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Banana Bread Pudding with Chocolate-Grand Marnier Sauce

Makes: 12 servings
Prep 30 mins Bake 325°F 45 mins
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.

Nutrition Facts (Banana Bread Pudding with Chocolate-Grand Marnier Sauce)
  • Servings Per Recipe 12,
  • cal. (kcal) 427,
  • Fat, total (g) 23,
  • chol. (mg) 112,
  • sat. fat (g) 9,
  • carb. (g) 52,
  • fiber (g) 3,
  • pro. (g) 8,
  • vit. A (RE) 216,
  • vit. C (mg) 1,
  • sodium (mg) 213,
  • calcium (mg) 111,
  • iron (mg) 2,
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
Banana Bread

Yield: 2 loaves
Ingredients
  • 2  cups  all-purpose flour
  • 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)
  • Servings Per Recipe 12,
  • cal. (kcal) 427,
  • Fat, total (g) 23,
  • chol. (mg) 112,
  • sat. fat (g) 9,
  • carb. (g) 52,
  • fiber (g) 3,
  • pro. (g) 8,
  • vit. A (RE) 216,
  • vit. C (mg) 1,
  • sodium (mg) 213,
  • calcium (mg) 111,
  • iron (mg) 2,
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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