Strawberry Banana Bread Pudding

Today is Miss Yunks’ BF’s birthday! The celebration began over the weekend with a special brunch at home.

Inspired by Jacki’s White Chocolate Blueberry Bread Pudding, I decided to make my own bread pudding.  I always have some bananas in my freezer and I also had one fresh.  I know he likes strawberries with bananas and decided to experiment with Strawberry Banana Bread Pudding.   I thought about attempting a low fat bread pudding, and then I thought screw that – this is a birthday! Plus, this is my first bread pudding.  Now that I’ve tasted how good a full fat version is, I will cut back on the next one and see if I notice a difference.  After tasting, BF said this bread pudding is one of the best things that ever came out of my kitchen.  The only other time he’s made a comment like that is when I made these eggplant bruschetta toasts.  Yeah, I remember these things.

Ingredients

1 loaf challah bread, cut into chunks
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup whole milk
4 eggs
1 cup sugar
1 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
1-2 tblsp cinnamon
1-2 tsp nutmeg
1 tblsp brown sugar
2 bananas
1 package frozen halved strawberries (or fresh if they look good enough at your grocery store)
6 thin sliced of butter
extra brown sugar for sprinkling on top, about 1/4 cup

Directions

1.  Cut bread into chunks.  I had a very large loaf of challah so I used about 3/4 of it.  It was also a fresh loaf, not stale as it should be, so i put my chunks into the oven at 350 for a few minutes.  The bread started to toast so I removed the chunks.

2. Heat cream in sauce pan on stove
3. In mixing bowl, mix together milk, eggs, sugar, vanilla, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and brown sugar.  Add heated cream.
4. Spread bread chunks into a buttered baking dish.
5. Pour cream and milk mixture on top of bread and use fork to make sure each bread chunk is covered in liquid.

6. Cover dish with plastic wrap and keep in refrigerator overnight.
7. In the morning, defrost frozen strawberries and 1 frozen banana.  (Bananas keep in the freezer until you’re ready to bake with them.)  Slice 1 fresh banana.
8. In small mixing bowl, mix strawberries with their juice, 1 mashed banana (frozen bananas will be mushy after defrosting), and I also added in about 1/4 cup more milk and cream, and more sprinkles of cinnamon and nutmeg.
9. Drop the sliced banana into the soaked bread chunks and pour strawberry banana mixture over bread.  Mix around to well coat the bread.
10. Top with 6 evenly spaced thin slices of a stick of butter.  Sprinkle brown sugar over the butter.


11. Bake at 350 for about 50 minutes.

12. If desired, whip up some fresh whipped cream to serve on top of the bread pudding.

At this point my KitchenAid mixer fell apart.  The ring where the attachment is attached fell off.  Anyone know anything about fixing KitchenAids?

13. Serve and Enjoy!

You can use several different types of bread in a bread pudding, but challah works really well and I think brioche would work really well too.  Have fun experimenting with different flavors and add-ins, fruits and chocolate!  This Strawberry Banana Bread Pudding came out really well because of the overnight soaking and the different fruits.  The end result was very thick, pudding-like and full of strawberry and banana flavor.  BF doesn’t like desserts as a general rule and isn’t big on sweets, but I still feel like I should bake something for his birthday.  Luckily, he loved this bread pudding so feel free to bake this for the non-sweet-lover in your life, if you know any!

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9 Comments

  1. FreeFoodBoston
    Posted January 10, 2011 at 9:25 AM | Permalink

    Wow, this might be the tastiest looking thing I’ve ever seen on your blog. I loooove bread pudding. Challah is definitely the best.

  2. Michelle
    Posted January 10, 2011 at 9:26 AM | Permalink

    Yum, yum, and yum! The BF is one lucky guy!

  3. Jacki Mo
    Posted January 10, 2011 at 10:00 AM | Permalink

    Ahh that looks amazing! I’m so glad you were inspired by my post. I love experimenting with bread pudding, mostly because it always comes out tasting delicious. I have to try strawberries and banana next time!

  4. MelissaNibbles
    Posted January 10, 2011 at 11:01 AM | Permalink

    I never would think to add fruit to the pudding…not sure why, it just never occurred to me. Looks tasty!
    Happy birthday!

  5. Megan
    Posted January 10, 2011 at 1:22 PM | Permalink

    Happy birthday to your BF!

    Nothing fell off my KA, but I think it’s a bit misaligned now. If you get any good tips, about repairs, let me know! And good luck with yours.

  6. Lizzy
    Posted January 11, 2011 at 3:07 PM | Permalink

    OMG that looks awesome! I need to try it. And yes Challah is always the best! I’m taking a challah making class next week : )

  7. Amanda L.
    Posted January 13, 2011 at 9:06 PM | Permalink

    Whoever invented bread pudding is a genius. This looks fantastic!

  8. Jaime @ la vie...j'a
    Posted January 14, 2011 at 3:09 PM | Permalink

    I looove bread pudding. You know which resto has a good one? Beehive. Wonder if it’s still on the menu.

    PS: Black Swan was intense amazing lol. I was in shock for like a solid 2 hrs afterward… Natalie P should win the awards.

  9. Steven Gilkey
    Posted May 17, 2011 at 11:54 AM | Permalink

    Looks delicious! I think people who enjoy cobblers would really like this, too!

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