Banana Brioche Pudding with Baileys Caramel Cream

Banana Brioche Pudding (05) by MeetaK


I've been going bananas this week! Literally - trying to make sure I have all my deadlines, to dos and tasks completed before I take off for Dubai next week. Although I am not working anymore, I seem to be busier than I was when I had a job! LOL!

All this does not stop me from spoiling my men with quick, yummy desserts though.


Anyone who reads this blog regularly will know my panache for taking regular, common ingredients from my pantry and converting them into interesting and surprisingly good desserts. This time it was no different. I had bought bananas with the determination of making something with them for this months Jihva For Ingredients being hosted by my dear blog friend Mandira of Ahaar. Her chosen ingredient was of course the Banana.

To be honest I do not often cook with bananas. We simply munch on them pure and should they become too dark they eventually wander into the blender, where they are pureed to make a milkshake. So, as the days went by and my beautiful bananas went from yellow to speckled to brown I decided to be creative - or at least try. Being a bank holiday all the shops were closed so I had to rely on my pantry, fridge and booze cabinet for inspiration.

We all know that bananas are healthy, but I decided to go ahead a research it just a bit more and was surprised to find a few things I was unaware of.

Bananas

Banana (01) by MeetaK


Bananas are wonderfully sweet with firm and creamy flesh. They come ready packed in their own yellow wrapping. Bananas are true energy booster and contain tryptophan, a type of protein that the body converts into serotonin. Serotonin is a hormone that is known to make you feel happy and improve your mood. So if you are felling low - nothing like munching on a ripe banana.

The banana plant grows 10 to 26 feet in height and belongs to the Musaceae family. These fruits grow in clusters of 50 to 150, with individual fruits grouped in bunches, known as "hands," of 10 to 25 bananas.

Bananas come in hundreds of edible varieties that fall under two distinct species: the sweet banana and the plantain banana. Sweet bananas vary in size and color.

Many of us are accustomed to thinking that sweet bananas have yellow skins however, they can also feature red, pink, purple and black tones when ripe. Their flavor and texture range with some varieties being sweet while others have starchier characteristics.

Plantain bananas are usually cooked and considered more like a vegetable due to their starchier qualities; they have a higher beta-carotene concentration than most sweet bananas.

Bananas are a good source of both potassium and vitamin B6. They not only help to maintain bowel health, but are also good energy-boosting snacks. f you watch closely during tennis tournaments, you’ll notice many tennis players eating a banana during short breaks. This is because the banana with its combination of carbohydrates and vitamin B6 provides energy that boosts for at least another 90 minutes.

As bananas ripen, their starch is converted into sugar. Bananas help to maintain blood sugar levels and it is also a fruit which is easily digested.

When nutritional figures are put together, the banana is considered to be among the healthiest of fruits. The plantain, when cooked, rates slightly higher on the nutritional scale in vitamins and minerals but similar to the banana in protein and fiber content.

Bananas can be eaten freely, within limits. A banana weighing 100 g contains about 62 calories.

Selecting & Storing

As bananas are generally picked off the tree while they are still green, it is not unusual to see green bananas in the stores. Selecting bananas should be based on when you want to consume them. Bananas with more green coloration will take longer to ripen than those more yellow in hue and/or with brown spots.

Bananas should be firm, but not too hard, bright in appearance, and free from bruises or other injuries. Their stems and tips should be intact. The size of the banana does not affect its quality, so simply choose the size that best meets your needs.

Although bananas look resistant, they are actually very fragile. Care should be taken in their storage. Ripen bananas at room temperature not in the refrigerator. This interrupts the ripening process to such an extent that it will not be able to resume even if the bananas are returned to room temperature. Bananas should not be subjected to overly hot or cold temperatures.

Once ripe can be then be placed in the refrigerator. While their peel may darken, the flesh will not be affected. For maximum flavor when consuming refrigerated bananas, remove them from the refrigerator and allow them to come back to room temperature.

Bananas can also be frozen and will keep for about 2 months. Either purée them before freezing or simply remove the peel and wrap the bananas in plastic wrap. To prevent discoloration, add some lemon juice before freezing.

More banana information:
Medicinal Uses of Bananas
Banana on Wkipedia


Ingredients
Printable version here.

Banana Brioche Pudding (07) by MeetaK


8 - 10 slices of brioche (substitute with toast bread slices) - cut into cubes
1 vanilla bean
250g Crème Fraiche
300 ml milk
6 eggs
130g sugar
4 cl Bailey's with Caramel
2-3 bananas - sliced
Butter
3-4 tablespoons almond slivers




Method

Banana Brioche Pudding (04) by MeetaK


Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees C. Lay out the brioche cubes on a baking tray and gently brown them crisp and golden. Scrape out the vanilla bean and mix into a saucepan with the crème fraiche and milk. Place on a medium heat and bring to a boil.

In a mixing bowl whisk the eggs, sugar and Bailey's until smooth and creamy. Gently add the milk to the egg mixture, whisking all the time so that the eggs do not curdle. Set aside.

Butter an oven-proof dish or smaller ramekins and lay the bottom out with the toasted brioche cubes. Spread out the banana slices over the top and gently pour in the Bailey's cream mixture so that the brioche cubes and bananas are completely covered.

Sprinkle the almond slivers and bake in the oven for 25 to 30 minutes.

