Banana Bread Pudding With Rum Sauce
2 c Milk
1 c Heavy (whipping) cream
1/2 c Sugar
3 Large egg yolks
1 Large egg
1 tb Vanilla extract
1 ts Freshly grated nutmeg
Pinch of salt
5 Slices (each 1/2 in thick)
fresh banana bread
3 Large bananas, cut into 1/4 -in. thick rounds
4 tb Unsalted butter (1/2 stick)
3 tb Dark brown sugar
2 tb Freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/2 c Rum
1/4 c Water
2 c Heavy whipping cream, whippe
-d to soft peaks
1. Generously butter a 12-cup ovenproof baking dish.
2. To make the custard, whisk the milk, cream, and sugar together in a large
bowl. Add the egg yolks and the whole egg one at a time, whisking well after
each addition. Whisk in the vanilla, nutmeg, and salt, and set aside.
3. Cut four slices of the banana bread vertically into 1-inch-wide fingers.
Arrange an even layer of bread fingers on the bottom of the prepared dish,
cutting and fitting them to cover the bottom. It is fine if they curve slightly
up the sides of the dish. Cover the bread slices with an even layer of banana
slices, and then pour enough custard over the bread and bananas to cover them.
Repeat the layers of bread and bananas. Cut the remaining slice of banana bread
into cubs, and sprinkle these over the bananas, press down slightly on the bread
cubes, and cover. Set aside for 30 minutes.
4. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350F.
5. Bake the pudding until it is almost solid through, about 45 minutes. Then
remove the cover and bake until the cubes of banana bread on the top are golden,
an additional 15 minutes. Remove the dish from the
oven and cool it on a wire rack.
6. While the bread pudding is cooling, make the sauce: Melt the butter
in a small saucepan over medium heat. Whisk in the brown sugar, lemon juice,
rum, and water, and bring to a rolling boil. Cook, whisking occasionally, until
the mixture begins to thicken and the sugar has dissolved, about 5 minutes.
Remove the sauce from the heat and transfer it to a serving pitcher. Serve along
with the slightly cooled banana bread pudding and whipped cream, if you like.
Source: "The Farm House Cookbook," Susan Herrmann Loomis, 1991.