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Bananas Foster Bread Pudding

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American, Canadian
Keyword: banana bread pudding recipe
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 55 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 10 servings
Energy: 535 kcal
Author: Jennifer

Brioche bread pudding with bananas and a warm rum caramel sauce.



  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbsp dark rum
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 7 cups brioche bread cubed
  • 6 bananas just ripe, peeled and cut into coins
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 Tbsp white sugar

Rum Caramel Sauce:

  • 5 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup dark rum
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt reduce if using salted butter
  • 1/4 cup whipping cream


  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, 1/4 cup brown sugar, vanilla, 1 Tbsp rum and 1 tsp kosher salt. Add the cubed bread and stir to coat. Set aside to soak.
  3. Peel and cut the bananas into coins. Place in a bowl and toss with juice of 1/2 lemon to coat.
  4. Butter a 2-quart baking dish and place it onto a baking sheet.
  5. Place about 2/3 of the sliced bananas on the bottom of the baking pan. Spoon 1/2 of the soaked bread overtop. Scatter the remaining sliced bananas over, then top with remaining soaked bread.
  6. Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes, then sprinkle top with 1 Tbsp white sugar. Continue baking until the pudding is puffed and golden on top, 20-30 minutes more.
  7. Meanwhile, make the rum caramel sauce. Melt the butter in a small saucepan, over medium heat. Add the 1/2 cup brown sugar, rum, salt and heavy cream and whisk to combine. Simmer sauce, whisking, until sauce has thickened, about 5-7 minutes. Keep warm.
  8. Serve the pudding warm, with some of the warm rum caramel sauce on top. Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream, if you like.

Recipe Notes

Be sure to read the "Cook's and Ingredient Notes" included with this post, where I share some valuable tips, options, substitutions and variations for this recipe!