CHOCOLATE COCONUT BREAD PUDDING
Kneaders Bakery & Cafe Restaurant Recipe
4-5 large croissants, day old
1/2 cup full-fat coconut milk, plus more for drizzling
3/4 cup half and half or heavy cream
1/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla (can add a drop or two of coconut extract if you want more coconut flavor)
1/2 cup semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips, plus more for sprinkling
1/2 cup shredded, sweetened coconut
shaved coconut for garnish, if desired
Spray a 9 inch or similar baking dish with cooking spray. Cut the croissants into chunks and place in prepared baking pan. Sprinkle 1/2 cup chocolate chips and 1/2 cup shredded coconut over the croissants. Shake the pan a little so they can distribute a little.
In a mixing bowl, whisk together milk, cream, eggs, sugar and vanilla. Pour over the top of croissants, pushing them down into the milk mixture a little bit to get them soaking it up. Let it stand about 10 to 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Bake in preheated oven about 25 to 30 minutes. While bread pudding is baking, put a handful of shaved coconut in a skillet and toast until lightly golden. Set aside.
When bread pudding is done cooking, remove from oven and sprinkle a small handful of chocolate chips over the top as well as the toasted coconut. Allow to cool. Serve warm with an extra drizzle of coconut milk, if desired.