Thanks to buttery, flaky croissants, this bread pudding has a richer flavor and lighter texture than most. It puffs beautifully in the oven but will deflate as it cools, so it’s best baked right before serving. You can assemble the pudding and let it sit at room temperature for up to 1 hour before baking. Serve with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.
Position a rack in the center of the oven and heat the oven to 400°F.
Put the croissant pieces in a 2-1/2-quart heatproof baking dish. Break the eggs into a medium bowl, add a pinch of salt, and whisk to blend.
Heat the sugar in a wide, heavy-duty 4-quart saucepan over medium heat without stirring until it begins to turn dark amber, 3 to 5 minutes. Swirl the pan to caramelize the sugar evenly. Reduce the heat to low and whisk in the heavy cream, milk, and liquor (be careful, as the liquids will sputter and steam). The caramel will seize up; raise the heat to high and continue whisking until it dissolves, about 3 minutes.
Slowly whisk the caramel mixture into the eggs. Pour the mixture over the croissants, making sure they are fully covered. Bake until golden-brown and puffed, about 15 minutes. Serve.
nutrition information (per serving):
36, Fat Calories
320, Saturated Fat
10, Monounsaturated Fat
75, Polyunsaturated Fat
Photo: Scott Phillips