Started as a frugal cook’s, way of using stale, left over bread, bread pudding now shows up on the dessert menu of upscale restaurants and is featured amongst gourmet food. Known as a poor man’s food in the 13th century in England, this dish has travelled a long way to get featured amongst the top notch desserts. Any dish made with bread is welcome in our home. Bread pudding with its multiple options are preferred for weekend breakfast with some fruit couli or reduction.
Its always a fascination for me to try out different versions of this dish. Umpteen options can be made in different combinations and permutations. Earlier, I had posted overnight bread pudding and steamed bread pudding on my website, which happens to be one of the most accepted recipe of my website. This time it is apple, banana and raisins which have captured my fantasy. Raisins are often used in traditional English bread Puddings. I love raisins in any form.
I often use milk bread for the bread dishes, since it is the most tastiest of the all. With the addition of milk, eggs, flavorings like vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, the bread is blended with these flavors and disperses an aroma which transports you to a bakers world. Highlight of this dish is the caramelized banana and apple which add a spot on taste to the whole baked pudding. Raisins elevates it further to a another level creating flavors overloaded and can be tasted in every mouthful.
I used home made caramel for sauteeing the bananas and apples. Saute the apples in butter till golden and then add the caramel and coat it thoroughly. The crispiness of the apple and the over powering banana taste, all get blended with the bread, egg mixture. Cream can be repalced with milk or you can use half and half of both. One of the easiest dessert or brekkie which can be whizzed up in pretty good time giving end product to relish forever.
Heat a pan. Add butter and let it melt. Spread it and add the diced apples. Saute till slightly browned. Add the caramel and combine with apples. Simmer for couple of minutes
Add the sliced bananas. Mix up homogeneously with apple and caramel.
Cook till browned and thick. Transfer to a baking dish smeared with butter and spread it out to form a layer.
Add the eggs, milk, cream, cinnamon, vanilla and nutmeg into a mixing bowl. Whisk up everything lightly. Add the teared bread pieces, mix up everything till well combined. Soak the bread in the egg milk mixture.
Rest for half an hour.
Pour the bread mixture over the layered apple and banana caramel.
Smoothen it up. Bake in a preheated oven at 200 degree centigrade for 20 minutes
Serve hot or cold with the sauce/cream of your choice or as such.