Recipe courtesy of Emeril Lagasse
Total:
1 hr 55 min
Prep:
20 min
Inactive:
45 min
Cook:
50 min
Yield:
10 servings
Level:
Intermediate

Ingredients

  • 2 cups mashed ripe bananas, about 4 small
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup chopped walnuts, toasted
  • 8 cups day-old white bread, such as French or Italian, cut into 1-inch cubes (toast if fresh)
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • Buttery Rum Sauce, recipe follows
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • Pinch freshly grated nutmeg
  • Pinch salt
  • 5 tablespoons banana liqueur
  • Whipped Cream, for garnish
  • Fresh mint sprigs, for garnish
Buttery Rum Sauce:
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 egg yolks, beaten lightly
  • 1/3 to 1/2 cup rum, to taste

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Lightly grease a 9 by 13-inch baking dish with 1 tablespoon of the butter and set aside.

Place the cubed bread in a large mixing bowl. In a small saucepan, melt 4 tablespoons of the butter over medium heat and pour the butter over the bread cubes. Using a rubber spatula, toss to evenly distribute the butter.

Combine the cream, milk, eggs, brown sugar, granulated sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, and banana liqueur in a medium mixing bowl, whisking to combine. Pour the cream mixture over the bread cubes and stir to combine. Let sit for 30 for 45 minutes, or until the bread is soft and has absorbed most of the liquid.

Stir in the mashed bananas and walnuts. Pour the mixture into prepared dish and bake, uncovered, for 45 to 50 minutes, until the top is golden brown and crispy and the pudding is firm in the center. Prepare the Buttery Rum Sauce while the pudding is baking.

Remove the pudding from the oven and cool on a wire rack for 15 minutes before serving. Serve warm with Buttery Rum Sauce and whipped cream, if desired.

Buttery Rum Sauce:

In a heavy, nonreactive saucepan combine all ingredients except the rum and cook over medium-low heat, whisking constantly, until the sauce is thickened and coats the back of a spoon. Remove from the heat immediately; do not allow the sauce to boil. Add the rum, stir to combine, and allow to cool slightly. Serve warm with Banana Walnut Bread Pudding. (The sauce can be made up to 1 week in advance and stored, refrigerated, in an airtight container. Warm gently before serving.)

IDEAS YOU'LL LOVE

Banana Walnut Bread Pudding

Recipe courtesy of Kelsey Nixon

Chocolate Banana Bread Pudding

Recipe courtesy of Zoe Francois

Bananas Foster Bread Pudding

White Chocolate Banana Bread Pudding

Recipe courtesy of Emeril Lagasse

Back in Business Banana Bread Pudding

Banana Pudding

Recipe courtesy of Tiffani Thiessen

Banana Bread

Bananas Foster Bread Pudding with Vanilla Ice Cream and Caramel Sauce

Recipe courtesy of No Author

Cooking Tips

How to Poach Eggs Perfectly

Watch videos from Cooking Channel shows and chefs. Learn to prepare feature recipes and relive your favorite moments

On TV

7am | 6c
8am | 7c
9am | 8c

Unique Eats

10am | 9c

Unique Eats

10:30am | 9:30c

Unique Eats

11am | 10c

Unique Eats

11:30am | 10:30c

Unique Sweets

12pm | 11c

Unique Sweets

12:30pm | 11:30c

Unique Sweets

1pm | 12c

Unique Sweets

1:30pm | 12:30c

Unique Sweets

2:30pm | 1:30c

Top 5 Restaurants

7:30pm | 6:30c
On Tonight
On Tonight

Guilty Pleasures

8pm | 7c

Guilty Pleasures

8:30pm | 7:30c

Guilty Pleasures

9:30pm | 8:30c

Unwrapped 2.0

10pm | 9c

Unwrapped 2.0

10:30pm | 9:30c

Good Eats

11pm | 10c

Good Eats

11:30pm | 10:30c

Guilty Pleasures

12:30am | 11:30c

Guilty Pleasures

1:30am | 12:30c

Unwrapped 2.0

2:30am | 1:30c

Good Eats

3am | 2c

Good Eats

3:30am | 2:30c

So Much Pretty Food Here