"Banana Bread" Bread Pudding - abc27 WHTM

"Banana Bread" Bread Pudding

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Fresh-out-of-the-oven banana bread meets bread pudding in this heavenly dessert. One bite and you'll know why "Banana Bread" Bread Pudding is simply irresistible.

What You'll Need:

1 (1-pound) banana bread, cut into 1-inch cubes

1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened

1/2 cup confectioners' sugar, plus some for sprinkling

2 cups half-and-half

1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

3 eggs

1/8 teaspoon salt

What To Do:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray. Place banana bread cubes on baking sheet.

2. Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until toasted, turning once. Place bread cubes in an 8-inch square baking dish or 6 individual ramekins; set aside.

3. In a large bowl, with an electric mixer, beat cream cheese and confectioners' sugar until smooth. Beat in remaining ingredients until well mixed. Pour mixture over bread cubes, completely soaking them.

4. Bake 35 to 40 minutes, or until custard is set. Sprinkle with confectioners' sugar and serve.

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