Welcome to the “best bread pudding my husband has ever had” 🙂 Roger is a bit of a bread pudding fanatic. When we were in India, the breakfast buffet had a croissant bread pudding that he fell in love with. Ever since then, I’ve wanted to reproduce it for him. But I also wanted something a little different for the Mexican cookbook, so I started thinking of what I could do that would make it delicious but also a little different.
Enter Tres Leches Croissant Bread Pudding–or the best bread pudding Roger says he has ever had. This is a very easy recipe–but it does require browning afterwards, and if you can let it sit for a while instead of devouring it hot, it tastes much better. In fact, Roger and Alex (my son) both agreed it tasted much better the second day. See the yummy browned top? I got this from broiling it. Otherwise it looks a little pasty on top. The Instant Pot imparts a light and fluffy texture to this, and since we’re using croissants and not bread the whole thing has a light texture, unlike heavy bread puddings.
So the steps for this recipe are:
- Blend wet ingredients and cinnamon
- Soak croissant cubes
- Cook at HP for 20 mins, 10 mins NPR, broil with sugar for 5-8 minutes.
- 4 cups croissants cut into cubes
- 2 large eggs
- 5 ounce evaporated milk
- 5 ounce condensed milk (i used the evaporated milk can to measure)
- 10 ounce whole milk ( I filled the evaporated milk can twice)
- 1-2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1/4 cup sugar
- Additional cinnamon to sprinkle
Place croissant cubes into a large mixing bowl.
Whisk together the eggs, evaporated milk, condensed milk, whole milk and cinnamon.
Pour over the croissant cubes and let them soak for about 10-15 minutes until the bread no longer looks dry.
Pour into a 7-inch springform pan and cover the pan with foil.
Place 2 cups of water into your Instant Pot and place a trivet on top. Place the foil-covered pan on the trivet.
Set your Instant Pot on High pressure for 20 minutes, and when finished, allow it to release pressure naturally for 10 mins, and then release all remaining pressure.
Turn on your oven broiler.
Remove the foil from the pudding, sprinkle with ground cinnamon, and evenly spread the sugar on the pudding.
Broil on high for 5-8 minutes. Let it cool for about 20-30 minutes and then cut into slices to serve.