Banana Bread Pudding

Posted in FOOD
on September 27, 2016

Hi, Loves! I don’t know about you, but all of this decorating makes a girl hungry! 

If you’re new here, you should probably know that I’ve never met a cookie I didn’t like. I’ve talked about my love for cookies and other sweets at length numerous times. 

But, despite my love of sweets, I’ve never been entirely sure of the thought of bread pudding. I’ve not had a lot of bread pudding – it wasn’t a “thing” in my house. I just couldn’t get the whole stale bread becoming a dessert thing, especially when it was served on the soggy side. At least that’s how I felt until a recent side trip to Savannah, Georgia on our way home from a Disney World trip. 

We decided to check out a charming and highly regarded restaurant called The Pirates’ House. Built in 1734, it is the oldest building in Savannah, and is rumored to be haunted by the pirates that used to visit there. The dark wood and unique layout made a believer out of me! I’d go there just for the famous and epic pecan fried chicken. But, that’s not what changed my mind about bread pudding. What changed my mind about bread pudding was that in addition to the fried chicken they also served something called Banana Bread Pudding which just sounded A.MAZ.ING. 

How can something with banana bread in it be anything else but A.MAZ?ING? I bet that banana bread pudding would have been just short of heaven sent if I’d been able to taste it. Probably equally as good as my favorite strawberry pie

Unfortunately, I’ll not know until the next time I’m in Savannah because they were out. Talk about taking the wind out of my sails! 

I’ve been thinking about banana bread pudding since August and I just can’t get it out of my head. 

Something had to be done. Something like making my version of Banana Bread Pudding for example. One with a warm, salted caramel sauce perhaps? Yes. 

I had already waited for so long that I wasn’t up for waiting for a loaf of banana bread to bake, so I used store-bought. I also didn’t bake my french bread, although I could if I wanted to. Still, it was A.MAZ.ING just like I knew it would be. 

So, I love bread pudding now, and I totally get it. Especially with ice cream. Trust me, after this, you will, too! 



Banana Bread Pudding with Salted Caramel Sauce  

Pudding Ingredients: 

3 cups (1-inch) cubed French bread
2 cups (1-inch) cubed Banana bread
2 cups of milk
2/3 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons rum or rum extract
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
6 large eggs
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
2 large bananas, sliced 

Sauce Ingredients:
3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
3 tablespoons rum or rum extract
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
6 tablespoons half-and-half, divided
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
Cooking spray

1. Preheat oven to 350°.

2. Arrange bread cubes in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake at 350° for 8-10 minutes or until lightly toasted.
3. Combine milk and next 7 ingredients (through eggs) in a large bowl; stir with a whisk. Add bread cubes. Let stand 20 minutes, occasionally pressing on bread to soak up milk.
4. To prepare sauce, combine brown sugar, 3 tablespoons rum, and butter in a small saucepan over medium-high heat; bring to a boil. Simmer 2 minutes or until sugar dissolves, stirring frequently. Stir in 5 tablespoons half-and-half; simmer 10 minutes or until reduced to about 1 cup. Remove pan from heat. Stir in remaining 1 tablespoon half-and-half, 1 teaspoon vanilla, and 1/8 teaspoon salt. Keep warm.
5. Spoon half of bread mixture into a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan coated with cooking spray. Evenly sprinkle half of the banana slices over the bread mixture. Drizzle 3 tablespoons sauce over bread mixture. Spoon remaining half of bread mixture over sauce, followed by the remainder of the banana slices. Top with chopped walnuts. Bake at 350° for 45 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Serve warm sauce with bread pudding.
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Looking for more comfort desserts? Check these out! 
Apple Pie Cake
Old Fashioned Rice Pudding with Rum Sauce
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2 Comments

  • Robin Lewis

    This does sound a.maz.ing! I would be so bummed that the restaurant was out of it! This will definitely get added to my list of must try recipes!

    September 27, 2016 at 4:54 pm Reply
  • Agy Lee

    I've always wondered what to do with leftover banana bread, so this looks like a great way to put the waste to good use! Plus I absolutely love pudding 🙂

    October 3, 2016 at 2:43 am Reply
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