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This banana french toast bread pudding recipe is a sweet combo of two delicious dishes. Great for breakfast or a side, it's a dish you won't want to miss!
For me, there are certain foods that immediately take me down memory lane. Most of them involve our travels and it's always fun to relive a little bit of our trip when I indulge in these dishes again.
Key lime and stone crab reminds me of the Florida Keys. Certain fried chicken smells remind me of Six Flags. Really good cheesecake reminds me of New York and funnel cakes remind me of the Santa Monica pier.
But my favorite food-related memory?
Stuffed banana french toast.
This was one of the first dishes we had when we went to Jamaica to get married. And I was so excited to have it every day at our all-inclusive. Except they only had it that one day. So sad.
But over the years, I recreated it. And every time, I thought back to how much fun we had at our wedding and during our honeymoon.
With the weather cooling down though, I wanted to try a new twist on it and shake up one of my favorite fall recipes: bread pudding. Put them both together and you have a magical mash-up of banana french toast bread pudding.
And it is sweet, gooey bliss in a pan.
One of the reasons I give the banana french toast bread pudding a slight edge over stuffed banana french toast is the fact that it's so easy to put together the day before. Make it ahead of time and just cut a piece the next morning, pop it in the microwave for a minute or so, drizzle with some maple syrup and bam! Just as good as straight from the oven.
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I already mentioned how delicious this banana french toast bread pudding is leftover so that’s a plus. But it’s also craaaaazy easy to make. Toast some bread, combine a handful of ingredients, toss together, put it in a dish and bake.
Then eat the whole pan by yourself because it’s so good. Just kidding. Kind of. You probably won’t want to share though. Or you’ll just need to double or quadruple the recipe so you can indulge in a whole batch by yourself.
Banana French Toast Bread Pudding
- 8-9 oz Brioche Bread Cubed
- 1 Cup Milk
- 1 Cup Heavy Cream
- 2 Eggs
- 1/2 Cup Maple Syrup
- 1 Tsp Vanilla
- 1/4 Tsp Salt
- 1 Cup Pecans Chopped
- 1 Cup Banana Sliced
- 1 Tsp Cinnamon
- 1 Tsp Nutmeg
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Toast the cubed bread on a cookie sheet until dry and slightly brown (about 10-15 minutes.)
In a large bowl, whisk together the milk, heavy cream, salt, vanilla, eggs, maple syrup, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Add in the bananas and stir.
Add the toasted bread to the mixture once it's done and toss.
Pour the mixture into a buttered 9x9 pan and spread out evenly. Top with pecans.
Bake until the top starts to brown and the liquid is mostly absorbed (about 30 minutes.) Let cool for 10 minutes. Serve with maple syrup (optional.)
Bread pudding truly is a favorite fall dish of mine. Adding in the flavors of stuffed banana french toast really stepped it up a notch though.
We’ll be making this banana french toast bread pudding all fall and winter long, I’m sure. I hope you’ll try it during one of these seasons, too!
What are some of your favorite food-related memories?
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