Croissant Bread Pudding ( Ina Garten )

Total Time
1hr 45mins
Prep 15 mins
Cook 1 hr 30 mins

I saw Ina Garten prepare this on the "Barefoot Contessa" show on Food Network. It is EXCELLENT, but very rich, great for entertaining.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Whisk together egg, half and half, sugar, vanilla.
  3. Set aside.
  4. Place bottom half of croissants in single layer in baking dish, add dried fruit, then place tops on.
  5. Pour custard mixture over and push down so the croissants absorb the custard.
  6. Let sit 10 minutes, then press again.
  7. Place in water bath, cover with foil but poke holes so steam can escape.
  8. Bake 45 minutes covered, then uncover and bake an additional 45 minutes.
Most Helpful

It is easy and amazingly yummy. To lessen the guilt, however, use skim milk (2 cups), two eggs, and 1/2 cup of sugar for about 4 large croissants. You can add any flavoring you want (I use vanilla and almond, and sprinkle sliced almonds on top). The taste will not suffer -- and neither will your behind (not so much, that is).

elamika January 22, 2008

I had a wonderful croissant bread pudding recipe several Christmases ago and overheard the baker mention Ina Garten. I found this recipe, and am so glad I did so now I can share this delicious dessert with friends and family. It is SO good. For convenience reasons, I halved the half-and-half and for the remainder used vanilla almond milk. The croissants I used were straight from the bakery, but I lightly toasted them in my oven for a crunch that resembles the staleness required. I also soaked my raisins in amaretto for about 20 minutes. The croissants are crispy on the outside and are so fluffy and eggy on the inside. This is a beautiful dessert sure to wow any crowd. Totally a keeper!

Barbell Bunny December 15, 2013

I substitute semi-sweet chocolate chips for the raisins as I can't stand raisins in my bread pudding. The result was a truly decadent dessert!

Chef MurphyGirl January 01, 2011