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coconut mango white chocolate bread pudding

I've mentioned that my family is very attached to the city of New Orleans and all that comes with it...food, music, architecture, people and culture.  One of our favorite food traditions when we visit is to stop in the Palace Cafe for their famous  White Chocolate Bread Pudding.  After one visit my stepfather decided to create his own version of one of our NOLA favorites.  We had it this year (and most years) for Christmas Day dessert.


Coconut Mango White Chocolate Bread Pudding


  • 2 tbsp melted butter

  • 4 large eggs

  • 3 cups unsweetened coconut milk

  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar

  • 1/2 cup rum

  • 1 tsp vanilla

  • 1 tsp ginger

  • 1 tsp cinnamon

  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg

  • 1-1/2 cups diced mango

  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut

  • 4 oz white chocolate

  • 6 cups cubed day-old crustless bread


  1. Melt white chocolate in coconut milk on stovetop over medium-low heat.  Set aside and allow to cool slightly.

  2. Whisk eggs and add to white chocolate mixture. (you want the white chocolate mixture to be cool enough so as not to scramble the eggs...)  Add all spices and whisk together.

  3. In large buttered baking dish combine the cubed bread, mango sliced and coconut.  Pour the chocolate mixture over the bread mixture and let soak for 30 minutes.

  4. Bake at 350* for one hour.  Serve with rum sauce.

Rum Sauce


  • 2 cups heavy cream

  • 1/2 cup rum

  • 1/3 cup sugar

  • 1/4 cup cornstarch


  1. Combine run, sugar and 1-1/2 cups of cream in medium saucepan.  Bring to a simmer and remove from the heat.

  2. Dissolve the cornstarch in the remaining 1/2 cup of cream.  Add to the rum mixture.

  3. Return to heat and simmer for 4 minutes.


You will probably need two medium-sized loaves of bread...Italian is what we typically use.  If you remove the bread from its packaging and sit out over night it will be sufficiently stale the next morning.  Remove all crust and cut into 1" cubes.



The recipe is really quite simple  and the combination of flavors is absolutely perfect.  I actually made this for my co-workers for breakfast once and they were very, very happy...



I hope that some of you will try it and let me know what you think!
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Reader Comments (11)

Can I get a loud "HOLY YUM" shout-out for that bread pudding, please??!?!!?! :-D

12.28.2008 | Unregistered CommenterVeggieGirl

I second VeggieGirl with a HOLY YUM!!!

12.28.2008 | Unregistered CommenterShelby

holy yum is right :) i'll defiantely take some!

12.28.2008 | Unregistered Commenterttfn300

i really like how the background of your pictures are blurry and the lighting is great. do you use no flash and just have great lighting in your house? and is your aperture really wide?

12.28.2008 | Unregistered Commenterelise

Can I third the HOLY YUM?! This looks absolutely amazing!!

I just caught up on all your holiday happenings ... I'm so glad you had such a lovely time with your family!

12.28.2008 | Unregistered Commenterrunningwithfood

[...] my recipes ← coconut mango white chocolate bread pudding [...]

Elise - Thank you! I try to use natural lighting whenever possible, I hate my evening pictures because they are always too golden. I just started breaking out my external flash (my camera doesn't have one built in) and that helps so I'm excited to experiment. My aperture is really wide (lower number) which gives the images the shallow depth of field (blurry background) but again I need to experiment because sometimes you want everything in focus and I just haven't taken the time to work out those settings yet... Email me if you have anymore questions! :)

Oh. My. God. Saving this. Coconut is my fav/ mango my husband, and I just (at the age of 25) discovered that I LOVE bread pudding. YUM. Great pictures!

01.4.2009 | Unregistered CommenterJust_Kelly

Joe brought it to a school potluck and it was amayyyyyzing!

03.8.2011 | Unregistered CommenterMarilyn S

This looks scrumptious! I'm definitely going to try it. Love bread pudding but this is the first tropical flavor I've seen so far. :-)

12.5.2012 | Unregistered CommenterLeeh

This looks scrumptious! I'm definitely going to try it. Love bread pudding but this is the first tropical flavor I've seen so far. :-)

12.5.2012 | Unregistered CommenterLeeh

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