Let me tell you all a little story about a dessert that changed my life.  One which, and I’m not kidding about this, made Rob cry the first time we devoured enjoyed it.

I’ve always been a fan of bread pudding.  Rarely has it steered me wrong.  But Rob? Not such a fan.  He’s a texture person.  And to him, the idea of “bread” and “pudding” don’t go together.

I understand this, from an intellectual point of view.  Sorta.

But during our last trip to Walt Disney World, there was no way he wasn’t trying it.  See, we had the extreme good fortune of scoring a reservation at ‘Ohana, at The Polynesian Resort.  For those of you who don’t know, it’s a challenge to get in there unless you reserve, literally, 5 – 6 months in advance.

The most famous item on ‘Ohana’s hugely popular menu?  The Bananas Foster Bread Pudding.

It is rightly famous.  This bread pudding is unlike anything else I’ve ever tasted.  Sweet but not too sweet.  Lots of eggs = lots of richness.  It’s fairly simple, yet delicious.  I used pineapple bread (another ‘Ohana recipe) but you can use regular bread and add the pineapple and coconut.

Then there’s the sauce.

The pudding’s good but the secret’s in the sauce.  Oh boy is it ever.

Don’t be afraid to make the sauce yourself.  I had never made a caramel sauce prior to this but found that as long as I kept it to a low boil, I was okay.  Don’t boil it too hard or I imagine you’ll quickly end up with a burned sauce.  You want a nice thick coating on your spoon – and it’ll thicken up more as it cools.

Be careful tasting it.  It’s very hot when it’s cooking.  Not that I know that from experience.

So you have a nice, warm hunk of bread pudding.  You add some banana slices and a scoop of vanilla ice cream which immediately starts to melt and get all drippy.

But then? You slowly pour some rich, golden goodness over top.  It melts the ice cream and invades every nook and cranny of the pudding.  Together the individual components become a symphony.  One which you’ll want to last forever and ever.

But no good thing lasts forever, so you may want to eventually stop eating.  As difficult as that may be.

*Note: The original recipe called for 1 cup – 1 CUP! – of rum.  Let me tell you, I followed it to the letter the first time and oh my fire-breathing lord.  I’m a big fan of rum but it was way too much.  I found that a splash or two is just enough – though you can always add more! ;)  


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  20 Responses to “Bananas Foster Bread Pudding”

  1. Dear Jen,
    Thank you for blessing me with this recipe today. I owe you my first born child.

  2. That bananas foster sauce sounds to die for! So delicious. :)

  3. OMGee! This looks and sounds delish. It is definitely a recipe that I will try. I will wait until I have guests of course, otherwise I’d be in a diabetic coma. Thanks so much for sharing!


  4. OH MY. I have ripe bananas. But no Challah bread. Or pineapple. Time for a trip to the store??

  5. I’m starving and THIS is the post I decide to read?? I hate you.

    Seriously, that looks amazing! And ‘Ohana? Awesomesauce.

  6. What a GREAT recipe. Would you come over to CAST PARTY WEDNESDAY and share this with us tomorrow?

    I hope to see you there!

  7. This looks fabulous! I will definitely be making this. I linked to you from Tuesdays Tasty Tidbits. Thanks!

  8. My husband will probably marry me all over again if I made this!

  9. Hi! I just came across your blog…I love it! Great photography!! I can’t wait to try this recipe! I am a newbie to blogging and your latest follower. I hope you will follow back! Many blessings to you!

  10. I didn’t think “too much rum” was a possibility! ;-) Just saw your link on Crazy Sweet Tuesdays and had to come check out this recipe. Bananas Foster and bread pudding?! Sounds heavenly!

  11. Wow-yum! My husband’s not a big bread pudding fan either, but I am. I will be making this.

  12. OMG I love bread pudding!! I must try this!! It looks amazing!!

  13. Oh,my. The photos of my bread pudding made my mouth water.

  14. Hi Jen! I’m literally drooling…looking a little too much like my choclate lab when she wants a treat! Thanks you so much for dropping by and for sharing your OVER-the-TOP, yummy recipe!

  15. I kind of wish I hadn’t read this because now I won’t be able to stop thinking about it until I try it. It looks DELICIOUS!

  16. Yum! This looks great! Thanks so much for linking up to Tuesday Talent Show! I would love to have you stop by and link up again tomorrow with more great projects!

  17. Oh my…. I LOVE bread pudding and do not understand why everyone in my house doesn’t like it!

    I may try this one just anyway. I think they’d like it if they gave it try!

  18. Hi this is Nicole from Colie’s Kitchen I just discovered your blog and wanted to drop by and say hi. I am now a new follower. I would love to have you stop by Colie’s Kitchen if you get a chance. http://www.colieskitchen.com

  19. Ummm…okay…I really, really need to get away from this blog. You are making me so hungry!

  20. Oh my wowzers! This sounds and looks absolutely heavenly!! TFS.

    Pinning on pinterest. :)


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