Rich, chocolatey and zesty, this chocolate orange bread and butter pudding is a twist on the classic, with a sweet, crisp exterior and a beautiful soft-and-tender centre.

Overhead image of chocolate orange bread and butter pudding in a white dish, set on a wooden board. The pudding has orange slices on top and a spoonful is being taken. There are orange slices and an orange napkin around the dish.

I love an old-school style pudding. Treacle sponge, apple pie, sticky toffee pudding, trifle – I could eat them all, one after the other.

Bread and butter pudding definitely falls into that category, and it was a hard decision as to whether I should publish an original version, or whether to go with chocolate.

Chocolate’s always going to win though. Especially chocolate orange.

This recipe is from my ‘It’s all about Dinner book‘.
I know – this is a dessert, not a dinner. But I couldn’t resist adding just a few desserts in there.

So what do we need….

📋 Ingredients for Chocolate Orange Bread & Butter Pudding

Ingredients for chocolate orange bread and butter pudding on a wooden board.

📺 Watch how to make it

Full recipe with detailed steps in the recipe card at the end of this post.

👩‍🍳PRO TIP I’ve got mixed citrus peel in here – to give it a bit of a festive feel. If you wanted to add in more dried fruit, cranberries, raisins and dried blueberries all work great.

Close up overhead image of chocolate orange bread and butter pudding in a white dish. The pudding has orange slices on top and a spoonful is being taken.

🍽️ What to serve it with

  • Vanilla Ice Cream
  • Fresh Double Cream
  • Thick and creamy custard.

I love how the chunks of chocolatey bread almost look like miniature chocolate brownies!

Tall image of chocolate orange bread and butter pudding in a white dish, set on a wooden board. The pudding has orange slices on top and a spoonful is being taken.

The full recipe with ingredient quantities and step-by-step instructions are below.
Let me know if you make it. I love reading your comments ❤️️


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Chocolate Orange Bread & Butter Pudding Recipe

Rich, chocolatey and zesty, this chocolate orange bread and butter pudding is a twist on the classic, with a sweet, crisp exterior and a beautiful soft-and-tender centre.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 8 – 10
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: British

Ingredients

  • 300 g (10.5 oz) white bloomer-style bread
  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 100 g (3/4 cup) candied peel chunks
  • 100 g (2/3 cup) sultanas
  • 240 ml (1 cup) full-fat milk
  • 300 ml (1 1/4 cups) double (heavy) cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 100 g (1/2 cup) light brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp cornflour (cornstarch in USA)
  • 1 tsp Valencian orange extract
  • 150 g (5.3 oz) dark chocolate roughly chopped
  • 80 g (1/2 cup) chocolate chips (milk or dark – I use milk chocolate)
  • 1 orange sliced into half-moons
  • 1 tsp confectioners' sugar sifted

Instructions 

  • Grease a large casserole dish (I use an oval 28cmx25cm dish).
  • Slice the bread into 2.5cm (1 inch) thick slices and spread with the butter, then cut each bread slice into 2.5cm (1 inch) chunks.
    300 g (10.5 oz) white bloomer-style bread, 3 tbsp unsalted butter
  • Arrange the bread chunks in the casserole dish and sprinkle over the candied peel and sultanas, then put to one side.
    100 g (3/4 cup) candied peel chunks, 100 g (2/3 cup) sultanas
  • Heat the milk, cream, and vanilla extract in a pan until almost boiling, then turn off the heat.
    240 ml (1 cup) full-fat milk, 300 ml (1 1/4 cups) double (heavy) cream, 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • To a jug, add the egg yolks, brown sugar, and cornflour and mix together.
    4 egg yolks, 100 g (1/2 cup) light brown sugar, 2 tbsp cornflour
  • While stirring, using a whisk, add a splash of the hot milk mixture to the egg-sugar mixture. Continue to add the milk to the eggs, a splash at a time, while stirring with the whisk, until the milk has all been added.
  • Give the milk pan a wash to remove any milk residue, then pour the milk and egg mixture back into the pan. Heat over a medium heat, whilst slowly stirring with a whisk, until the mixture thickens.
  • Turn off the heat and stir in the orange extract and dark chocolate. Stir until the chocolate melts.
    1 tsp Valencian orange extract, 150 g (5.3 oz) dark chocolate
  • Spoon the chocolate mixture over the bread in the casserole dish and mix it together to coat the bread.
  • Leave to sit for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 175C/350F (fan).
  • Sprinkle the chocolate chips over the bread mixture, then place the dish in the oven for 25-30 minutes, until the edges of the bread are crisp.
    80 g (1/2 cup) chocolate chips
  • Remove from the oven, arrange the orange slices on top and sift the confectioners' sugar on top. Serve on its own or with ice cream.
    1 orange, 1 tsp confectioners' sugar

Video

Notes

Dried fruit tip
Swap out the peel and/or the sultanas for different types of dried fruit. Cranberries, raisins and dried blueberries all work great.
Make Ahead
You can make the Bread & Butter Pudding ahead – right up to the point just before you put it in the oven.
  1. Cover the baking dish with clingfilm and refrigerate for up to a day.
  2. Then remove the clingfilm and cook as per the instructions in the recipe card (you can do this straight from the fridge).
Leftovers
Allow leftovers to cool, then store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
Reheat in individual portions in the microwave (about 1-1.5 minutes, until piping hot).
Nutritional information is approximate, per serving, based on this recipe serving 10 people.

Nutrition

Calories: 496kcal | Carbohydrates: 58g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 124mg | Sodium: 207mg | Potassium: 365mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 37g | Vitamin A: 730IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 136mg | Iron: 3mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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