Banana and Chocolate Bread Pudding

Total Time:
1 hr 25 min
Prep:
35 min
Cook:
50 min

Yield:
6 servings

Ingredients
  • 2 pounds brioche loaf bread, crust removed and cubed
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh nutmeg, grated
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 6 to 8 (1-inch chunks) semisweet chocolate
  • Dark Rum Creme Anglaise, recipe follows
  • Dark Rum Creme Anglaise:
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 vanilla bean, split
  • 5 egg yolks
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup dark rum
Directions

Place bread into a bowl and drizzle with melted butter, mix well to coat.

In another bowl, whisk eggs, sugar, milk, nutmeg and vanilla together. In another bowl mash up 1 banana and add to custard, pour over the bread and allow to soak for 15 minutes. Dice up the other banana and fold into bread pudding mixture. Grease 6 (2 1/2-inch by 2?inch) tall ring mold and wrap the bottom with foil. Spoon bread pudding mixture into mold 1/2 way then press 1 chunk of chocolate into the center then continue to fill to the top. Bake in a 325 degree oven until it is set and brown, about 35 to 40 minutes. Serve with Dark Rum Creme Anglaise.

Dark Rum Creme Anglaise:

To a saucepan add milk, scrape vanilla bean seeds into milk and add the pod. Bring almost to a boil. Remove from heat and allow bean to infuse for 10 minutes, then remove the bean. In a bowl whisk egg yolks and sugar until thick and light in color, then temper with hot milk. Pour mixture back into the pot and gently stirring constantly with a wooden spoon until custard thickens slightly. Remove from heat and strain through a fine sieve into a bowl over ice. Stir in rum and cover tightly so skin does not form while it is cooling. Yield: approximately 2 cups


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