Nutella Croissant Bread Pudding*

Jessica’s tips to surviving Thanksgiving:

1. If you are not having Thanksgiving at your house, have someone else drive. This will free you up to drink your weight in wine.

2. Scout out your seat at the dinner table early on. You don’t want to be stuck next to the weird neighbor who gets hands-y when he has had one too many.

3. Have a conversation exit strategy. “Excuse me a second, I have to check on my pie.” It doesn’t matter if you brought pie or green beans. No one wants burnt pie.

4. When everyone goes around to say what they are thankful for, say, “I’m thankful I had another bandaid since I lost mine while making the potatoes.”

5. Steal all the leftover turkey so you can make Turkey Cups on Friday. They are quite possibly my favorite thing about Thanksgiving.


Most importantly, enjoy your time with your family. They may be certifiably insane, but they are yours. On the other hand, if it’s your spouse’s family, remember you agreed “for better or worse”. 😉

Thanksgiving is in two days and I am sure most of you are frantically planning your Thanksgiving dinners. The other readers are brilliant and said they would be in charge of the wine. No matter what category you fall in, you need to stop whatever you are doing and make this Nutella Croissant Bread Pudding.

No, I don’t care that it’s not traditional Thanksgiving dessert with pumpkin. It’s freaking amazing. It has loads of Nutella and is perfectly acceptable to be eaten for breakfast or for dessert with vanilla ice cream. It can be made ahead of time and reheated in the oven (or the microwave) and I don’t know a single guest who would be upset to see it after a long fight with the top button of their jeans.

Jokes aside, I hope each of you have an awesome Thanksgiving filled with love, laughter and pie!



Nutella Croissant Bread Pudding

Yield: 8 servings

Serve this rich bread pudding warm with a healthy scoop of vanilla bean ice cream!


  • 8 large croissants, preferably stale
  • 1/2 cup Nutella
  • 3 whole large eggs
  • 6 egg yolks
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 1/2 cups half and half
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoonfuls cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt


Preheat oven to 375 degrees and grease a 10 x 6 by 3-inch deep glass baking dish.

Slice each croissant in half lengthwise and spread a generous scoop of nutella on one side. Sandwich the halves back together and roughly chop into 1-2 inch pieces. Layer croissant/nutella pieces evenly in prepared glass baking dish.

In a large bowl, combine large eggs, egg yolks, heavy cream, half and half, sugar, cinnamon, vanilla extract, and a pinch of salt. Pour the custard mixture over the croissants and allow to soak for 10 minutes, pressing down gently.

Loosely cover the baking dish with aluminum foil. Cut a few small holes in the foil to allow steam to escape. Bake for 55-65 minutes. Then remove foil and bake for 10 to 15 more minutes or until the pudding is set and a knife inserted in the center comes out mostly clean. Remove from the oven and cool slightly. Serve warm or at room temperature. Store in an airtight container, in the refrigerator, for up to 3 days.

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46 Responses to “Nutella Croissant Bread Pudding”

  1. 1

    Tessa @ Handle the Heat — November 22, 2011 @ 5:36 pm

    Oh. my. god. This is SINFUL!

  2. 2

    Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga — November 22, 2011 @ 6:06 pm

    Oh wow. I love nutella and I love bread pudding. So this is totally fat free and ‘light’ then, right? :) I don’t care what it is…I WANT IT!

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    Annalise — November 22, 2011 @ 6:24 pm

    Day-um. This looks absolutely incredible. I’m about to drop all my pie making plans I have for the next few days and make this instead. Looks fabulous!

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    Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray — November 22, 2011 @ 7:25 pm

    This is amaaaaazing. I am usually not a bread pudding fan (um, why are you using your stale bread to make me dessert?!), but this just looks like magic. Oh, and I like your emphasis on “healthy” scoop of vanilla ice cream–adds calcium! 😉

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    Joanne — November 22, 2011 @ 7:56 pm

    See I think I need to make this so I have something delicious to stress-eat during all of this holiday baking and cooking!

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    mom — November 22, 2011 @ 7:59 pm

    One year when I was just a toddler…I mean teenager…Aunt Gay had to make our Thanksgiving Dinner. Your Granny and PaPa had to leave for a funeral and returned on TDay! Anyways…..Gay was trying so hard…chopping and all that and somewhere along the way she chopped off a finger nail.

    Long story short we never found it and everyone enjoyed dinner!

  7. 7

    Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray — November 22, 2011 @ 8:21 pm

    Yesssss please! I could live on this stuff!

  8. 8

    Alison @ Ingredients, inc. — November 22, 2011 @ 9:31 pm

    omg you had me at Nutella Croissant

  9. 9

    Ann — November 22, 2011 @ 10:51 pm

    LOVE the tips! Being grateful for the second bandaid because you lost the first one is HYSTERICAL! Happy Thanksgiving!

  10. 10

    Heather of Kitchen Concoctions — November 22, 2011 @ 10:53 pm

    Who cares if this is not a traditional Thanksgiving dessert! It has Nutella!

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    Julie @ Sugarfoot Eats — November 22, 2011 @ 10:58 pm

    Ha! I’ll have to remember the “I’ll be in charge of the wine” trick for Christmas. My whole “I’ll be in charge of the side dishes” for Thanksgiving was a bad idea!

  12. 12

    Carolyn — November 23, 2011 @ 7:20 am

    Oh my. That is heavenly stuff!

