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Bananas Foster Bread Pudding

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I have a rather brief history with bread pudding, having tried it for the first time only this past New Year’s Eve. But oh, I was in love. Perhaps it was the chocolate, the Grand Marnier, the freshly whipped cream, the raspberry coulis, or the combination of all those flavors in bite after sweet bite, but I was hooked. First things first, if you are anywhere near the Pittsburgh area and have never dined at Dish Osteria and Bar, located in the South Side a few blocks off of East Carson Street, you absolutely have to go there. They serve authentic Italian cuisine with a focus on Sicilian specialties, and the food is to die for.

When I originally made my Top 100 list of dishes I wanted to conquer in the kitchen, bread pudding made the list due to my inexperience in both eating and making it. While I would still like to tackle a “traditional” bread pudding (give me your best recipe!) I couldn’t resist this when I saw it. Bananas foster is an incredible dessert, and to have those flavors baked into a bread pudding seemed too sinful not to try.

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This is a very easy recipe to throw together, and requires nothing more than a large bowl and a whisk – no heavy duty mixing equipment needed. I know some people are hesitant to set alcohol on fire (I also have an aversion to fire), in which case I would either leave the rum out of the sauce, or stir in a half teaspoon or so of rum extract once the rest of the sauce is finished.

It’s been awhile, but this is another recipe that Annie and I decided to tackle together, and we both agreed that this bread pudding was fabulous. It certainly has me wanting to try new and different variations on bread pudding, although I’m pretty sure I won’t be able to top the chocolate bread pudding I had at Dish.

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Bananas Foster Bread Pudding

Yield: 4 to 6 servings

Prep Time: 1 hour

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 2 hours

Ingredients:

3 eggs
2 egg yolks
¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup ripe bananas, pureed or finely mashed (about 2 medium bananas)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup granulated sugar
½ cup light brown sugar, firmly packed
1¾ cups heavy cream
1 large French bread loaf (about 5-6 cups torn up)

For the Bananas Foster Sauce:
½ cup unsalted butter
½ cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/3 cup heavy cream
2 bananas, sliced
3 tablespoons rum

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 350°.

2. In a large bowl combine the eggs and egg yolks and whisk until frothy.

3. Add in nutmeg, cinnamon, banana puree, and vanilla extract. Whisk until fully incorporated.

4. Add granulated sugar and brown sugar, whisking until fully incorporated.

5. Add in cream and whisk until incorporated.

6. Add bread pieces to egg mixture. Miix with a spoon or spatula until the bread has absorbed most of the custard mixture.

7. Pour the mixture into an 8x8 baking dish. Let sit for 30 minutes.

8. Place bread pudding in a slightly larger pan and add about 1 inch of hot water to the larger pan to make a water bath.

9. Bake uncovered for approximately 1 hour, or until the custard is no longer runny. Serve warm with Bananas Foster Sauce.

1. To make the Bananas Foster Sauce: Heat a large skillet over low heat.

2. Add butter and brown sugar and cook, stirring constantly, just until sugar begins to melt into butter.

3. Add banana slices. Moving the skillet back and forth, cook for 1 minute.

4. Remove skillet from heat and add the rum. Return the pan to the stove and tilt the pan to ignite the rum.

5. After the alcohol burns off add the cream. Whisk to make sure it is fully incorporated.

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30 Responses to “Bananas Foster Bread Pudding”

  1. Elyse on March 2, 2009 at 9:16 pm

    Mmm, this looks so delicious! Talk about the ultimate comfort food. I could use a serious helping of this bread pudding right about, um, now!

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  2. Laurie on March 2, 2009 at 9:36 pm

    Michelle….this looks amazing!!!!
    I am definately going to attempt this one!

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  3. Jenny on March 3, 2009 at 8:01 am

    At first I didn’t even want to read this because I thought bread pudding always sounded gross. Then I saw the picture…the recipe looks really good! :)

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  4. Katie on March 3, 2009 at 8:38 am

    This looks so yummy! ANd I LOVE that you guys do blogging together, i think it’s so awesome!! What a great idea.

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  5. jessica on March 3, 2009 at 9:59 pm

    how perfect. i needed an anniversary dessert for TONIGHT, and i thought, ill just see what comes up on my google reader today, and this was there!! how perfect as any dessert with bananas and my husband is in heaven.