Serve warm, drizzling more Bailey's cream over the top or even some rich chocolate sauce.



Verdict

Banana Brioche Pudding (06) by MeetaK


Soothing, comforting, warming and downright good. My take on the ole bread and butter pudding really put a smile on my men's faces. Nothing like digging into a delicious homemade, warm, sweet dessert when the weather is cold and chippy outside. The Bailey's Caramel cream added a slightly decadent falvoring to the pudding.

It's a pretty filling dessert so a word of advice serve this after a light meal. That way you can enjoy an extra portion

I thank Mandira for being so kind and accepting my late entry. ;-)


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39 comments:

  1. Meeta, you have outdone yourself. This looks gorgeous and fabulous. Thank you for your entry. Round up is this weekend! -- Mandira

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  2. Meeta I think i say this too often but your work is simply incredible!!
    Where do u get so much time to write and take pictures which are as perfect as it can be??
    I am always intrigued with your every post!!!

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  3. It looks really delicious.
    I don't know what i always like from your post, the information, the pic ot the dish itself :-)

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  4. This must be out of the world, especially with caramel cream. Liked the banana presentation :)

    Shn

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  5. Meeta, this is beautiful! Plus, it sounds delicious.

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  6. Your photos are beautiful, like always! This sounds delicious - I like bananas, but they usually end up being used in banana bread or muffins. This would be a great change!

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  7. haha, I too have been on a "banana kick" recently - they're just so versatile in dishes! as always, your latest culinary creation is captivating; and you've certainly made good use of a simple ingredient, incorporating it into a decadent, sophisticated dessert :0)

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  8. I love bananas, they are the perfect food, and brioche pudding with bananas & bailey's sounds totally delightful. Beautiful vivid photographs.

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  9. gud photography.i love banana pudding....this looks lovely...

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  10. Cool pudding!!!! Cool Pictures!!!!!!

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  11. This is a feast to the eyes Meeta, don't know what to appreciate, everything is fabulous..the info, pics and of course the recipe:)

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  12. The pudding looks gorgeous...I would especially love one right now since I'm down with a cold and definitely need some serotonin boost :)

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  13. going bananas here looking at your yummy pictures! Meeta you have combined some of my favorite ingredients here, gotta to try!

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  14. Meeta! Just WOW! The combo of ingredients are just wonderful. And your photos just capture the spirit of this dish beautifully!

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  15. Mmm, I love the use of the Bailey's caramel...I love that stuff.

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  16. for a person who usually hates bananas...your recipe and photographs were tempting! A perfect winter day dish to round up a soulful meal!

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  17. It looks like our families stem from the same -banana-tree! We love our bananas but eat them fresh, the occasional spotted brown one goes in the blender...
    Still, this is one great way of serving those ole bananas, especially with the caramel, oy caramel and baileys. I think I'm going to hide some bananas!

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  18. Thanks folks - glad you all liked this dessert.

    Nabeela How i wish I could send you a huge portion of this. Hope you get well soon!

    Appreciate all your comments and feed back on the dish and the photos. Means a lot!

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  19. What a coincidence,
    I just made BANANA muffin today,
    But your banana dish looks soooooo delicious though!
    What a good chef!

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  20. I absolutely love anything with bananas. I will definitely try this! Love your pics & your site.

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  21. that is very mouth watering pudding. very nice presentation too:)

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  22. One of my favourite cocktails is a BBC - Baileys, Banana and Cream. So you can imagine how happy I am to add Brioche to this combo and have a bread pudding like no other.

    Oh, just to let you know... I finally received my copy of Jamie's Italy.

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  23. lovely pictures plus I learned a thing or two about bananas. Now I know I can refrigerated them.

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  24. Thanks for the banana primer. Like you, I mostly eat them just as is. They are one of the fruits, like strawberries, that I love in the raw state but do not like quite as much when cooked. Your bread pudding does look tempting... maybe will have to rethink this banana thing!

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  25. I too am not much on cooked bananas - but this one is too darn good to pass up! Hope you all have fun with this!

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  26. My bananas usually end up in the freezer and then into smoothies, I don't bake with them often enought but love it when others do!

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  27. Simple, eleganat and just lip smacking! Have fun on your holidays!

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  28. i love the banana photo meeta. and am now craving a bread and butter pudding of my own.

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  29. Holy cow, Meeta - that looks amazingly good! I will definitely be adding this in with my long list of Fall desserts that I WILL DEFINITELY be making.. hmm.. this might be just the perfect dessert to surprise Helene and Mary with next week! =)

    xoxo

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  30. Mm this looks wonderful! I have a soft spot for anything brioche.

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  31. I'm always looking for ways to use up ripe bananas. This looks really tasty!

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  32. Ladies - thanks for your feedback. Please do come back and let me know what you and your family thought of it!

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  33. Hi Meeta,
    just a visitor--used this recipe and wowed my dinner guests. they were scraping their ramekins. thanks so much for a great recipe. good brioche is everything!

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  34. Hi Meeta,
    Lovely presentation n awesome recipie....I`m planning to make it this weekend. Could you please tell me how many people can be served with the above measurements? I will be having a small gathering of 5-6 people !!!Thanks in advance .

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  35. Thanks for your feedback.

    ANON: This makes approx 6 ramekins. Hope you and your guests like the dessert! Let me know!

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