Banana Bread Pudding

Monday, December 2, 2019 Food

Making a batch of banana bread pudding doesn’t get easier than this! The slow cooker creates a smooth and custardy texture. This version is rich with bananas, warm spices, and caramel sauce.

Banana Bread Pudding In The Slow Cooker

In the mood for some sweet and gooey Banana Bread Pudding? It’s the ultimate comfort food ! Bread pudding, usually baked in the oven, is a cinch to make at home when using a slow cooker. This version uses, Banana puree, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, and brown sugar flavor the bread pudding, and then finish it with a drizzle of homemade caramel sauce.

Making caramel sauce from scratch is so simple. (You Can use store bought if you like also)You’ll want to generously drizzle it on top of the pudding. Serve this Banana Bread Pudding with a big scoop of vanilla  ice cream that slowly melts on top of this warm dessert.

WHAT IS BREAD PUDDING?

Bread pudding is a combination of bread, custard, and spices.  I like it sweet.

Leftover or stale bread is used as the base of bread pudding to soak up the creamy custard. It transforms bland loaves into a rich, sweet,  spiced dessert.

This warm dessert  is typically baked to create a scuffle-like result in a large casserole pan or individual small pans. 

HOW DO YOU MAKE BREAD PUDDING IN THE SLOW COOKER?

When making banana bread pudding in the slow cooker, I start by toasting the bread cubes in the oven before adding them to the slow cooker insert.

The process only takes about 30 minutes. Toasting the cubed bread in the oven removes some of the excess moisture, which allows more of the sweet custard to be absorbed. This results in a creamy, rather than mushy, texture for the finished product.

The custard is a combination of eggs, half-and-half, granulated and brown sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. I add in a cup of ripe, mashed bananas; it adds a wonderful fruity flavor to the pudding.

The bread and custard are then soaked for at least an hour before cooking. The bread pudding can be cooked at either low or high setting, until the center puffs up and reaches about 175ºF.

WHAT IS THE BEST BREAD FOR BREAD PUDDING?

I recommend using brioche for bread pudding. The mixture of flour with eggs, butter, and sugar, provides a rich taste and dense crumb structure. When it absorbs the custard and is then cooked, the texture is smooth with a nice chew that doesn’t fall apart.

A brioche loaf or burger buns work great. Challah is a fabulous substitute; both are easy to find at most grocery stores. I usually purchase my bread from Trader Joe’s for this recipe.

 

DO YOU NEED TO REFRIGERATE BREAD PUDDING?

Keep the ceramic slow cooker insert in the refrigerator while the bread soaks in the custard.

When you’re ready to cook the pudding, take the insert out of the refrigerator, and let it sit at room temperature for 30 minutes before heating.

Once cooked, cool any leftovers to room temperature, then store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to five days.

THIS IS A GREAT CARAMEL SAUCE

One of my favorite easy-to-whip-up sauces is caramel. It only takes about 15 minutes to make! The rich toffee flavor elevates the sweetness of the bananas and spices in this bread pudding. I even add a little more cinnamon and salt toward the end to make this caramel sauce next-level delicious!

Tips for caramel-making success:

  • Use a larger pot than you think you’ll need. The sugar expands and bubbles when you add the heavy cream. Make sure your pot has room for expansion.
  • Do not step away from the stove while making caramel. It can go from caramel colored to burnt and bitter very quickly.
  • Carefully whisk in heavy cream and butter to finish the sauce, and it’s ready to go.
  • Your caramel will thicken as it cools down.

Easy ways to switch up this banana bread recipe:

  • Bananas can be omitted for a more classic bread pudding flavor.
  • Substitute one cup of applesauce or pumpkin puree to create harvest flavors.
  • Add whole fruit like blueberries, diced peaches, or raspberries.
  • Add dark chocolate chips to create a melty sauce swirled in the pudding.
  • Mix in chopped nuts like pecans, walnuts, or almonds.

PERFECT Sank Or Dessert !

It’s a perfect dessert. It takes 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 hours on high for this to cook.

Start cooking this about 90 minutes before you begin to prepare for dinner. The bread pudding will cook while you’re enjoying a long leisurely dinner with friends. When you’re about to wrap up your meal, dessert will be hot and ready!

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