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Hazelnut Banana Bread Pudding

November 1, 2011

Not too long ago I faced a few aging bananas resting on my kitchen counter, & decided to make a good ole’ loaf of banana bread. The bread was good, hearty, & best after spending a few minutes in the toaster. But I made too much.

Then I got to thinking…how about making bread pudding with my leftover b bread?

What to do with old bananas: Round II. 

Bread pudding is a go-to favorite. The best versions tend to have raisins, (though this one doesn’t) & the most supreme batches are served warm. Since Banana Bread is a type of bread in it’s own right, why not replace the stale white bread with a naner-packed loaf?

Plus, it has fruit in it, so I’m thinking a slice is practically a must for good health. Agreed?

The results were good. Serve-at-a-dinner-party good. Eat-after-everyone-else-is-sleeping good.

A friend & I celebrated Halloween over a couple of slices hot-out-of-the-oven. All at once warm, banana-y, sweet, I’ll say Trick-or-Treating’s got nothing on this stuff.

{A Little History}

Bread Pudding has been a presidential favorite many a time. FDR, John Adams & John Tyler raved about the stuff. In fact, Martha Washington’s own Booke of Cookery & Booke of Sweetmeats has an entire section devoted to various puddings, and was a big fan of bread pudding herself. One suspects her husband felt similarly.

So eat presidentially and make your own! 


You’ll need:

About 3/4 loaf Banana Bread, cubed into 1 inch pieces

3/4 Cup Hazelnut Half & Half

1 3/4 Cup Milk

3/4 Cup sugar

3 eggs

1 tsp vanilla

1 tsp cinnamon

1 banana, chopped

Grease square baking pan (an 8 incher works great). Toast Banana Bread Pieces. Combine milk, half & half, sugar, eggs, vanilla, cinnamon. Place about half of the banana bread pieces in pan, cover with chopped bananas. Pour half of milk mixture. Top with remaining bread, & pour remaining milk mixture.

Bake at 350 degrees for about an hour. Serve hot!

Thanks for Stopping By!


One Comment leave one →
  1. Trish Shoemaker permalink
    November 1, 2011 9:06 pm

    OMG What are you trying to do make me fat for the holidays:) So Delicious!! You have time to do this while in school. You amaze me!

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