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Banana Brioche Bread Pudding
© Lucy Schaeffer

Banana Brioche Bread Pudding

  • ACTIVE: 40 MIN
  • TOTAL TIME: 2 HRS
  • SERVINGS: 12
  • MAKE-AHEAD
  1. 1 cup plus 3 tablespoons sugar, plus more for the baking dish
  2. 2 cups milk
  3. 2 cups heavy cream
  4. 1 pound brioche, crusts trimmed, bread cut into 3-inch chunks
  5. 2 sticks ( 1/2 pound) unsalted butter, softened
  6. 8 large egg yolks, at room temperature
  7. 3 very ripe large bananas, mashed
  8. 4 large egg whites, at room temperature
  9. 1 cup best-quality store-bought fudge sauce, plus more for serving
  10. Butterscotch sauce, for serving
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°. Butter a 4-quart glass or ceramic baking dish and coat with sugar, tapping out any excess.
  2. In a saucepan, combine the milk with the cream and bring just to a simmer. Put the brioche in a large bowl, pour the milk evenly over it and let stand until nearly absorbed, stirring once or twice.
  3. In a medium bowl, beat the butter until creamy. Add 1 cup of the sugar; beat until fluffy. Beat in the egg yolks, 1 at a time. Fold the mixture into the soaked brioche, then stir in the bananas.
  4. In a clean bowl, whip the egg whites to soft peaks. Gradually add 2 tablespoons of the sugar and beat until the whites are stiff and glossy, about 2 minutes. Fold the whites into the pudding.
  5. Transfer the pudding to the prepared baking dish; smooth the surface. Dollop spoonfuls of the fudge sauce over the top and swirl it into the pudding. Sprinkle the top with the remaining 1 tablespoon of sugar. Set the baking dish in a large roasting pan and add enough hot water to reach two-thirds of the way up the side. Bake for 1 hour, or until the pudding is set and the top is brown.
  6. Cool the pudding slightly in the water. Transfer to a rack to cool for 15 minutes. Serve with fudge and butterscotch sauce.