Dulce de Leche and Chocolate Bread Pudding

Bread Pudding is an all time classic spring and summer dessert! Nothing finishes off a delicious dinner meal than a warm intoxicating bowl of sheer goodness/a.k.a. bread pudding. While there are many variations of bread pudding floating around the web: chocolate, fruit-filled, even savory twists using vegetables, I opted to use a can of good old Dulce de Leche and a sprinkling of dark chocolate chips to create a spectacular mouth defying dessert.

As I sat down to write this post the other day I got through with the first paragraph and then just went blank. Blank as in what else can I say? I mean, I wanted bread pudding, I wanted a different type of bread pudding and I had a can of Dulce de Leche just sitting in my pantry. That’s it! End of story! No funny explanation or creative story behind the recipe. Simply put I felt like bread pudding!

I hope you don’t mind the lack of words in today’s post. I can say all the right things about this incredible dessert but no words will truly be able to explain just how amazing this tastes. The dark chocolate with pinches of salt adds a nice contrast against the overly sweet Dulce de Leche. It’s a simple dessert that tastes complicated. Tips to remember: The bread in the bread pudding needs to be generally stale or dried out a bit so it can better absorb the custard mixture.  Make sure to cut the crusts off the bread so your just left with the chewy middle and always, always give it plenty of time in the refrigerator so all the flavors and ingredients can marry!

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Dulce de Leche and Chocolate Bread Pudding
adapted from Good Housekeeping
  • 1 can dulce de leche
  • 3 TBSP butter or margarine, softened plus more for spreading o the bread
  • 1 loaf of rich egg bread (such as challah), cut into 1-inch-thick slices
  • 2½ cups whole milk
  • 3 large eggs
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 3 ounces dark chocolate, coarsely chopped
  1. Grease shallow 3-quart ceramic baking dish. In microwave-safe small bowl, reserve 2 tablespoons dulce de leche; cover and refrigerate.
  2. Lightly butter both sides of all bread slices. In 12-in. skillet, cook bread slices on medium-high 1 to 2 minutes per side or until golden brown and toasted. Cool on wire rack. In same skillet, combine milk, butter and remaining dulce de leche. Heat on medium-high 6 to 8 minutes or until bubbles form around edge of pan, stirring occasionally.
  3. Meanwhile, in large bowl, with wire whisk, combine eggs, brown sugar, cinnamon, vanilla, and salt. Continue whisking and add ½ cup hot milk mixture in slow, steady stream. Whisk in remaining milk mixture.
  4. Cut toasted bread slices into 1-in. cubes; arrange in single layer in prepared baking dish. Sprinkle with even layer of chocolate. Pour egg mixture over bread and chocolate. Let stand at least 30 minutes or overnight.
  5. Preheat oven to 350°F. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until just set and dark golden brown on top. Cool bread pudding in pan on wire rack 20 minutes. Microwave reserved dulce de leche on High 20 seconds to warm. Drizzle over bread pudding to serve.



  1. Joanne

    i was going to make cheesecake but now I’m wondering whether I should go the bread pudding route for easter dessert….this just looks insanely delicious!

    1. kbelleicious

      Oh both sound delish especially if you are making it. Hey- you could do a cheescake version of a bread pudding. No clue how but its a good idea!LOL!

  2. Three-Cookies

    Dulce de leche is simply magic. I can’t think of any dessert that can be ruined with the addition of dulce de leche

    1. kbelleicious

      Glad we are in agreement! LOL!

  3. Melynda@Moms Sunday Cafe

    I am a bread pudding fan from way back! This would be soooooo good!

  4. I'm a Nola Girl

    Oh heavens! This sounds divine!!!

  5. Bonnie

    This post should be tagged as obscene! Obscenely delicious, that is! Three of my favorites: dulce-de-leche, bread pudding and chocolate. I’ll be sending you the bill for my having to join a dieting organization!!


  6. Collette Osuna

    Im all over ANY bread pudding of any kind….you did it again lady….adding this recipe to my MUST MAKE list:)

    Love the new header!

  7. Reem | Simply Reem

    This is the heaven of desserts…. How can anyone go wrong with this bread pudding…
    You know dulce de leche is like an addiction for me… I am thinking this beauty is going to be really sinful but awesomely Delicious!!

    1. kbelleicious

      Sinful indeed!~ now only if we could enjoy some together and talk about food!

  8. Tina (PinayInTexas)

    This is pure deliciousness, Jessica! I’m drooling here!

  9. Caroline

    OK, now this is just cruel! Cruel I say! Looks out-of-this-world amazing. Dulce de Leche is my weakness. Fantastic recipe, Jessica! x

  10. Eva Kitcheninspirations.wordpress.com

    Just when I think your desserts can’t get any more decadent, Jessica and then you come up with this? Combining chocolate and the Dulce de Leche is wonderful — not to mention two of my absolute all time fav’s! Thanks for the great recipe.

  11. yummychunklet

    Using dulce de leche and chocolate in bread pudding? What creative and tasty twists!

  12. Erica

    I have never made bread pudding! I love it too- so delicious. And it sounds super simple to make. I love your blog 🙂

  13. Liz

    Another MUST try…my gosh, this looks amazing!!! YUM!

  14. Asmita

    OMG, this is heaven! How wonderful does it look and sound. You have some great recipes. Love it.

