The Best Bread Puddings + More

Turn day-old bread into creamy custards that will satisfy all your cold-weather cravings.

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Chocolate Croissant Bread Pudding

This gooey dessert gets an extra boost of decadence from flaky croissants and a creamy bourbon-infused sauce.

Get the Recipe: Chocolate Croissant Bread Pudding with Bourbon Ice Cream Sauce

Coconut Bread Pudding with Caramel Rum Sauce

Shredded coconut turns day-old baguettes into a comforting dessert with tropical flavor. The caramel rum sauce –– made creamier with the addition of coconut milk –– should be drizzled generously.

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Rice Pudding with Vanilla Bean, Orange and Rum

Arborio rice is a perfect choice for rice pudding, as the grains stay plump and chewy when cooked in milk. A hint of dark rum and grated orange peel make Giada's pudding extra special.

Get the Recipe: Rice Pudding with Vanilla Bean, Orange and Rum

Apple Bread Pudding

Bread pudding is a natural comfort food star with its crusty, browned edges and tender inner custard. Michael Symon adds crisp Granny Smith apples to his version and spikes the creamy custard mixture with spices and honey.

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Bourbon-Banana Puddings

This Southern staple always satisfies — especially when the vanilla pudding base gets kicked up with brown sugar and bourbon.

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Tres Leches Bread Pudding

Three kinds of milk and a generous amount of egg yolks create a custardlike consistency while toasted almonds provide the perfect amount of crunch in this extremely rich pudding.

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Triple-Chocolate Pudding

The chocolate-lover's triumvirate, this airy concoction has a triple dose of the sweet stuff: bittersweet and white chocolate as well as Dutch-processed cocoa powder.

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Cinnamon Roll Bread Pudding

Two classic comfort foods meet in the middle to form this rich and gooey pudding. Cinnamon challah bread forms the base and gains deep flavor from almond liqueur and toasted walnuts.

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Challah Bread Pudding with Chocolate and Raisins

Use challah as your bread base for an even more decadent bread pudding. Studded with raisins and chocolate chips and drizzled with a rich chocolate ganache, this recipe tastes like a cross between rugelach and babka.

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Tres Leches Rice Pudding

The recipe for this rich pudding wisely suggests using leftover takeout rice that would otherwise linger in the fridge. And per tres leches tradition, its rich creaminess comes from three distinct milks: evaporated, coconut and sweetened condensed milk.

Get the Recipe: Tres Leches Rice Pudding

Salted Caramel Bread Pudding

Old-fashioned favorites — bread pudding and caramelized apples — come together for one glorious, gooey dessert.

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Dad's Death by Chocolate

A chocolate-lover's dream trifle, this dessert scatters cookies and toffee throughout layers of whipped cream and bittersweet chocolate pudding.

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Sticky Fig Pudding

If you think figgy pudding is just from old Christmas carol lyrics, think again. Chuck drenches his pudding with a buttery toffee sauce that's so good, you'll understand why carolers sing, "We won't leave until we get some."

Get the Recipe: Sticky Fig Pudding with Candied Fresh Figs

Chocolate-Banana Bread Pudding

To create a decadent dessert, Chef Zoe Francois combines a loaf of fresh-baked banana bread with a velvety chocolate ganache. Top it with a spoon of creme fraiche or a scoop of chocolate ice cream and the result is elegant comfort food fit for any occasion.

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Jam and Bread Pudding

Bobby Flay layers tangy strawberry preserves between wedges of eggy brioche, then sticks the pudding under a broiler to get the glaze golden and warm before serving.

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Chocolate Pudding

Skip the powder-in-a-box route — you can make rich chocolate pudding with ingredients you already have in your pantry and refrigerator.

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Krispy Kreme Bread Pudding

Give bread pudding an even naughtier name by starting with the infamously indulgent store-bought doughnuts as your bread base. A chocolate glaze really drives home the over-the-top status.

Get the Recipe: Krispy Kreme Bread Pudding Recipe With Chocolate Glaze

Chocolate Pudding

With its intense cocoa flavor and silky texture, Alton's stovetop pudding is easier to make than boxed alternatives and far more satisfying.

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Peanut Butter Rice Pudding

Bobby Deen lightens creamy rice pudding with a brown-rice base and a low-cal peanut butter whipped cream topping. With peanut butter, raisins and flax seed in the pudding itself, this comforting snack will actually fill you up and satisfy your cravings.

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Sticky Toffee Date and Orange Pudding

Orange juice and fresh zest balance out the sweetness of this tender date-flecked cake, a confection that originated in England.

Get the Recipe: Sticky Toffee Date and Orange "Pudding"