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Dark Chocolate Banana Bread Pudding

>> Friday, January 15, 2010


This, my friends, is why I had to detox. I spent much of December gorging on goodies like this awesome bread pudding, steaks in rich sauces, chips and dips and all manner of unholy buttery treats. January is my time to get back on track but I still have to share this amazing dessert with those of you who are NOT subsisting on beet juice and smoothies. I made this gluten free but it's even easier for you gluten eaters out there. You start with a loaf of white bread. I made mine from a mix using my new baby, the breadmaker (If you can't eat wheat, I highly suggest investing in a breadmaker. It has truly changed my life.)

If you've never had bread pudding before, this is a great recipe to try for your first time. Traditionally bread pudding has raisins (nasty!) and nutmeg (blech!) This recipe has chocolate and bananas and is sooooo comforting and yummy. It's great hot out of the oven with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Ingredients:

- 4 Tbsp unsalted butter
- 4 eggs
- 1 cups milk
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup sugar
- big pinch of salt
- 14 ounces gluten free bread, preferably slightly stale, cut into 3/4"-1" cubes (about one loaf, cut it up and leave it out overnight to "stale" it up)
- 6.5 oz high quality, dark chocolate, roughly chopped
- 1 large or 2 small bananas, peeled and cut into small pieces (I cut the bananas into 1/4 inch round slices then halved each slice.)

Preheat oven to 350 F
Cut bread into chunks and fill a buttered large shallow baking dish, around 9" x 13"

Beat the eggs. Whisk in the milk, starting with just a little at a time until the eggs are well distributed. Whisk in the cream, vanilla extract, sugar, and salt. Chop chocolate into chunks.

Mix the chocolate and bananas into the custard mix.

Spread out the bread pieces evenly in the pan.

Pour the custard evenly over the bread and swish it around lightly, trying to get it to absorb without squashing the bread too much. Fill any spaces and make sure the bread chunks are in a single layer.

Push chocolate chunks and bananas into the cracks and spaces and make sure the bread has absorbed enough liquid.

Cover the pan with tin foil and cook until it reaches an internal temperature in the center of 185 F. Then remove foil and cook until edges turn golden brown. Mine took 40 minutes covered and 10 minutes to finish.

Let rest ten minutes and serve with whipped cream or ice cream.

Adapted from: http://herbivoracious.com

3 comments:

Sandy January 17, 2010 at 5:15:00 PM PST  

wow, this looks delicious!! i love how you documented every step with beautiful pictures! i just started up a new blog and hope to do the same thing!!

Christina Rodrigues January 19, 2010 at 7:36:00 PM PST  

oooooooo my gooodness! that looks so delicious! I want some now!

Callie Anne January 20, 2010 at 11:30:00 PM PST  

-Sandy, thank you for the kind words, your blog is lovely!
-Christina, you should try it! It's faster and easier than you might think!

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