The first time I had bread pudding of any sorts was at the Treasure Island buffet in Las Vegas when I was 14. I fell in love with the eggy, creamy, surprisingly fluffy dessert speckled with hints of cinnamon and raisins. It’s not the prettiest dessert to serve, but it’s so warm and comforting to the dessert soul. Little did I know how easy it was to make!
There was a period in my college days where I would read recipes for hours on end just for fun, dreaming of the day I had enough time, money, and space to bake anything I wanted in my own kitchen. This is definitely not an expensive recipe, though you can spice it up more for sure. I knew from my recipe browsing days that bread pudding recipes required at least day-old bread—some good hearty challah, brioche, or French Bread were usually involved. Well, I never usually bought these kinds of breads.
It just so happened that my fiancé had bought a loaf of French bread from the grocery store the other day and used half of it to make some homemade garlic bread to go with our pasta dinner. But you can only have so much garlic bread…or more like, you should only have so much. ;) The light bulb pinged, and I decided to try bread pudding!
The other thing we had lying around was a bunch of very ripe bananas, because I couldn’t resist the deal of $1.49 for a 5-lb bag of bananas from the market. Oops. I had already made banana bread that week, so I decided to throw some bananas into my bread pudding too. Ripe bananas are the best for baking because they are already so sweet you don’t need to add as much sugar. And then another light bulb went off. What about Nutella?! Bananas and Nutella are like Oreos and milk; they work perfectly in harmony! And we happened to have a jar at home that I had been slathering my banana muffins in. (It’s a great frosting for lazy people :P)
So I quickly Googled some recipes and mix and matched and altered for the following recipe based on what I had. I think my fiancé was pleasantly surprised by how good it turned out (he was very offput by the near all-black bananas). And my coworkers seemed to enjoy it, so I hope you like it too!