Bananas Foster Bread Pudding

Caramelized bananas top bread pudding in this sweet New Orleans staple, paired with the perfect dessert wine to elevate your experience.
Bananas Foster Bread Pudding

Courtesy Shun Li, pastry chef, Windsor Court Hotel, New Orleans 

Sommelier of The Grill Room at Windsor Court Hotel, Bill Burkhart, recommends a classic pairing of dessert and dessert wine, saying, “The rare and delicious Vilmart et Cie Ratafia de Champagne dessert wine from France mixes hearty Pinot Noir flavors with unctuous sweetness and bracing acidity, which makes it a great match with bananas Foster.”

  • 1 loaf bread, crumbled
  • 6 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup milk
  • 4 ounces butter
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 bananas, sliced
  • ¼ cup dark rum

Preheat oven to 325°F. Combine bread, eggs, sugar and milk in bowl. Toss gently and pour mixture into baking dish. Bake until golden brown, approximately 40 minutes. Let rest 30–40 minutes.

For bananas Foster topping, melt butter in saucepan over medium heat. Add sugar and cinnamon, and combine until melted. Add bananas and cook for 15 seconds. Remove pan from heat and add rum. Return pan to heat. Allow sauce to thicken, 1–2 minutes. To serve, pour bananas Foster over bread pudding. Serves 6–8.

Published on February 24, 2017
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Alexis Korman
Contributing Editor, Travel

Korman is known to skip the globe in search of the next perfect sip. She's authored trends-driven travel, wine, cocktail, and food content for over a decade, joining Wine Enthusiast in 2010. Based in New Orleans, Korman recently co-founded an artisanal kombucha beverage company, Big Easy 'Bucha, which gives back to local charities.     Email:

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