“Day-old bread tossed with dark chocolate chips and sliced almonds is baked in a vanilla-almond flavored custard.”


  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted

  • 12 slices day-old bread, cut into 1-inch cubes

  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips, or to taste (optional)

  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds, or to taste (optional)

  • 8 eggs, beaten

  • 3 cups milk

  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar

  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

  • 2 teaspoons almond extract

  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Pour melted butter over bread cubes in a 9×13-inch baking dish; toss to coat. Stir chocolate chips and almonds into bread mixture.
  3. Whisk eggs, milk, sugar, cinnamon, vanilla extract, almond extract, and nutmeg in a bowl; pour over bread mixture, lightly pressing bread with a spatula until egg mixture is absorbed.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven until the top of the bread pudding springs back when lightly pressed, about 45 minutes.