Mocha Bread Pudding + A Giveaway! [Featuring FreshGround Roasting]

Mocha Bread Pudding 4 - offbeat + inspired

Food isn’t always about what ends up on the plate. For me, it’s about the process of preparing that dish. It’s about the people I get to share it with, where the ingredients originated, who passed along that recipe to me or how it morphed and changed in my kitchen.

Mocha Bread Pudding 6 - offbeat + inspired

This recipe started with four failed loaves of bread I had attempted to bake. Apparently the yeast I used had become inactive, the loaves didn’t rise properly and they were extremely dense. In an attempt to salvage all those ingredients, the “failed” bread eventually transformed into two trays of decadent bread pudding – one flavored with cranberries and an orange and the other this chocolatey, coffee-infused version.

Mocha Bread Pudding 3 - offbeat + inspired

I made enough bread pudding to feed a crowd and had to laugh when I realized my husband and I were the only ones at our house to enjoy it. (Thankfully we have family who lives nearby and they were able to polish off a tray for us.) I’ve never really learned how to cook for only two people – there’s just something that makes me automatically assume every recipe should be at least doubled.

Mocha Bread Pudding 1 - offbeat + inspired

Mocha Bread Pudding 2 - offbeat + inspired

This Mocha Bread Pudding is homey, casual and best eaten with a few napkins at arm’s reach. Make sure there’s a heaping scoop of vanilla bean ice cream to accompany the warm, creamy custard and velvety chocolate. A hint of coffee in the pudding marries well with a freshly brewed cup o’ joe. It’s a family style dessert – one that I can picture enjoying in front of the fireplace, during a game night with loved ones or when you’re snowed in and craving a comforting treat.

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Now for the giveaway! I love the traditional route of starting my day off with a freshly brewed cup of coffee, and I also enjoy playing around with ways to incorporate coffee into recipes. Whether it’s bread pudding, granola or cupcakes, coffee takes it to the next level.

We want to spread that love of coffee with you (just in time for Christmas!), so we’re partnering with FreshGround to give away two $25 gift cards that are good for anything on their site, from freshly roasted beans to a new Baratza Precisio grinder. To enter, just use the Rafflecopter widget below!

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Mocha Bread Pudding
Yields about 10 servings

1 lb day old bread such as brioche or challah, cubed
1 cup semisweet chocolate chunks
6 eggs
3 cups half and half or milk
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled
¾ cup triple strength coffee or coffee concentrate (I recommend FreshGround’s Sumatra or Honduras)
1 cup granulated sugar
1 tbsp cocoa powder
1 tbsp vanilla extract
Pinch of salt

1. Preheat oven to 350 and lightly grease a 9×13 pan. Toss bread cubes with chocolate chunks and add to 9×13 pan.

2. Lightly beat the eggs. Whisk in the rest of the ingredients.

3. Pour egg mixture over the bread. Press bread down if necessary to make sure all the cubes soak up the liquid. Let sit for 30-45 minutes so that the bread soaks up the liquid. At this point, you can cover and refrigerate the pudding overnight. Just bring it to room temperature before baking.

4. Bake uncovered for about 45-50 minutes, or until eggs have set. Remove from the oven and allow the bread pudding to sit for about 10 minutes. Serve while still warm with vanilla bean ice cream or whipped cream.

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  1. I would get a Chemex Classic, that is very cool!

  2. That’s some coffee grinder, and — whoa — bread pudding with a kick! If I won the gift card, I’d stock up on Sumatra beans. We’re running dangerously low on coffee…

  3. I think I’d buy either the Hario Skerton grinder or some of their awesome coffee.

  4. Thank you for this lovely recipe and thank you for this beautiful giveaway!
    i would buy:
    Have a collection of mugs!
    Crossed fingers!

  5. Oh Sarah, I am beyond giddy about this giveaway! Well since I am going to splurge on a few other items… (yes sweet hubby is having a coffee filled Christmas with everything purchased from or made by small businesses) I am thinking some coffee or the hand grinder so he can take it one work trips! I love what Fresh Grounds stands for to boot as well!!

  6. mugs!!!

  7. Ashley Bree Perez says:

    I would buy some of their coffee 🙂

  8. would love the grinder for my french press!

  9. I just LOVE the Pair of Hand Made Coffee Mugs (Black)

  10. Mmm this looks so delicious!

  11. I have been looking at French Presses lately and I just fell in love with the Stainless Steel French Press!!

  12. DailyWoman (Lacey) says:

    I like the pair of black hand painted mugs

  13. Looks fantastic!! They are cute looking coffee mugs!! wish to grab a few!!

  14. looks amazing! trying this recipe tonight!

  15. I love the idea of sweetening up this traditional favorite, I can not wait to try!

  16. I’d try one of the decafs. And thanks for the recipe. I LOVE bread puddings.

  17. I’d love to put it towards a Chemex. I’ve been dying for one.

  18. I’d get the Growers First Mexico Oaxaca.

  19. The sumatra coffee looks good!

  20. handmade coffee mugs

  21. Chemex Classic

  22. I’ve pick the Chemex Classic (read about this and have wanted to try one) and a few packs of coffee samples.


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