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Banana Bread Pudding

When I visited my grandmother in summer, I always looked forward to the comforting banana bread pudding she'd make. With its crusty golden top, custard-like inside and smooth vanilla sauce, this pudding is a real homespun dessert. Now I make it for my grandchildren. —Mary Detweiler, Middlefield, Ohio
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Bake: 40 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings

Ingredients

  • 4 cups cubed day-old French or sourdough bread (1-in. pieces)
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sliced firm bananas (1/4-inch pieces)
  • SAUCE:
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 1/4 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

  • Place the bread cubes in a greased 2-qt. casserole; pour butter over top and toss to coat. In a medium bowl, lightly beat eggs; add milk, sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Stir in bananas.
  • Pour over bread cubes and stir to coat. Bake, uncovered, at 375° for about 40 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Meanwhile, for sauce, melt butter in a small saucepan. Combine sugar and cornstarch; add to butter. Stir in milk and corn syrup. Cook and stir over medium heat until the mixture comes to a full boil. Boil for 1 minute. Remove from the heat; stir in the vanilla. Serve warm sauce over warm pudding.

Banana Bread Pudding Tips

Do you refrigerate banana bread pudding?

Yes, you should refrigerate banana bread pudding. Because this is a traditional custard made with eggs and milk, leftovers should be covered with plastic wrap or foil and refrigerated.

What other toppings can you add to this recipe?

To switch up this recipe, drizzle on some caramel sauce or melted Nutella. You can also sprinkle servings with mini chocolate chips or toffee brickle pieces.

How can I vary this banana bread pudding recipe?

Create a double banana bread pudding by swapping out the French or sourdough bread with cubed pieces of banana bread! Before assembly, make sure you toast the banana bread cubes by baking them in a single layer on a baking sheet at 350°F until they are dry. Or try cinnamon-raisin banana bread pudding (made in a slow cooker!), tropical bread pudding or roasted banana bread pudding.
Nutrition Facts
1 serving: 439 calories, 21g fat (12g saturated fat), 157mg cholesterol, 561mg sodium, 56g carbohydrate (38g sugars, 1g fiber), 9g protein.

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  • Don
    Sep 28, 2020

    Made this this morning. Used up a lot of bread that’s been hanging around for a while. Made a lemon sauce to go over it. Very tasty and fun to make.

  • Cindy
    Apr 29, 2019

    Made the pudding. I cannot find the ingredients and their measurements for the sauce. It states butter and sugar. But directions also state corn syrup, cornstarch, milk and vanilla

  • amehart
    Apr 19, 2018

    Made as the recipe stated and it was good, but definitely needed the very delicious sauce to make it really good. Without the sauce it just needed a little something more and I will play around with some additions, but with the sauce it's a keeper.

  • Robin
    Apr 15, 2018

    I loved this recipe! I made it with old odds and ends of bread I had in the fridge, and over ripe bananas I'd put in the freezer. I used a stick of butter, and mashed the bananas in the milk and egg mixture...my husband and I loved it. Thank you.

  • mcjensen
    Feb 24, 2018

    Excellent, and I made it without the sauce, added some extra banana some golden raisins about 1/2 cup and used evaporated milk with water to make up as I do not have fresh milk on hand. Despite my changes came out very yummy.

  • Gerard
    Feb 20, 2018

    No comment left

  • snmckey
    Aug 6, 2017

    Really good - will make again adding more bananas and maybe white chocolate chips. The sauce was delicious!

  • Kelli
    Nov 12, 2016

    THE BEST bread pudding!! I added extra bananas! This was my first attempt, but it will definitely not be my last!

  • destine
    Oct 16, 2016

    Very good - especially the sauce. I like that it doesn't take a full stick of butter because I don't like greasy, oily sauces.

  • BakerDeborah
    Feb 17, 2016

    Mmm...Yumm...