How to make it

  • Preheat an oven to 325°F. Lightly butter a 2-quart oval au gratin dish.
  • Pour the milk and cream into a heavy saucepan.
  • Place the vanilla bean on a work surface.
  • Using a small, sharp knife, cut the bean in half lengthwise. Using the knife tip, scrape the seeds from the bean, then add the seeds and bean halves to the milk mixture.
  • Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat.
  • Remove from the heat, cover and let stand for 30 minutes.
  • Return the saucepan to medium-high heat and bring to a simmer. Remove from the heat and whisk in the 5 oz. finely chopped chocolate until smooth.
  • In a heatproof bowl, whisk together the sugar, eggs and salt until blended.
  • Form a kitchen towel into a ring and place the bowl on top to prevent it from moving.
  • Gradually pour the hot chocolate mixture into the egg mixture, whisking constantly.
  • Pour the mixture through a fine-mesh sieve set over a large bowl. Add the croissants and stir to combine.
  • Let stand for 20 minutes, occasionally pressing the croissants into the custard.
  • Stir 3 oz. of the chopped chocolate into the croissant mixture and transfer to the prepared dish.
  • Sprinkle the remaining chopped chocolate on top.
  • Bake until a knife inserted near the center of the pudding comes out almost clean, 40 to 45 minutes.
  • Serve warm or at room temperature.
  • Accompany each serving with a drizzle of caramel sauce and a dollop of whipped cream.

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    " It was excellent "
    lanacountry ate it and said...
    Nother 555555 :)
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  • theoldrecluse 10 years ago
    The simpler the better. I like it and give you a five.
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    " It was excellent "
    chefmeow ate it and said...
    Yum, decadence written all over this one. Great photo and great recipe. High 5 my friend. Keep em coming.
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    " It was excellent "
    trigger ate it and said...
    This sounds wonderful to me I have to have this on my plate soon. A chocolate dream!
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    " It was excellent "
    juels ate it and said...
    What a great recipe, Joymarie, thanks!
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    " It was excellent "
    gourmetana ate it and said...
    Wow! This is a piece of heaven :)
    Thank you for sharing! I love to have this kind of pudding with custard - english style!
    Big 5 from me!
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