ISo Banana bread pudding

lulu1957March 4, 2014

Hi: We recently came back from a trip to a spa in Alberta. While we were there we were treated to the best tasting desert \i remember having. It was banana bread pudding with caramel sauce in the centre and over the ice cream on top. It was to die for! I have looked, but nothing seems to sound like it. I think the bread was lightly flavored with banana and may have had dates mixed in as the colour was failry dark. There was no pieces of banana to see or taste in it.

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grainlady_ks

Was the bread a yeast bread or a quick bread? There are recipes for Yeasted Banana Bread (including some recipes with dried fruit in them - more like a banana-flavored raisin bread - King Arthur has a Sandwich Banana Bread recipe). There are also recipes for Banana Bread Pudding with Caramel Sauce. Perhaps with a little more searching you can "marry" two recipes to get a copy-cat recipe.

I've made bread pudding using an over-baked loaf of banana bread that was too dry. Too bad I wouldn't have thought about adding the caramel sauce..... :-)

My go-to recipe:
Palm Sugar Caramel Sauce
(2 servings)
1/4 c. palm sugar
1 T. half & half
1/2 T. Lyle's Golden Syrup

Cook and stir 2-3 minutes in a small pan (or in a small bowl in the microwave for 1-2 minutes) until smooth and caramel color. Add chopped pecans, if desired. [I pour this over chopped fresh apple bits and top it with granola.]

-Grainlady

    Bookmark   March 4, 2014 at 4:11PM
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lulu1957

Thanks. Yes, : think you may be right. Something was different, and I don't think it was regular yeast bread. The sauce looks perfect. I'm in Canada and have never seen palm sugar. May in a health food store. Are there any substitutions?

    Bookmark   March 4, 2014 at 5:15PM
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lulu1957

What do you think of this. Could I cut it to incorporate the caramel?

BANANA NUT BREAD PUDDING
3 lg. ripe bananas
1 c. milk
1 pkg. yeast
1 tbsp. salt
1 c. pecans, chopped
1 c. whole wheat pastry flour
1 c. apple juice concentrate
1 c. unbleached flour
1/3 c. honey
1/2 c. chopped dates
1 tsp. vanilla
Warm milk; add yeast and salt. Set 10 minutes. In another bowl, mix honey, dates, vanilla, flours, juice. Then add mashed bananas and nuts. Mix. Add to yeast mixture. Pour into coated 9 x 11 inch pan. Let stand for 1 hour. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes.
Servings: 8.

    Bookmark   March 4, 2014 at 7:22PM
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grainlady_ks

Palm sugar - also goes by the name coconut sugar and coconut palm sugar. I've been using it for several years now because it's low-glycemic (doesn't raise blood sugar) and still works like sugar in baked goods (unlike stevia and chemical sweeteners). I've always ordered it on-line, and only recently have I seen it in the natural food section of the grocery store here in the middle of Nowhere Kansas.

You could use dark brown sugar, maple sugar, or a natural sugar like turbinado, but you'll miss a flavor you don't get with other sugars.

I also had an afterthought... Does the spa serve banana muffins, and could the day old muffins be the bread base for the dish?

-Grainlady

    Bookmark   March 5, 2014 at 9:38AM
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