Bacon Bananas Foster Bread Pudding
Sweet, salty, and savory all in one! This easy bread pudding adds bananas and bacon for a truly unique and crowd pleasing dessert!
For Bread Pudding
- 1 Loaf Challah or Brioche Bread
- 6 Large Eggs
- 1 ½ Cups Whole Milk
- ½ Cup Half and Half
- ¾ Cup Dark Brown Sugar
- ½ Cup White Sugar
- 2 tsp Vanilla
- 1 tsp Cinnamon
- 1 tsp Nutmeg
- 1 Pinch Salt
- ½ Pound Bacon Cooked and diced
- 3 Large Bananas
- 2 Tbs Spiced Rum I used Bacardi Oakheart
For Bananas Foster Sauce
- 6 Tbs Unsalted Butter
- 1 ½ Cups Brown Sugar
- 6 Tbs Spiced Rum
- ¾ tsp Cinnamon
- ½ tsp Nutmeg
- 1 Pinch Salt
For the Bread Pudding
Butter your baking pan and dust with granulated sugar. Cube the bread and toss with diced bacon.1
Fill your pan with the bread and bacon mixture. You may not use the whole loaf, but the bread should fill the pan to the top and be packed enough that the bread isn't squashed, but there are as few spaces between the cubes as possible.
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, half and half, sugars and spices until smooth. Pour over the bread in the pan. Use a spatula to gently press the bread into the egg mixture to moisten. Let sit for 30 minutes.
For the Bananas Foster Sauce
Melt the butter in a skillet over medium heat.
In a separate bowl whisk together brown sugar and spices. Add to melted butter in pan and whisk until smooth and sugar is dissolved about 3 to 5 minutes (mixture will be thick).
Carefully and slowly add rum to the pan while whisking. Sauce will bubble vigorously. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes until smooth. Remove from heat and let cook slightly.
To Finish and Bake
Preheat oven to 350°F.
Brush 2 Tbs of rum over top of pudding for added flavor (optional). Slice bananas lengthwise and place on top of pudding, and drizzle with half of sauce, reserving the rest for garnish.
Bake for 50 to 60 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through to ensure even cooking. Pudding is ready when edges are puffed and toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Serve warm drizzled with reserved sauce (and maybe some ice cream!).
- You can also slice the bananas and mix them into the bread/bacon mixture instead of baking them on top of the pudding.