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  6. Chelle on March 3, 2009 at 11:24 pm

    KATIE — I miss your blog! I can’t wait for Lent to be over ;-)

    JESSICA — I hope you and your husband had a great anniversary and that you enjoyed the bread pudding!

    Reply

  7. Maria on March 4, 2009 at 9:31 am

    That looks so good! I love that it is easy too!!

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  8. Michel-lee on March 4, 2009 at 2:06 pm

    Michelle, I tagged you for a meme on my blog!

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  9. Todd M on March 4, 2009 at 9:15 pm

    Oh my gosh that looks good – I need to try that one.

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  10. Jessica on March 4, 2009 at 10:49 pm

    oh did we ever. and enough for seconds tonight!!!

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  11. Annie on March 6, 2009 at 12:36 pm

    Great pick! Yours looks gorgeous. I’m glad we’re back in the swing with baking together :)

    Reply

  12. brilynn on March 6, 2009 at 8:11 pm

    I don’t usually like bread pudding, but this looks awesome!

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  13. Kevin on March 6, 2009 at 9:53 pm

    This bread pudding sounds great!

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  14. Ashley on March 9, 2009 at 7:03 pm

    I’ve been wanting to tackle bread pudding too. I’ve had it a couple of times and never liked it but I figure they must be a good version out there somewhere. This looks like a great one for me to try! I’ve been obsessing over bananas foster recently.

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  15. Melanie on August 16, 2009 at 2:47 am

    This tastes exactly like the bananas foster bread pudding I had recently at a nice restaurant. So good! When I ate it, I thought to myself “I could make this”. Sure enough, thanks to you, I can!

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  16. Angie on November 28, 2010 at 9:25 pm

    Took this out of the oven a short while ago, just finished the Banana’s Foster Sauce and I am in Banana’s Foster Bread Pudding Heaven! I came across your website while searching the web for an authenic made from scratch banana pudding, using nilla wafers. Made the banana pudding this morning, it’s in the fridge…I have not tasted it, would rather have a 2nd small helping of this awesome Banana’s Foster Bread Pudding! hummm…

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    • Michelle on November 29th, 2010 at 8:03 pm

      You’re in pudding heaven! Glad to hear you’re enjoying everything!

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  17. Farah on February 8, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    This looks amazing!

    I was wondering, can I omit the rum? Can you tell me a substitue I can use instead.
    Thanks!!

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    • Michelle on February 14th, 2011 at 8:25 pm

      Hi Farah, You can definitely omit the rum. You could replace it with 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract.

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  18. Tipsy Skipper on March 21, 2011 at 6:31 pm

    Made this last night! DELICIOUS! Excellent recipe! And perfect for a Tipsy Skipper! I actually soaked raisins in rum overnight and added those to the recipe for an extra bit of rum goodness!! So glad I found this recipe! Thank you!

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  19. Gordon on October 20, 2011 at 11:46 am

    I like the final touch of the banana splits.

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  20. nora on December 8, 2011 at 8:36 am

    Kevin Dundon’s Bread and Butter Pudding is beyond devine…
    http://www.kevindundon.com/bread_and_butter_pudding.html. We had it first at a culinary demonstration he did at Disney World in 2010 and had the Pumpkin Spice Bread & Butter Pudding for dessert on Thanksgiving Day 2011 (at Raglan Road, again Walt Disney World).

    Reply

  21. Nynke on December 8, 2011 at 11:36 am

    So this is by far the best dessert I have ever made! The hubby absolutely loved it, and I am going to bring this to Christmas this year…

    Reply

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  25. Laura on June 29, 2013 at 1:48 am

    Made this last night for a dinner party with friends – I was to bring the dessert and I wanted to make something different. I live in Bulgaria and wasn’t sure how everyone would like it. I’m from New Orleans and adore bread pudding. After their first bite, my friends were in heaven. One said this is her new second favorite dessert – the first being banoffee pie, an English dessert. She wanted the recipe. It was amazing! Thank you for posting it!!

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  28. Tania on March 26, 2014 at 4:10 am

    OH MY GOD!!!
    bananas are my favourite fruit and i end up trying almost EVERY banana-recipe posted online but this pudding is just HEAVENLY!! the dish was wiped clean within 10 mins of serving…YUMM. this is next-level comfort food.. (especially when pmsing!!) ..God bless you for sharing this!!

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