Banana Bread Pudding Recipe

A delightful twist on classic bread pudding, this recipe combines ripe bananas and a rich, custardy base to create a comforting and delicious dessert.

Ingredients

  • 4 cups cubed day-old bread (preferably brioche or challah)
  • 3 ripe bananas, sliced
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 4 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)
  • 1/4 cup melted butter

Instructions

  1. Preheat the Oven:
  • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease a 9×13-inch baking dish with butter or non-stick spray.
  1. Prepare the Bread and Bananas:
  • Place the cubed bread and sliced bananas in the prepared baking dish, spreading them evenly.
  1. Make the Custard:
  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the milk, heavy cream, eggs, sugar, vanilla extract, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt until well combined.
  1. Combine and Soak:
  • Pour the custard mixture over the bread and bananas in the baking dish. Gently press down on the bread cubes to ensure they soak up the custard. Let it sit for about 15 minutes to fully absorb.
  1. Add Nuts and Butter:
  • If using, sprinkle the chopped walnuts or pecans over the top. Drizzle the melted butter evenly over the entire dish.
  1. Bake:
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 45-50 minutes, or until the top is golden brown and the custard is set. A knife inserted into the center should come out clean.
  1. Cool and Serve:
  • Allow the banana bread pudding to cool slightly before serving. It can be served warm or at room temperature.
  1. Optional Toppings:
  • Serve with a dollop of whipped cream, a scoop of vanilla ice cream, or a drizzle of caramel sauce for extra indulgence.

Enjoy your homemade banana bread pudding!

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