Chocolate-Banana Bread Puddings

November 2005
Chocolate-Banana Bread Puddings

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Choose chocolate bars over chocolate chips for this recipe; they melt better than chocolate morsels, which are formulated to hold their shape during baking. Go ahead and fill the muffin tins to the top—they won't overflow.

Makes: 12 servings

Prep: 10 mins

Cook: 25 mins

Ingredients
  • 1 teaspoon unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3 bananas, sliced 1/3 inch thick
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 10 slices of white bread, lightly toasted
  • 6 1.55 ounces milk chocolate bars, broken into small pieces
Directions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees . Line a 12-cup muffin tin with paper or foil liners.
  2. In a nonstick skillet, melt the butter with the brown sugar over moderately high heat. Add the banana slices and cook, turning once, until caramelized, about 3 minutes. The bananas should be softened and sticky. Remove from the heat and let cool.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the milk, eggs and vanilla.
  4. Stack the toasted bread, slice off the crusts and cut the bread into 4 triangles.
  5. Add the bread to the custard and let soak until the custard is absorbed, about 10 minutes. Stir in the cooled caramelized bananas and the chocolate. 6. Spoon the mixture into the prepared muffin cups (they'll be full). Bake the puddings until puffy and golden, about 25 minutes.
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