Thursday, March 27, 2008

Banana-Walnut Bread Pudding with Vanilla Sauce

This is my submission for "Men Who Cook". I've posted about my bread pudding before but I thought I'd do something a little different with it this time. I have a certain fondness for this recipe since it's one of the first ones I came up with on my own when I was in college. In all these years I've always done it essentially the same way - straight up with cinnamon and raisins. After making this version though I'm not sure if I'll go back to the old recipe - I love the flavor and texture that bananas and walnuts bring to the party.

2 large very ripe bananas
3 c. soy milk
1 c. Silk creamer (or more soy milk)
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 c. + 1 Tbs. sugar
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/8 tsp. fresh grated nutmeg
1/8 tsp. ground cardamom
1 loaf of soft white bread (see note below)
1/2 c. chopped walnuts
1/2 c. dried cranberries

Mash bananas in a large bowl and add soy milk, creamer, vanilla, 1/2 c. sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and cardamom and mix well. Tear the whole loaf of bread into small pieces and mix it all into the wet ingredients as you go. You should end up with a stiff but moist batter. Fold in the cranberries and walnuts then spread the mixture in a greased 8" x 12" baking dish. Sprinkle the top with the remaining tablespoon of sugar and bake at 350° for 1 hour. After it cools, slice it into squares to serve.

Note: You may need to adjust the amount of soy milk depending on the size of your loaf of bread. For this recipe I used a large (24 oz.) sandwich loaf, but if your loaf is smaller use less soy milk and if it's larger use more. You may want to start with less soy milk and see how it goes. You want to have a fairly stiff batter but it should be moist. Kind of like this - notice that a spoon will stand up in it.

I also decided to jazz it up this time and make a simple sauce:

3 Tbs. Earth Balance margarine
1/4 c. brown sugar
1 vanilla bean
2 Tbs. Silk creamer

Heat margarine in a small saucepan over medium heat until it melts. Add brown sugar and stir until it's fully dissolved. Mix in the insides of the vanilla bean, then add the creamer and whisk until it's fully incorporated. Cook another minute or so then remove from heat. To serve, pour a spoonful or two over a piece of bread pudding and sprinkle with powdered sugar.


springsandwells said...

yum yum yum!!!
That looks so good! Musty says he doesn't know what to make me. Maybe I should just show him this entry!!

Darlene's a lucky girl! And your little boy will be so lucky to have such a neat dad who can cook up such delicious food. :)

Wheeler's Frozen Dessert said...

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funwithyourfood said...

I love that you have a "men who cook" club! It's adorable


Melisser; the Urban Housewife said...

Wow, that sounds awesome! I've been meaning to make bread pudding for ages now!

Caitlin said...

that looks delicious! The sauce is a great idea...maybe even marinating some baked peaches in I'm really hungry!bty

Chris said...

OK Emily... I left a comment. Now how about sending some of that tasty Wheeler's our way ;-)

Chelsea said...

Looks delicious! I'll be giving that recipe a try..
I tagged you! Details are here

Vegan_Noodle said...

Wow. I've only had bread pudding once, and I know enough to realize that must be seriously tasty.

Kumquat Peekapoo said...

I love your blog! The men who cook idea is great; my husband and I are taking a cooking class together this summer to help shatter the gender roles we find ourselves falling into.

This recipe looks divine.

VeggieGirl said...

What an AMAZING entry!! I'll take any of the leftovers, please ;0)

Sam said...

That looks amazing! I have had requests for bread pudding from my Veggie group, so I may just have to make it Thursday! Thanks for the inspiration!

Binx said...

Wow! I work in a bakery, and everytime I deal with bread pudding I think about whether it could possibly ever be veganized. This looks exatly like traditional bread pudding-- you have completely nailed the texture (from the look of it).

Kudos to you! Happy cooking/baking.