You can’t go wrong with the classic combination of bananas, bread, and vanilla, and that’s exactly what you’re going to find in this easy banana bread pudding recipe. Perfect to have for breakfast or as a mid-day snack, this easy recipe takes just minutes to put together.
Scroll down and keep reading to discover all you need to know about recreating it in your kitchen.
Ingredients For the Recipe
You will need two sets of ingredients to make the banana bread pudding- all of which you probably already have in your pantry.
- Bread (cut into cubes): 6 slices
- Eggs: 4
- Cream: ½ cup
- Milk: 1 cup
- Sweetened condensed milk: ¼ cup
- Brown sugar: ¼ cup
- Vanilla essence: 1 tsp
- Cinnamon: ½ tsp
- Nutmeg: A pinch
- Salt: ½ tsp
- Bananas (chopped): 2
- Mixed Nuts (chopped): 1 cup
For the sauce
- Brown sugar: ½ cup
- Butter: 3 tbsps
- Vanilla essence: 1 tsp
- Milk: 2 tbsps
Kitchen Tools Needed
How to Make the Banana Bread Pudding
Once you have all your ingredients and kitchen tools ready, here’s what you need to do to make the pudding from scratch.
In a bowl, whisk together the eggs, cream, condensed milk, milk, vanilla essence, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt.
Next, add the bananas and nuts and mix well.
Add the bread cubes next into the whisked mixture and coat the bread pieces well.
Top it with some chopped nuts.
Keep it aside for 20 minutes.
Next, preheat the oven to 350F. Grease a baking tray with butter or oil.
Place the soaked bread cubes mixture on the tray and spread them evenly.
Bake for 45 minutes to an hour until you see the top become toasted.
For the sauce, heat the ingredients on a pan and keep stirring continuously to form a thick sauce.
Once the bread pudding is ready, remove it from the oven. Pour the sauce over the baked pudding.
Cut a slice of the pudding and serve.
Frequently Asked Questions
What Can I Use Instead of Brown Sugar?
Brown sugar lends a nice caramel-y flavor to the pudding, but if you don’t have it or are looking for an alternative, regular white sugar can work just as well. You can also use a natural sweetener of your choice- honey, maple syrup, or stevia.
Which Bread Should I Use For the Banana Bread Pudding?
You could use any kind of bread to make the pudding. French bread is actually the best choice, but you could also make do with leftover cinnamon rolls, brioche, challah, or any other artisan bread. This recipe is actually great to use up any stale bread that you might have- in fact, using bread that is a day or two old is highly recommended.
This is because fresh bread tends to fall apart after being soaked in the egg mixture, which can ruin the texture of the pudding. If you have fresh bread, you can lay it out on a surface and allow it to air dry for a while before using it for the recipe, or just toast it a bit in the oven before you use it for the recipe.
Can I Use Storebought Sauce?
The sauce for this pudding takes just a few minutes and four ingredients to put together, but if you’re looking to whip it up in a jiffy, you can just use any vanilla or caramel flavored storebought sauce instead. And if you prefer a bit of chocolate in the pudding, you could use chocolate sauce too!
What Other Toppings Can I Add?
The mixed nuts thrown into the pudding add a lot of texture and crunch, but if you’re looking for more, you can also try out a lot of other toppings. Chocolate chips, for instance, are a classic that you can never go wrong with. You could also use caramel chips or add some crushed cookies into the mixture.
For some extra gooeyness, you can throw in some marshmallows before you pop the pudding into the oven.
How Do I Store the Leftovers?
Your leftover banana bread pudding can be refrigerated for up to 5 days. Just remember to transfer it to an airtight container or cover the dish in cling film before you pop it in, to preserve its freshness and textural integrity.
Tips to Make the Banana Bread Pudding
Think you’re all covered and ready to give the recipe a shot? Keep these additional tips and tricks in mind to make sure you nail it!
- Use firm, ripe bananas for the recipe- preferably the ones that have just started to turn brown. Using overripe bananas will cause them to disintegrate and not hold their shape after being cooked in the oven.
- Make sure you get the pudding out of the oven when it is almost cooked. Overcooking will cause the pudding to harden and eventually become dry.
- Remember to let the banana bread pudding sit on the wire rack to cool down for at least 20-30 minutes before you serve. This will help the pudding firm up in the residual heat, and get to the exact texture you want it to.
- You can also cover the baking dish with foil to keep condensation from getting into the pudding.
- For some extra caramel-y goodness, throw some more chopped bananas into the assembled pudding right before you put it into the oven- this will give the bananas a chance to caramelize and give you that dreamy taste you’re looking for.
- To make the pudding in a jiffy, you can prep and assemble everything in a dish at night and bake it the next morning.
How Do I Serve the Pudding?
The classic banana bread pudding tastes best when served fresh out of the oven- warm and gooey. You can cut out portions and serve them, or just dig into the dish with a spoon- whatever works for you.
You can also team the pudding with some whipped cream or vanilla ice cream, or just serve it cold. If you’re not topping the pudding with the sauce, you can just dust a bit of icing sugar on the top, right before you serve.
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Ingredients for Banana Puding
- 6 slices Bread (cut into cubes)
- 4 pcs Eggs
- ½ cup Cream
- 1 cup Milk
- ¼ cup Sweetened condensed milk
- ¼ cup Brown sugar
- 1 tsp Vanilla essence
- ½ tsp Cinnamon
- 1 pinch Nutmeg
- ½ tsp Salt
- 2 pcs Bananas (chopped)
- 1 cup Mixed Nuts (chopped)
Ingredients for the sauce
- ½ cup Brown sugar
- 3 tbsp Butter
- 1 tsp Vanilla essence
- 2 tbsp Milk
- In a bowl, whisk together the eggs, cream, condensed milk, milk, vanilla essence, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt.6 slices Bread, 4 pcs Eggs, ½ cup Cream, 1 cup Milk, ¼ cup Sweetened condensed milk, ¼ cup Brown sugar, 1 tsp Vanilla essence, ½ tsp Cinnamon, 1 pinch Nutmeg, ½ tsp Salt, ½ cup Brown sugar
- Next, add the bananas and nuts and mix well.2 pcs Bananas, 1 cup Mixed Nuts
- Add the bread cubes next into the whisked mixture and coat the bread pieces well.
- Top it with some chopped nuts.
- Keep it aside for 20 minutes.
- Next, preheat the oven to 350F. Grease a baking tray with butter or oil.3 tbsp Butter
- Place the soaked bread cubes mixture on the tray and spread them evenly.
- Bake for 45 minutes to an hour until you see the top become toasted.
- For the sauce, heat the ingredients on a pan and keep stirring continuously to form a thick sauce.1 tsp Vanilla essence, 2 tbsp Milk
- Once the bread pudding is ready, remove it from the oven. Pour the sauce over the baked pudding.
- Cut a slice of the pudding and serve.