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Category: Desserts

Caramel banana bread pudding

Caramel banana bread pudding
Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times

Dear SOS: I live in Chicago and often visit friends who live in Calabasas. My favorite restaurant there is Cafe 14 in Agoura Hills. I think my favorite dessert ever, and that of my friends, is their caramel banana bread ... Read more

Total time: 1 hour, 10 minutes plus soaking time for the pudding | Serves 8
Note: Adapted from Cafe 14. The restaurant serves the bread pudding with caramel sauce and whipped cream.
  • 1/4 pound (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 2 cups lightly packed (13 ounces) brown sugar
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Salt
  • 3 bananas (overripe is preferred), peeled and coarsely mashed
  • 6 cups diced croissants, from about 3 croissants diced into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 3 eggs

Step 1In a large, heavy-bottom saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Stir in the brown sugar and cook, stirring to dissolve. Stir in the cream, vanilla and a pinch of salt and gently bring the mixture to a boil, stirring frequently. When the mixture has come to a boil, remove from heat and set aside to cool.

Step 2While the caramel cream cools, toss the bananas and croissants in a large mixing bowl.

Step 3Whisk the eggs into the caramel cream to form a custard base, strain and then pour the custard base over the croissants and gently toss. Place the mixture in a greased 9-inch round cake pan or an 8-inch square baking dish. Set the mixture aside to soak for 1 hour. Meanwhile, heat the oven to 350 degrees.

Step 4Place the cake pan into a larger baking dish; fill the larger baking dish with enough boiling water to come up the side of the cake pan halfway to form a water bath.

Step 5Bake the bread pudding until puffed and set, about 45 minutes. Remove from the oven and water bath, and cool slightly before serving. For a crisp topping, place the cake pan under the broiler just until it begins to brown and crisp on top, about 1 to 3 minutes, depending on the broiler.

Each serving:
673 calories; 6 grams protein; 76 grams carbohydrates; 2 grams fiber; 40 grams fat; 24 grams saturated fat; 206 mg. cholesterol; 62 grams sugar; 243 mg. sodium.
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