Chocolate-Orange Bread Pudding

  • 1/2 c. orange juice
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tsp. maple syrup
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 T. orange zest
  • 2 tsp. cocoa powder
  • 3 egg whites
  • cooking spray
  • 4 thick slices oatmeal bread -- cubed
  • 1/2 c. miniature chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.

Combine the orange juice, egg yolk, maple syrup, vanilla extract, and orange zest in a large mixing bowl. Carefully fold the cocoa powder into the egg mixture.

In a clean bowl, whip the egg whites until stiff peaks form. Carefully fold the egg whites into the cocoa and egg yolk mixture.

Lightly coat a 1 quart casserole dish with cooking spray and arrange the bread cubes evenly across the bottom. Pour the egg mixture over the top of the bread crumbs.

Place the casserole pan in a 9X13-inch baking pan and carefully add boiling water to the baking pan until it reaches one inch up the side of the casserole pan. Bake the bread pudding for 35-40 minutes or until it is golden brown. Sprinkle the chocolate chips over the top and serve hot.

  • Yields: 4 servings
  • Preparation Time: 50 minutes
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