Donna Bell's Bakeshop's Hummingbird Bread Pudding

Recipe courtesy Donna Bell's Bakeshop, 2012
Show: Unique Sweets Episode: Something Old, Something New
TOTAL TIME: 1 hr 35 min
Prep: 20 min
Inactive Prep: 30 min
Cook: 45 min
 
YIELD: 8 servings
LEVEL: Easy

ingredients

BREAD PUDDING:
  • Butter or nonstick cooking spray, for greasing
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 4 tablespoons vanilla extract
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 bananas, 1 mashed, 1 cut into small bites
  • 1 1/4 pounds crushed pineapple, drained
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • 1 cup pecans
  • 1/2 loaf French bread, cubed or torn into small pieces
CREAM CHEESE PECAN SAUCE:
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 3 tablespoons powdered sugar, plus extra if needed
  • 4 tablespoons milk, plus extra if needed
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup toasted crushed pecans, for sprinkling on top
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Directions

For the bread pudding: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a casserole pan with butter or cooking spray. Whisk together the eggs.Add the sugar and cinnamon. Mix in the smashed banana. Fold in the banana pieces, pineapple, coconut and pecans. Mix in the bread and let the mixture sit for 10 to 15 minutes, stirring after 5 to 10 minutes. Pour mixture into the pan and bake for about 45 minutes.

For the cream cheese pecan sauce: Meanwhile, whip the cream cheese with a spoon, then slowly add in the sugar until smooth. Mix in the milk and vanilla.

Let the bread pudding cool slightly, and then drizzle the cream cheese sauce over the warm cake. Top with the toasted pecans.

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  • on October 01, 2013

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    I seem to remember the episode that this recipe was featured in. I made this according to what I could remember of the show. I mixed the pineapple, pecans, coconut and banana together;(I added dried cranberries then I folded it into the bread. I didn't have half and half... end up using 1 1/2 c. 2% milk and 1 1/2c. heavy cream. I poured the custard over the bread mixture once I put it into a greased pan. (needed large lasagna pan for full recipe Baked as directed. Came out great!

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