, salt and cinnamon. Add the croissant cubes and mix together until the croissants are fully coated in the cream mixture. Let it sit for 25-30 minutes, stirring about 15 minutes in.
  3. Bake: Once the croissants have soaked pour the mixture into the prepared pan. Bake for 45-50 minutes, until the custard is set and the croissants are starting to brown. While the bread pudding is baking prepare the vanilla sauce.
  4. Make vanilla sauce: In a medium saucepan combine the butter, sugar and cream. Whisk constantly over medium heat until the sauce thickens and coast the back of a spoon. Remove from the heat and add the vanilla.
  5. Let bread putting sit and then add sauce: Allow the bread pudding to sit for least 20 minutes before serving. Serve with warm vanilla sauce.
4 images showing how to make croissant bread pudding.

Tips For Croissant Bread Pudding

Croissant bread pudding is so easy and amazingly delicious! Use these tips to make the BEST bread pudding you’ve ever had!

  • Stale croissants: Croissants are a huge hit for breakfast in my house, but they tend to lose their appeal after a few days. Once they begin to get stale (usually by day 3) they are perfect for this recipe! Acting as buttery sponges for the custard base of this bread pudding, they soak everything in making the taste and the flavor absolutely delightful!
  • Milk and cream: Using both milk and heavy cream for the custard base will give your bread pudding a silky, rich texture. You can use 4 cups of milk and no cream if you would prefer it a little bit lighter.
  • Let the bread soak: Giving your croissants time to soak in the custard mixture before baking will give it time to really absorb the liquid. If you don’t allow it to soak long enough you may end up with dry pieces throughout your pudding.
Vanilla sauce being drizzled on croissant bread pudding.

How to Store Leftovers

You can totally make this ahead or store your leftovers so that you can enjoy them later! Follow these tips and you can have croissant bread pudding for days!

  • Refrigerator: Once your bread pudding has cooled, store it in an airtight container or cover it with foil. Then, you can store it in your frige for up to 3 days.
  • Reheating: You can reheat an individual piece by putting it in the microwave for 45 seconds or until it’s warm! Or, you can reheat the entire pan. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and cook it (uncovered) for 10-15 minutes until it is heated through.
A pan of croissant bread pudding with a piece taken out of the pan.

Croissant Bread Pudding

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Croissant bread pudding is the perfect breakfast food! Drizzled with a creamy, vanilla sauce, this soft bread pudding is so amazing that you won't want to stop at just one piece! 
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Author Alyssa Rivers
Servings: 12 People

Ingredients
  

  • 2 Cups Whole Milk
  • 2 Cups Heavy Cream
  • 8 large Eggs
  • 2 Cups Granulated Sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • 2 Teaspoons Cinnamon
  • 12 Day old Croissants cut into 1 inch cubes

Vanilla Sauce

  • ½ Cup Unsalted Butter
  • 1 Cup Granulated Sugar
  • ½ Cup Heavy Cream
  • 2 Teaspoons Vanilla Bean Paste Or Vanilla Extract

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350° and spray a 9×13 baking dish with cooking spray and set aside.
  • In a large bowl whisk together the milk, heavy cream, eggs, sugar, vanilla extract, salt, and cinnamon. Add the croissant cubes and mix together until the croissants are fully coated in the cream mixture. Let it sit for 25-30 minutes, stirring about 15 minutes in.
  • Once the croissants have soaked pour the mixture into the prepared pan. Bake for 45-50 minutes, until the custard, is set and the croissants are starting to brown. While the bread pudding is baking prepare the vanilla sauce.
  • In a medium saucepan combine the butter, sugar, and cream. Whisk constantly over medium heat until the sauce thickens and coats the back of a spoon. Remove from the heat and add the vanilla.
  • Allow the bread pudding to sit for at least 20 minutes before serving. Serve with warm vanilla sauce.


Nutrition

Serves: 12

Calories515kcal (26%)Carbohydrates55g (18%)Protein7g (14%)Fat31g (48%)Saturated Fat18g (90%)Polyunsaturated Fat2gMonounsaturated Fat9gTrans Fat1gCholesterol216mg (72%)Sodium182mg (8%)Potassium145mg (4%)Fiber1g (4%)Sugar53g (59%)Vitamin A1212IU (24%)Vitamin C1mg (1%)Calcium103mg (10%)Iron1mg (6%)

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.

Course Breakfast, brunch, Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword bread pudding, croissant bread pudding
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Alyssa Rivers

I am Alyssa and the blogger behind The Recipe Critic. I started my blog in June of 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family.

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