A few weeks ago I while I was visiting the blog, Annie's Eats I saw that she had made Bananas Foster Bread Pudding and that the recipe had won her over. She says in her post that she hadn't been a fan of bread pudding prior to that recipe. Already a fan of it I was excited to give the recipe a try.
I was not disappointed. The bread pudding was excellent and the Foster's sauce was even better. The sauce is one that could be made over and over again to serve with other desserts. I had some left over and topped some vanilla ice cream with it. The kids loved it as well as the bread pudding. I would make this again especially the Foster's sauce! Speaking of making again a few of you asked it I would make again the "sugar cookie" cake from my previous post. YES, I would! Sorry I didn't make that clear. Hope those of you with a love for sugar cookies or just of cake give it a try.
I did have one issue with the recipe. The amount of "custard" to bread was off. I had more custard than I needed for the amount of bread used. Unfortunately I didn't realize it until I had added all of the bread (6 cups). I let my bread soak longer, in hopes that it soak up more of the excess custard. I would have added more bread but I used up all I had. Not being overly bothered by the extra custard I went ahead and spooned it all into my ramekins and souffle dish and baked for the 50 minute. While the taste of the extra custard was fine the texture was not really smooth. It was kind of curdly due I'm certain to the mashed bananas (It might help the texture to puree the bananas in a blender or food processor) but again it didn't effect the taste as the scrapped clean dish can attest!
I baked my bread pudding in six small ramekins and one medium sized souffle dish. Thinking and looking back at the photos I should have whipped up some heavy cream to top it all with, duh! Not only would it have added to the overall photo it would have tasted great along with the bread pudding. I just never think of those "touches" at the time. :(
Baseball update: We had a double header this past Saturday and won both games. The exciting part was I had, on the spur of the moment planned a BBQ for the team. Thankfully everything went well. Seems everyone was pleased how it turned out and we have decided to do it again this Saturday during another double header. I did bake for it but didn't get any photos. Maybe next time and to be quite frank while they were tasy they were not anything special.
Books: I'm starting to read Bliss by O.Z. Livaneli. I am actually reading with my friend Wendy and we started to day. While I was a B&N with Wendy I also picked up a copy of the Food Lover's Companion. It's a great reference book. Yes, you can go on the Internet and get the same info but I'm old school and like looking it up in the book. I also like the convenience of having it by my side. :-) Okay, you listening? I'm having my first giveaway! One of the items I'm giving away is the book Food Lover's Companion and the other is Martha Stewart's Cupcakes. I'll be pre-ordering you a copy. It is due to be released on June 2nd. Details soon to follow!