Banana Bread Pudding

If you’re not up to making a traditional Christmas figgy pudding perhaps try this bread pudding. It was originally made for a potluck beach barbeque on Mopelia and has since always been a winner aboard Mahina Tiare at numerous dinner parties.

1 baguette - sliced and buttered
6 bananas
1 cup chocolate chips
½ cup dried cranberries
1 tablespoon lemon juice
6 cups milk
4 eggs
¾ cup honey and/or brown sugar
½ cup rum
1 teaspoon vanilla
¼ teaspoon each of nutmeg, cinnamon and ground ginger

    Slice bananas and mix with lemon juice. Butter a large baking dish or line it with baking paper. Layer bread in dish followed with a layer of bananas, chocolate chips and cranberries. Continue layering bread, fruit and chocolate, ending with bread. Beat together milk, eggs, honey, rum, vanilla and spices, pour over bread. Bake 45 minutes at 325º until egg has set. Serve hot or cold with whipped cream. Serves 10.


A recipe from Amanda Swan Neal