  15. lena

    OMG! this sounds utterly delicious!! i want to try it out someday..serious. Dont think it’s a sin having chocolate and dulce de leche for breakfast, right? have gone into maureen’s blog yesterday! that’s a fantastic write up, hope everyone in your family is keeping well!

  16. anthony stemke

    Nice here KBelle. I’ve made plenty of bread pudding s through the years, I guess my favourite was Paul Prudhomme’s from his Louisiana Cooking book.
    But in all fairness, this one also looks fine. Challah bread, I haven’t seen that in decades, since I left N.Y.

    1. kbelleicious

      I have that book! I sooo need to try that recipe next time! So glad you mentioned it

  17. Vicki Bensinger

    OMG this sounds amazing! I love Dulce de Leche and mixed with chocolate, challah and these spices sounds so comforting – not to mention fattening but then who’s counting! YUM!

  18. sara@domesticallychallenged

    Confession: I have never even TRIED bread pudding. Is that bad?

  19. sportsglutton

    I have a rule about not eating bread pudding, but seriously Jessica I might have to adjust my principles with the inclusion of Dulce and chocolate. Wow!

  20. Marsha @ The Harried Cook

    Anything with dulce de leche is a winner in my book! Looks yummy… 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  21. Baker Street

    Another great recipe! 🙂

    I always use croissants in my bread pudding for that extra buttery texture. I must try this soon. 🙂

    1. kbelleicious

      Croissants- now that is genius!

  22. kitchen flavours

    I’ve never tried making bread pudding before, this looks wonderful!

  23. Jen Laceda | Tartine and Apron Strings

    oh yay! i love bread puddings – either sweet or savoury!

  24. Nami | Just One Cookbook

    Although I have never tried bread pudding (eating and cooking), this particular bread pudding with Dulce de leche sounds amazingly delicious!

  25. Mandy - The Complete Cook Book

    How ever do you stay so beautifully slim. Scrumptious.
    🙂 Mandy

  26. Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen

    Wow, I could just dive right in that delicious bowl. I’ve fallen in love with dark chocolate.

  27. foodonfifth.com, Teresa

    Dulce de Leche is one wonderful ingredient for all kinds of desserts. It adds just the right amount of rich, caramel taste. Your bread pudding is the perfect used for this little can of delight. A great recipe for this time of year.

  28. Candace

    Out of all the variations of bread pudding that I’ve seen out there and/or tasted for myself, none comes even close to what you’ve created here. How can anything be as wonderful as the chocolatey, carameley goodness of this dessert?! This looks ah-ma-zing!

  29. Mary

    Ohhhh Jessica!! I would not be safe around a dessert this wonderful!!! so delicious
    mary x

    1. Kitchen Belleicious

      Oh Candace you are so sweet! If I ever enter food contests I want you as the judge:)

  30. Charles

    I haven’t had a bread pudding in years – my mother made them a lot when I used to live at home. Nice to see this different variation on them – it looks delicious, and I just love dulce de leche!

  31. Geni

    I am finding less and less to say about my food. I keep thinking, “Do I really want to blog any more?” but you bread pudding looks absolutely spectacular. YUM would be enough to say.

  32. 2 sisters recipes

    This sounds delicious! Great recipe for Easter Sunday! thanks for sharing! 🙂

  33. Cindy thehomemaker

    Love this dessert. Bread pudding is an all time favorite desert. This one has to beat all variations in my opinion.

  34. Kristy

    OH! Can you believe I just had bread pudding for the first time this past year and I LOVE it!!!!! It’s the ultimate comfort food. I would love some right about now, but sadly I’m not getting my butt off the couch tonight. Perhaps this weekend though. 😉

  35. Marina@Picnic at Marina

    Lovely bread pudding! I don’t think I’ve made one yet…

  36. daphne

    THe weather is getting cooler here and this warm pudding is exactly what i need for comfort right now. Couldn’t you come to travel to Aus?

  37. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen

    Ah two of my favorite things in one, chocolate and dulce de leche, nothing can beat that!

  38. Shea

    Ooh yum! I’m not usually a bread pudding person (I know, what’s wrong with me, right?) but this looks right up my alley! I think it was the chocolate 🙂

  39. Judy

    I’m not much of a bread pudding fan, but this might just convert me!

  40. shuhan

    that really is just food porn! and i was trying to be good this easter..

  41. Helene Dsouza I Masala Herb

    I have never made a bread pudding but I wish I could because it tastes hell good. I didnt grow up with this type of dessert so Ikind of missed it half my life till my husbands aunty made some.

    So my first breadpudding shell be made with dulce de leche, once I have an oven!

  42. Yudith @ Blissfully Delicious

    Dulce de Leche in a bread pudding? WANT! 🙂

  43. Biren @ Roti n Rice

    Your bread pudding looks really yummy despite the lack of words! 🙂 Happy Easter Jessica!

  44. Greg

    Oh wow, if Katherine sees this we’ll be having it for breakfast. This is amazing!

  45. vianney

    dulce de leche and chocolate…no words needed, LOL!! yum

  46. Barbara @ Barbara Bakes

    I missed so many yummy posts while I was on vacation. This one sounds amazing.

  47. Kiran @ KiranTarun.com

    Oh my Gawd!! Dulce de Leche chocolate bread pudding?!?!?! Enough said.

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