The Kitchn: Got extra bananas? Make this decadent banana bread pudding
Banana bread pudding is a delectable new way to use up slightly ripened bananas and day-old bread. As an alternative to your go-to quick bread, this custard-based recipe — with all of the same flavors as its namesake — is an excellent brunch or dessert option for using up aging bananas. Although it is exceptional on its own, a warm rum toffee sauce makes it even more decadent.
Why is stale bread better for bread pudding?
Using leftover French bread gives the custard a chance to settle into the nooks and crannies of the bread. It also helps to avoid a soggy mess.
Tips for making banana bread pudding
Do you serve bread pudding hot or cold?
Bread pudding is best served warm — especially if you’re thinking of topping it with a cold scoop of ice cream. I usually allow it to cool for 15 minutes before scooping and serving. To reheat leftover bread pudding, heat your serving in the microwave for 15 seconds on high heat.
Banana Bread Pudding Recipe
For the banana bread pudding:
1/2 stick (4 tablespoons) unsalted butter, divided