For about two days, I racked my brain for an amazing dessert that featured milk, but not cream or cream cheese. The answer came to me on a rainy drive home from work: bread pudding! Bread pudding is a decadent dessert that isn't too complicated to make and is easily enhanced by other ingredients and flavors. I conducted a super scientific poll (I asked my husband) and the verdict was clear--chocolate chips and bananas.
I trolled around online, comparing recipes and techniques, then wrote my own version. I gilded the lily a bit with the addition of a rich chocolate sauce. I did a dry run and knew immediately that I had a winner.
You should definitely check out the video of me playing television chef. (If it's before November 9, you can also vote for me or for any of the other contestants you like.) After you've done that, you should try it out yourself. Here's how:
6 cups egg bread (such as challah or brioche), cubed
3/4 cup chocolate chips
2 bananas, sliced
1 banana, mashed
1 cup sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 cups whole Lactaid milk
1 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup whole Lactaid milk
1/4 cup light corn syrup
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
- Place half of the bread in a 3-quart baking dish. Add half of the chocolate chips and all of the sliced banana. Top with remaining bread and chocolate chips.
- In a mixing bowl, beat eggs slightly. Add mashed banana, sugar, salt, and vanilla and blend well. Stir in Lactaid milk.
- Pour custard mixture over bread and allow to soak for 20-30 minutes. Bake for approximately 45 minutes, until puffed and just set.
As I mention in the video, it's great warm or cold. It also makes a reasonably legitimate breakfast. I may not be the Next Food Network Star, but that doesn't mean I have to act like it. Why don't you try doing something a little out of the norm? It's a sure-fire way to...
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