Banana Bread Pudding with Chocolate-Grand Marnier Sauce

This is a spectacular version of humble bread pudding. Homemade banana bread makes it extra sweet while the Chocolate-Grand Marnier Sauce adds sophistication.

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  • Makes: 12 servings
  • Prep: 30 mins
  • Bake: 45 mins 325°F
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Banana Bread Pudding with Chocolate-Grand Marnier Sauce
Ingredients
1
loaf Banana Bread (1/2 recipe, see recipe below)
1
cup snipped dried figs or dates
4
beaten eggs
2
cups milk
1/4
cup sugar
3
tablespoons margarine or butter, melted
2
teaspoons vanilla
1/2
teaspoon ground cardamom
1
Recipe Recipe Chocolate-Grand Marnier Sauce (see recipe below)
Directions
  1. Prepare Banana Bread. Or, if frozen, thaw one loaf at room temperature about 1 hour. Cut bread into 1/2-inch cubes (should have about 6 cups). Place bread cubes in a 2-quart rectangular baking dish. Add figs or dates; toss gently to mix. In a large mixing bowl beat together eggs, milk, sugar, melted margarine or butter, vanilla, and cardamom. Pour over bread mixture. Bake in a 325 degree F oven for 45 to 50 minutes or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool slightly.
  2. To serve, spoon warm bread pudding into individual dessert dishes. Spoon warm Chocolate-Grand Marnier Sauce over pudding. Makes 12 servings.
From the Test Kitchen

Up to 1 month ahead, prepare Banana Bread. Place each loaf in a freezer bag and freeze. Let thaw at room temperature for 1 hour before using.

Chocolate-Grand Marnier Sauce
Ingredients
6
ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
3/4
cup whipping cream
1/3
cup sugar
2
tablespoons Grand Marnier, amaretto, or other liquor
Directions
  1. Heat and stir semisweet chocolate in a heavy saucepan over low heat just until melted. Stir in whipping cream, sugar, and Grand Marnier, amaretto, or other liqueur. Cook and stir over medium-low heat about 3 minutes or until mixture just boils around edges. Remove from heat. Cover and cool slightly.
Banana Bread
Ingredients
1
cup sugar
2
teaspoons baking powder
1/2
teaspoon baking soda
1/4
teaspoon salt
1
cup mashed banana (about 2 to 3)
1/2
cup margarine or butter, softened
3
tablespoons milk
2
eggs
1
cup walnuts, chopped & toasted
Directions
  1. In a large mixing bowl combine 1 cup flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add mashed ripe banana (2 to 3 medium bananas), margarine or butter, softened, and milk. Beat with an electric mixer on low speed until blended. Beat on high speed for 2 minutes. Add eggs and 1 cup flour; beat until blended. Stir in chopped toasted walnuts.
  2. Pour into two greased 8x4x2-inch loaf pans. Bake in a 350 degree F oven for 50 to 60 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted near the centers comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes. Remove from pans; cool thoroughly on wire racks.
Nutrition Facts (Banana Bread Pudding with Chocolate-Grand Marnier Sauce)
    Per serving:
  • 427 kcal cal.,
  • 23 g fat
  • (9 g sat. fat,
  • 112 mg chol.,
  • 213 mg sodium,
  • 52 g carb.,
  • 3 g fiber,
  • 8 g pro.
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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