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Chocolate Bread Pudding with Coconut

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Bake: 50 min.

Makes

6-8 servings

Nothing was wasted on the farm where I grew up in southwest Nebraska—this pudding was made from stale bread. My father loved chocolate, so if we weren't having this dessert, we'd have homemade chocolate ice cream or chocolate cake!

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 3 tablespoons baking cocoa
  • 4-1/2 cups cubed day-old bread (about 9 slices)
  • 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut, divided
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Whipped cream and grated chocolate, optional

Directions

  1. In a large saucepan, heat butter and milk until butter is melted; stir in cocoa. Remove from the heat and set aside. Toss bread and 3/4 cup coconut; place in a greased 1-1/2-qt. shallow baking dish. Add sugar, eggs, vanilla and salt to milk mixture; mix well. Pour over the bread. Sprinkle with the remaining coconut. Place baking dish in a 13x9-in. pan in oven; add 1 in. of water to pan. Bake at 350° for 50-55 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Serve warm or cold; if desired, garnish with whipped cream and grated chocolate.

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