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Individual dishes that are great for "company" - originally made in Strings Restaurant in Denver Colorado!
- Preheat oven to 325F.
- Cut croissants into 1/2" cubes (3 1/2 cups)& spread in ungreased jelly roll pan, 15 1/2x10".
- Bake 10 minutes, stir& bake 8-10 minutes longer, or until golden and toasted.
- Mix egg yolks and sugar in medium bowl.
- Set aside.
- Heat whipping cream& half-and-half in a 2 qt.
- saucepan over low heat, stirring occasionally.
- Add vanilla beans.
- Beat hot cream into egg yolk mixture with wire whisk.
- Strain custard through a sieve to remove vanilla beans.
- Cool 15 minutes.
- Divide croissant cubes and chocolate chunks among 6 ungreased 6 oz.
- ramekins or custard cups.
- Pour custard over croissant cubes.
- Place ramekins in 13x9" baking pan, on oven rack.
- Pour very hot water into pan to within 1/2" of tops of cups.
- Bake uncovered 35-40 minutes or until knife inserted in center comes out clean.
- Serve warm with ice cream.