From the Kitchen: Chocolate Hazelnut Bread Pudding

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A thick slice of decadent chocolate hazelnut bread pudding.

A slice of chocolate hazelnut bread pudding.

If Nutella on toast was part of your childhood, this recipe is for you! Bring back those early memories and ring in the New Year with my reinvented classic.

Ingredients:
1 pound Challah or Brioche bread, cut into half-inch cubes
1 cup bittersweet chocolate, chopped
1/2 cup chopped hazelnuts, toasted
8 large eggs
3 cups half and half
1 cup Nutella
1½ cups sugar
1/4 cup Frangelico
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
Pinch of salt

Preparation:
Combine the bread cubes, chocolate and hazelnuts in a 13-by-9-by-2 inch baking pan. Whisk eggs, half and half, Nutella, sugar, Frangelico, vanilla extract, almond extract, and salt in large bowl to blend. Pour over bread cubes. Let stand for 30 minutes while occasionally pressing bread into custard mixture.

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Bake until pudding is set in center, about 40 minutes. Cool slightly. Serve warm with fresh whipped cream or ice cream.

Serves 6-8