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Cherry Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding with Maple Cream Sauce

This dessert is so simple, yet perfectly sweet, beautiful, and tasty in every possible way.  Cherry Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding with Maple Cream Sauce, one word, heavenly!

Cherry Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding with Maple Cream Sauce
Oh boy are you sitting down?  You really should be sitting down for this one.  One bite and your head is going to snap backwards, eyes to the heavens and you will no doubt make the loudest MMMM mmmm sound of your life.  No doubt, this will happen.


Cherry Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding with Maple Cream Sauce Over reacting?  Me? I never, ever over react, I do not exaggerate when it comes to food.  Life in general yes, I’ve been known to embellish.  Food.  Never.  Food is serious stuff people.



Cherry Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding with Maple Cream SauceAnd this dessert needs to be made.  In your kitchen.  SOON!!  Indulge people.  The hour is nigh!



Cherry Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding with Maple Cream Sauce Go forth and maketh ye Cherry Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding with Maple Cream Sauce.  Be Aware!  Not to be confused with beware.  Be aware, that your life will change.  As will your hips, thighs, jodpers, and the like.  It’s all good, and well worth it.  I speaketh the truth!

Me thinkest the pilgrims hast taken over my speech.



Cherry Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding with Maple Cream Sauce But seriously, I grew up eating bread pudding like it was no big deal.  It was something my mom made when the bread got dried out and she wanted to make a sweet treat for us.  Usually on Sunday night, we would have bread pudding with homemade chocolate sauce and we’d watch the Sunday night Disney movie or later on it was The Muppet Show.


Cherry Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding with Maple Cream Sauce OK again I digress.  This recipe is so quick, easy and you most likely have everything you need on hand.  If you don’t have mini chocolate chips, or dried cherries no worries leave them out or substitute chopped up chocolate chips and raisins, apricots, pecan, or use whatever our heart desires!  However, my mom never made this cream sauce.  Probably because it’s bad.  Very. Very. Bad.  I seriously found myself drinking it out of the pan, scalding hot.  Dipping bread scraps in it.  Eating it like soup.  I became so obsessed with it, it nearly ruined my life, for a minute.  Then my kids walked through the door and I snapped out of it.

Don’t say I didn’t warn you.



Cherry Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding with Maple Cream SauceDo not be left alone with the sauce!

Chocolate Chip Cherry Bread Pudding with Maple Cream Sauce

This dessert is decadent and oh so easy to pull together.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American, Dessert
Servings 8 servings


  • 1 7x11" baking dish 9x13 baking dish works as well


bread pudding

  • 2 cups half and half
  • 2 whole eggs
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup chopped dried cherries
  • 1/3 cup mini semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 10 cups day old bread cut into cubes approximately 1 inch in size usually 1 pound loaf of Italian bread equals 10 cups
  • 1 tbsp softened butter for greasing the dish

maple cream sauce

  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1/3 cup maple syrupq
  • 1/4 cup dark Karo syrup
  • 1/2 tsp maple extract


Preheat oven to 350 degrees, butter an 11×7 inch baking dish with 1 tablespoon butter. assemble bread pudding

  • In a bowl whisk together, half and half, eggs, syrup, sugar, spices, and vanilla until smooth. About 1 minute with whisk.
    Cut or tear bread into small pieces 1/2 inch to 1 inch and place in buttered baking dish.
    Sprinkle dried cherries, and mini chocolate chips over bread cubes, and help them fall down in leaving a few peeking out the top. (Don’t be tempted to add more chips. I’m all about an abundance of chocolate but this amount is really perfect. Trust me.)
    Pour egg mixture over bread, evenly, and pressed bread into the egg mixture with the back of a spatula. Let sit for 10 minutes, allowing bread to soak up egg. Place in preheated 350 degree oven for 45 minutes. Remove to a cooling rack. Let cool for 30 minutes, before cutting into 8 or 12 pieces.

maple cream sauce

  • Combine ingredients together in a medium-sized sauce pan, place on stove top and turn burner on medium-low to low. Cook, continually stirring for 20 minutes or until sauce as reduced by 1/3 and has thickened enough to coat the back of a wooden spoon.


Note:  Bread pudding can be made a day ahead of time, as well as the maple cream sauce.  Let bread pudding come to room temperature, and warm sauce in the microwave before serving.  Bread pudding and maple cream sauce contain dairy and eggs so make sure to store any leftovers in the refrigerator.
Keyword bread pudding, cherry, chocolate, decadent, dessert, sauce
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Cherry Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding with Maple Cream Sauce

This will definitely find its way into my holiday dessert making! I hope it makes an appearance at your table as well!!

Joy to the World!




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    1. Deidre, sorry I didn’t see this comment until now. I hope everything came out delicious for you! Thanks for being here! Sheila

  1. 5 stars
    I was skeptical but it sounded so good! It is amazing! The problem is that there are only two of us! How to reheat and or freeze?