Banana bread and butter pudding18

Posted on July 10, 2009 by ChristieSweet Treats, Vegetarian

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[The pudding before it went into the oven]

A clever way to use up odds and ends.

I hate wasting food. I hope you hate it too.

Tonight I’ve got 2 over-ripe bananas in the fruit bowl and no baking ingredients in the cupboard. Not even flour. Or vanilla extract. When I say none, I mean none.

I’m in my rented Barcelona apartment without the luxury of my overstuffed pantry treasure-trove. I’ve got to get back to basics (ie. nothing!).

But hang on, I’ve got some things… stale bread, eggs, sugar – are you thinking what I’m thinking? Yep. Bread and butter pudding. With banana. (And a few spare nuts and raisins). Yeah, it’s kinda weird, but beggars can’t be choosers (or wasters).

Behold an extremely bare-bones bread and butter pudding flavoured with ripe banana. These ones were so soft I mashed them into the custard rather than slicing and it turned out beautifully. I hope you enjoy it.

Don’t be wasteful ;) Christie x

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Banana bread and butter pudding recipe

serves 4 (Convert measurements here)

butter for greasing
3 large eggs
250ml pouring cream
2 ripe bananas, mashed to a puree
8-10 slices bread (any kind, at least a day old).
handful of walnuts and raisins (optional)
demerara or brown sugar, to taste (I used about 1 tablespoon)

1. Preheat the oven to 180C (350F) and grease a baking dish really well with butter.

2. Whisk together the eggs, cream and mashed banana in a large bowl. Dip a slice of bread into the custard until fully soaked and then place into the baking dish. Repeat with remaining bread overlapping the slices slightly. Pour the leftover custard over the pudding.

3. Scatter the walnuts and raisins, if using, over the top of the pudding. Sprinkle an even layer of sugar and let it sit for 10 minutes. Bake until golden and cooked through (about 20 minutes). Serve with vanilla ice cream if you like.

You like fruit? Try these:

Pink grapefruit and sparkling water drink (GF, V, VG)
Free form fig and hazelnut tart (V)
Pomegranate granita w/ lychee and gin (GF, V, VG)




  • I hate wasting food too! I used to be very wasteful but made a conscious effort not to be. Sounds great-it’s also really nice with a bourbon sauce (although I’m sure if you’re back to basics, perhaps Bourbon doesn’t figure in the cupboard!)

  • The best dishes are the ones where you don’t have much on hand! This looks delicious and great thinking!

  • Clever and DIVINE!!

  • Y

    Oh this is right up my alley.. Using up leftovers in a dessert! Looks delicious!

  • great post. i hate wasting food too! composting is also an awsome resource for recycling food. so easy too.

  • zoe

    Yum! Good thinking on using leftover for a dessert!

  • I do the same thing. Whenever I have leftover bread, I turn it into bread pudding with everything else that is miscellaneous in my refrigerator. And, of course, that looks like the perfect breakfast when you are on a holiday.

  • Thanks for this simple recipe. I just visited your blog and spotted “banana” and I couldn’t help finding my way into this recipe, I have a tendency to taste anything that has banana in it :)

  • Lottie

    Oooh, I do like the look of this. I also feel strongly about food wastage and what perfect way to ensure all is eaten!

  • What a simple and delicious dessert!

  • Oooooh,…Aaaaah,…this bread & butter banana pudding looks outstandingly tasty!
    Fab presentation too!

  • I hear you on not being wasteful. I made it my new years resolution last year to not waste food and the money I have saved has been unbelievable!

    Great recipe for leftover bananas! Would be divine with a caramel sauce :)

  • Bread pudding is a great way to use up the leftovers. I bet this tastes fantastic fresh outta the oven :)!

  • Love the idea of Walnuts! It’s winter in South Africa, so will be giving this a try tonight, perfect winter dessert

  • lovely!!! I hate wasting food too and I always seem to have bananas and bread as leftovers..what a delicious way to use them…thanks so much

  • romeo

    the food is full of nonsense, an is non………………sense. try some thing good

  • shane

    Awesome, and very practical.. loved the idea

  • Ramage

    Did this tonight was gona add walnuts but it would seem someone has been nibbling at them (the wife). I added chopped dried figs and fat black raisins. Was toying with the idea of putting a splash of maple syrup in the custard mix but someone doesn’t like it but sounds good.

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