Crockpot Tiramisu Bread Pudding

Crockpot Tiramisu Bread Pudding | Cookie Monster Cooking

Well, we’re at the end of Crocktoberfest.  And I’m a little sad.  I’ve gotten into saying the word Crocktoberfest.  It makes me crack up every time.  The little things that amuse me, I tell you.

So to finish the week out right, we are talking about dessert today.  And honestly, before Crocktoberfest, I never actually thought to use my crockpot to make dessert.  I debated for a long time about what I wanted to make and finally settled on this bread pudding.

And please don’t judge this dish by its looks.  *Side note – can we talk about how the weather has been horrible for over a week now, making it almost impossible to get good lighting for photos??  I have a bone to pick with you mother nature.*  But seriously, even with good lighting, bread pudding isn’t exactly a looker.

Crockpot Tiramisu Bread Pudding | Cookie Monster Cooking

But, I do promise that this dessert is worth making.  The bread is soaked in an espresso-Kahlua mixture and the dish is finished off with a creamy mascarpone topping and a light dusting of cocoa powder – so reminiscent of tiramisu.  I could eat that topping all by itself with a spoon.  Which may have happened.

So just like during the rest of Crocktoberfest, I’ve teamed up with some of my friends to bring you 9 other awesome dessert recipes to check out.  And if you love using your crockpot then be sure to check out #crocktoberfest2013 on facebook, twitter, and instagram to find all the delicious recipes that were shared this week.

Pumpkin Rice Pudding from Around My Family Table
Crock Pot Baked Apples from Eat Drink Love
Crock Pot Pumpkin Coffee Cake from A Night Owl
Slow Cooker Moist Chocolate & Caramel Cake from 365 Days of Crockpot
Crock Pot Tapioca Pudding from Juanita’s Cocina
Cherry Cobbler in the Slow Cooker from Curry & Comfort
Caramelized Apples in the Slow Cooker from Peanut Butter and Peppers
Crock Pot Rocky Road Chocolate Cake from White Lights on Wednesday
Fudgy Peanut Butter Cake from Pink Cake Plate


Crockpot Tiramisu Bread Pudding
Yield: about 8 servings
For the bread pudding:
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon espresso powder*
  • 2 tablespoons Kahlua
  • 1 ½ cups whole milk
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 5 large eggs
  • 8 cups cubed (1-inch pieces) french bread
For the topping:
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • ⅓ cup mascarpone cheese
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • unsweetened cocoa, for dusting
  1. To make the bread pudding - generously spray your crockpot with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a small saucepan, add the water, sugar and espresso powder. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium high heat, stirring until the sugar dissolves. Once boiling, remove from the heat. Stir in the Kahlua. Set aside and let cool for about 15 minutes.
  3. In a large bowl, add the milk, cream and eggs. Whisk until well combined. Add in the cooled espresso mixture, whisking to combine. Add in the bread cubes and mix until all the bread is coated with the mixture.
  4. Transfer the mixture to the prepared crockpot. Cover and cook on low for about 2 hours or until set.
  5. To make the topping – add the cream, mascarpone, sugar and vanilla to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Beat on high until thickened (and some peaks form - it won’t be as stiff as whipped cream).
  6. To serve - scoop the bread pudding into bowls. Add a generous dollop of the topping and then dust with the cocoa powder.
*Espresso powder is an ingredient you can’t usually find at your regular grocery store. You can buy it online or at specialty stores like Sur La Table, Williams and Sonoma, etc.

Adapted from Cooking Light.


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  1. says

    Desserts in crock pots always blow my mind. I’ve never tried it, but it’s definitely on my to-do list. This could be the perfect thing to try! I’m all about some tiramisu. And things with Kahlua in them. :)

  2. Christin@SpicySouthernKitchen says

    This has to be one of the most fabulous things I have seen! I love bread pudding and tiramisu and mascarpone cheese is one of my favorite things ever!

  3. says

    Hi Ashley! I never would have thought to use my crock pot for dessert either. I’m now so eager to try…and this recipe will have to be my first! Thank you for sharing! Looks so good!

  4. Jo @ The Contented Baker says

    A dessert in a Crockpot – genius! This sounds utterly delicious. I have so enjoyed Crocktoberfest this week Ashley. Thank you for broadening my culinary horizons :-)

  5. says

    I have never tried making dessert in the crockpot – what a great idea :) Hehe, I really enjoyed Crocktoberfest too and loved discovering all these new recipes. Hubby and I adore tiramisu cake but I have to admit that I probably only make it once a year for him since I find assembling the cake takes up quite a bit of time. This tiramisu bread pudding sounds perfect and looks incredible! Love love love that it can be made in the crockpot too :) Thanks for sharing Ashley and hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  6. says

    Crocktoberfest is kind of funny to say! It’s pretty neat to see all of things you can make in a crockpot too. I love bread pudding and I think this looks beautiful! Mother Nature didn’t hurt your pictures one bit. (p.s. white balance is my enemy)

  7. says

    I love that you made this with regular bread, rather than ladyfingers. Sometimes I have a hankering for tiramisu, but don’t want to try to track down ladyfingers in our grocery story (for whatever reason, our grocery stores don’t seem to be arranged in a way that is intuitive to me). Also, making this in the crockpot seems like a great idea. Sometimes it can be difficult to make dessert if your oven is already full with whatever you’re making for dinner. Crockpot to the rescue!

  8. says

    It looks great to me! I’ve never worked up the nerve to make dessert in a slow cooker (not that I have much practice at all with my slow-cooker!) but I think bread pudding is a great choice. Crocktoberfest was definitely fun! Have a great weekend.

  9. says

    Tiramisu + Bread Pudding + Crockpot…ummm yes please! And I think your pictures look fabulous still. But I hear ya, nothing is more frustrating than lack of light when you need it.

    • Ashley says

      Thanks Nicole! It drives me bonkers : ) Usually it’s just a day here or there of rain or really bad clouds which I can handle … but the last week and a half have been awful!

  10. says

    Oh my GOSH that looks good. I have been craving tiramisu lately (weird craving, I know) and bread pudding is like the most comforting dessert, ever. I’m curious what the lighting is going to be like here in the winter. I have an artificial light set up that I’ve only used once, but it would be nice not to have to use it.

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