Banana Raisin Bread Pudding

Today was supposed to be an outdoorsy day for me. I wanted to be outside in the garden getting it ready for winter, but it was just so rainy and bitterly cold today that I stayed inside cleaning and cooking. The boys were away hiking and fishing and came back early after a miserable day. When they announced that they were coming back early and hungry I wanted to put together some filling comfort food quickly.

I threw together some farfalle (bowtie) pasta with browned sausage meat and browned ground beef and basil tomato sauce with lots of cheese to fill them up.

I have lots of leftover bananas (and they are a little tired of my banana bread) and loads of leftover bread to use up – including raisin bread. For an easy comfort food dessert I made a Banana Raisin Bread Pudding. I modified a recipe from Kraft foods, with a little bit of advice from Martha Stewart (she has a recipe as well).

Lightly grease or spray a 9″ by 13″ baking dish. Cube enough bread to loosely fill the dish. For this dish, if you can use brioche bread or buns, and raisin bread – but if you don’t have any of those – that’s OK – white bread will do, it’s just not quite as fancy. I slice the bread into 1 to 1 1/2 inch cubes. I used 6 slices of raisin bread, one large brioche hot dog bun, and half a loaf of sliced french loaf.

Assorted cubed bread to fill 13″ by 9″ dish

Whisk together:

2 1/2 cups milk

1 tsp vanilla

2 tbsp white sugar

4 eggs

1 box Instant Vanilla Pudding mix

Whisk together eggs, milk, vanilla, sugar and vanilla pudding mix

Pour the mixture over the bread – making sure to stir to coat all of the bread pieces.

Sprinkle 1/2 cup raisins over the top

Slice 3 to 4 bananas and spread over the top

Uncooked banana raisin bread pudding

Bake for 35 minutes in Preheated 350 degree oven

Banana Raisin Bread Pudding in the oven

The boys loved it – with Whipped Cream or Vanilla Ice Cream. It’s so easy, and I love that I don’t have to make it exactly the same way each time.

Banana Raisin Bread Pudding with whipped cream

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