  13. 13

    Katrina — November 23, 2011 @ 7:27 am

    Wow. I’m in heaven!!

  14. 14

    brandi — November 23, 2011 @ 8:59 am

    “enjoy your time with your family. They may be certifiably insane, but they are yours.: YUP!

    i love ’em, crazy and all :)

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    DessertForTwo — November 23, 2011 @ 10:27 am

    Excuse me while I rush to the ticket counter to change my ticket to Florida and come to your house to eat every single serving of these. Must have ’em!

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    Brandy — November 23, 2011 @ 10:56 am

    Ok, that made my waist band tighten just looking at that and I’m wearing sweats at the moment! :) In all seriousness though, I have hosted Thanksgiving at my house for the last five years just so I could drink my weight in wine. And my dad brings the good stuff too. I’m pretty sure I’m going to work that bandaid line in at some point during the day tomorrow. Happy Thanksgiving!!

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    The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh — November 23, 2011 @ 3:46 pm

    Yes please. I bet I could set a weight gain record with that bad boy!

  18. 18

    Stefanie — November 23, 2011 @ 5:18 pm

    Wow, nutella…. with croissants…. in a bread pudding! Great idea! This looks so good!!

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    kyleen — November 23, 2011 @ 11:23 pm

    When everyone goes around to say what they are thankful for, say, “I’m thankful I had another bandaid since I lost mine while making the potatoes.”


    This croissant bread looks delicious. You had me at croissants!

  20. 20

    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — November 24, 2011 @ 6:59 am

    I love your tips! Even more, I love this! Too bad I’d rather make it for myself than share it with anyone, is that bad?

  21. 21

    Nicky — November 24, 2011 @ 2:31 pm

    sorry but what is half and half? I always get confused with the cream variation names from uk to us…

  22. 22

    molly — November 25, 2011 @ 7:04 am

    i made this today and it was AMAZING! thanks so much for sharing…i’m addicted to your blog!

    • Jessica replied: — November 27th, 2011 @ 9:00 am

      So glad you liked it!!

  23. 23

    Sally @ Spontaneous Hausfrau — November 25, 2011 @ 9:39 am

    I bet this pudding has the most amazing crusty, buttery, chocolatey edges.

  24. 24

    Katie from Katie's Cucina — November 27, 2011 @ 11:47 am

    oh man… leave it to you to take it to the next level! I love bread pudding, croissants, and nutella. Need to make ASAP! :)

  25. 25

    Joeycake — November 27, 2011 @ 7:15 pm

    Just found your blog! I like you!

    I have a dreaded relative I do everything in my power to avoid sitting beside. He eats the turkey butt every year and it makes me want to hurl.

    This nutella goodness looks amazeballs.

    Thanks! jolie

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    Jen @ — November 27, 2011 @ 10:06 pm

    Love your tips! Hubby and I both got a stomach bug for Thanksgiving this year, so we missed the big meal. But we made up for it on Friday!

  27. 27

    Sarah from 20somethingcupcakes — November 28, 2011 @ 11:29 am

    This looks positively sinful. OMG.

  28. 28

    Tina @ My Life as a Mrs — November 28, 2011 @ 3:40 pm

    YUM! I want this now. 😉

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    Lauren — November 28, 2011 @ 5:00 pm

    Good grief woman! Where do you come up with this stuff? This is like the definition of ridiculous.

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    carly {carlyklock} — November 28, 2011 @ 5:13 pm

    I haven’t stopped dreaming of this chocolate croissant bread pudding with bourbon glaze I had once. Amazing.

    Love the idea of using nutella! holy moly.

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    Cookin' Cowgirl — November 29, 2011 @ 8:45 am

    I die!

  32. 32

    Natalie — November 29, 2011 @ 9:08 pm

    Wow this looks amazing! Great recipe for a dinner party!

  33. 33

    The Food Hunter — November 30, 2011 @ 11:51 am

    if it’s got nutella in it I love it!

  34. 34

    ErinsFoodFiles — November 30, 2011 @ 7:49 pm

    This looks DECADENT!

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    Erica — December 21, 2011 @ 12:30 am

    Can you make this the day before and bake it in the morning?

    • Jessica replied: — December 27th, 2011 @ 5:10 pm

      Hey Erica! Sorry to just be getting back to you! I was on a cruise and had no internet! Annnyywwayyysss…. I would not recommend making this the day before. I think the bread would turn out way too soggy by then. It’s really better the day off and right out of the oven!

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    Nabiya — January 24, 2012 @ 10:55 pm

    I love that green mold you have in the last picture, it’s SO CUTE! We can’t find stuff like that where I am… at least, not for a good price.

    Also, more importantly, I think I love you. You had me at Nutella. LOL can’t wait to try this recipe out, and I will most probably be posting it up on my blog when I’m done (with credits to you, of course) if that is okay.

    Thanks for sharing!

  39. 39

    Sadia — February 7, 2012 @ 11:07 pm

    another great recipe! You have me baking daily! lol

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    Liana — August 27, 2012 @ 10:34 pm

    This looked too good so I went straight to the market after work. Only problem was all the Nutella was sold out…so I bought and used Biscoff spread instead. Woooo let me just say, you’ve got to try it. It came out not overly sweet, just right. By the way, I think you’re blog is fantastic! ^_^

    • Jessica replied: — August 28th, 2012 @ 12:08 pm

      I am totally down with the Biscoff idea. YUM!

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