If you thought bread pudding couldn't get any more luscious, you haven't tried this version that features a creamy, rich chocolate sauce. 

Ingredients

  • 8 slices Nature's Own Butterbread
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 4 ounces bittersweet chocolate (60% cacao), coarsely chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons softened butter
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Whipped topping (optional)
  • Strawberries or raspberries for garnish

Preparation

Step 1

Combine milk, sugar, chocolate, 2 tablespoons butter and salt in medium saucepan. Heat over medium heat, stirring frequently, 12 to 15 minutes or until chocolate and butter are melted. Remove from heat; cool 15 minutes.

Step 2

Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter 2-quart casserole with softened butter.

Step 3

Cube bread and layer evenly in prepared casserole.

Step 4

Beat eggs and vanilla in medium bowl. Stir into milk mixture.

Step 5

Pour milk mixture over bread. Gently press bread cubes with fingertips until all are moistened.

Step 6

Bake 45 to 50 minutes or until puffy and center is set.

Step 7

Serve warm with whipped topping, if desired. Garnish with berries.