You guys know how much I love Nutella, right? Some people have drinking problems, some people do drugs…I eat Nutella from the jar with a spoon. It’s uncontrollable. Nutella is just soooo good — thick, creamy, nutty, and chocolate-y…It’s like crack for choco-holics.
For obvious reasons (i.e., I don’t want to be 500lbs and constantly covered in chocolate), I usually don’t keep any in the house. But, when I stumbled onto Steamy kitchen’s recipe for bread pudding made from croissants slathered with Nutella, I immediately ran out and bought a jar. Best. Decision. EVER.
Nutella by itself is a delight, but Nutella with fruit is completely irresistible. I happened to have about a million pounds of strawberries and bananas in the fridge from a recent BJs trip, so I sliced up a handful of each and added them to my bread pudding for an extra dose of deliciousness. Then, because I couldn’t help myself, I melted some more Nutella and drizzled that on top of everything. Mmmmmmm.
Just look at that. Are you drooling yet? If you’re not, let me break it down for you: buttery croissants…slathered with Nutella…soaked in creamy custard…baked into cake-like consistency…with ripe strawberries and bananas. The pictures almost don’t do it justice, but let me assure you that you want to try this recipe ASAP. It was so good that Dan, who isn’t normally as wild about chocolate desserts as I am, took one bite and let out a single involuntary “mmm!” before quickly inhaling the rest.
Strawberry, Banana & Nutella Bread Pudding (Adapted from Steamy Kitchen’s recipe)
- 4 croissants (preferably 1-2 days old)
- 1 cup Nutella + more for drizzling
- 8 large strawberries, hulled and quartered
- 1 large banana, sliced
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
(1) Preheat oven to 350. Grease a 13×9 baking dish.
(2) Slice each croissant in half lengthwise, then slather one side with Nutella. Put the halves back together to make sandwiches, and cut each sandwich into 2-inch pieces.
(3) Add sandwich pieces and strawberry + banana slices to your baking dish. Set aside.
** I stuffed slices of fruit in the crevices between sandwich pieces and on top of everything.
(4) In a medium bowl whisk together eggs, cream, vanilla, salt and powdered sugar for your custard.
(5) Pour custard evenly over sandwich pieces and fruit. Using a flat spatula, gently push down on the bread so that the custard starts to absorb.
(6) Cover baking dish with aluminum foil and bake for 30 minutes.
(7) Remove foil and continue to bake uncovered for 8-10 minutes, until bread pudding is gold brown and the liquid has been completely absorbed.
(8) Let cool, then sprinkle with powdered sugar.
(9) Spoon some Nutella into a sandwich bag and microwave for 20-30 seconds. Snip off the tip from one corner of the bag, and pipe melted Nutella all over the top of your bread pudding.
(10) Slice and serve with whipped cream, ice cream, or both.