Chocolate Bread Custard Recipe

Chocolate Bread Custard Recipe from Womans Day Magazine - 1941

This Chocolate Bread Custard recipe comes to us from all the way back in 1941.

With all the talk these days of needing to save money, especially after that last market disaster, it’s always fun to see items from the past like this one. It looks like thriftiness has always been “in”, no matter what generation you belong to. Even more fun is seeing how store brands used to not really look like store brands.
This can of evaporated milk looks just as fancy as any of those red and white cans you see at every store. If I did not read everything that there was in the ad, I may have never even guessed that it was for a store branded product.

But now onto the recipe, Chocolate Bread Custard.

Looking over the recipe, it seems like it is simple enough to make, and looks like it may even be pretty tasty. I did do a little searching, and found another site that had made this exact recipe, Retro Recipe Attempts. You can read everything they had to say about it by clicking right here!

In short, it was good, but not without it’s nagging issues.

After reading their site, and looking at their photos; I started thinking about another recipe that I had seen recently. It was on a site called Flavorite, and the recipe was for Chocolate Cobbler (You can see their recipe by clicking right here). Here is what theirs looked like:

Chocolate Bread Custard Recipe from Womans Day Magazine - 1941

See, now that and the one from Retro Recipe Attempts look oh so similar. Even looking over both recipes, there is a lot of the same things going on. This just makes me want to try them both! If you try either recipe (), let us know what your thoughts on them are in the comments section below!

Chocolate Bread Custard Recipe

Chocolate Bread Custard Recipe


  • 1/2 cup cocoa
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  1. Blend cocoa, sugar and salt; add water, stir until blended and bring to a boil. Add butter, evaporated milk, water and bread crumbs; heat. Pour over eggs and vanilla. Bake in buttered casserole, set in pan of hot water, in moderate oven, 375° F., for 45 minutes or until set. 4 servings.

This recipe comes from the May 1941 issue of ‘Woman’s Day’ magazine, and was scanned by Classic Film.

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