Date And Banana Bread and Butter Pudding (Simon Rimmer)

Give your bread and butter pudding a new twist by adding bananas and sticky dates and serving with a rich butterscotch sauce.

Ingredients

  • 1 loaf thick-sliced white bread, crusts removed
  • 200g/7oz unsalted butter
  • 150g/5oz demerera sugar
  • 6 bananas, sliced
  • 12 pitted dates, chopped
For the custard
  • 3 free-range eggs
  • 3 free-range egg yolks
  • 1 vanilla pod, split lengthways, seeds scraped out
  • 100g/3½ oz caster sugar
  • 500ml/18fl oz double cream
For the sauce
  • 100ml/3½fl oz double cream, plus extra to serve
  • 100g/3½oz unsalted butter
  • 100g/3½oz soft dark brown sugar

Preparation method

  1. Butter the slices of bread and cut in half diagonally.
  2. Arrange a layer of the buttered bread in a large baking dish, sprinkle over some of the sugar, then add a layer of bananas and some dates. Repeat until all of the bread, sugar, bananas and dates have been used up, finishing with a layer of bread and a sprinkle of sugar.
  3. For the custard, beat the eggs, egg yolks, vanilla seeds and sugar in a bowl.
  4. Meanwhile, heat the cream in a saucepan until just boiling. Slowly whisk the cream into the egg mixture until well combined.
  5. Pour the custard mixture over the bread, bananas and dates and set aside to soak for at least 30 minutes.
  6. Preheat the oven the 175C/325F/Gas 3.
  7. Bake the pudding for 40 minutes, or until golden-brown on top and the custard has set.
  8. Meanwhile for the sauce, heat the ingredients in a heavy-bottomed saucepan until just boiling, then remove from the heat.
  9. Serve the bread and butter pudding with the sauce and some extra cream.
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