This delicious Croissant Bread Pudding has all of the flavors of the classic Baklava but offers half the work! It is moist with little bursts of crunch from the nuts and the whipped topping is so good! This is a fun addition to any bread pudding lover's repetoire. I hope you will enjoy it! —Antigoni Sander McCloud
Cut the 6 of the croisssants in 1" cubes, place on a baking sheet and toast in the center of the oven for about 20 minutes, tossing every few minutes so that all sides get a bit crispy, but not hard. Remove from the oven and let cool for 10 minutes on the baking sheet and then place in a large mixing bowl.
In a medium sized bowl mix together the: eggs, half and half, orange zest, almond extract, vanilla extract, salt, sugar, 1 tablespoon of cinnamon and allspice. Pour this custard over the croissant cubes, coating them all. Next add 1/2 cup of the almonds slivers and 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts, gently folding them into the mix. Let this all soak together in the bowl for about 30 minutes.
Grease a 9 X 13 sized baking dish with butter and pour the bread pudding mixture into it. Next take the remaining croissant and rip it into uneven pieces and press them into the top of the pudding mixture. Scatter the remaining almonds and walnuts over the pudding, drizzle the melted butter over the top and sprinkle with a combination of 1 tablespoon cinnamon and 1 tablespoon of granulated sugar.
Place the baking dish in the center of your 350 degree oven. The baking time will take between 40 to 50 minutes, depending on how deep your baking dish is. You are looking for the final pudding to be a little bit jiggly, yet firm, with no liquid from the eggs remaining. If you are afraid that your pudding is taking too long and will get too dark on top, loosely cover it with foil for a portion of the baking time.
When the pudding is done, remove it from the oven and place it on a cooling rack. Let it cool for at least 30 minutes before serving it. This is so delicious warm, so if you are not serving it right away, gently heat it up in the oven before you do. Before serving top it with Lemon-Honey Whipped Cream and a few more chopped nuts!!
Lemon-Honey Whipped Topping
Using an electric mixer beat the heaving whipping cream and the honey together until stiff peaks form.
In a separate bowl mix together the yogurt, almond extract, lemon juice and lemon zest. Fold this mixture into the whipped cream. This can be made ahead of time and refrigerated until ready to serve.