Banana Foster Bread Pudding Recipe

Published on June 1st 2024 by Sarah Leadon.
Last updated on June 10th 2024
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Close up view of Banana Foster Bread Pudding

Get ready for bread pudding bliss with this irresistible Banana Foster Bread Pudding! We're talking about an ultra-soft, custard-like interior surrounded by a slightly crisp, caramelized exterior. But the real star is the warm, buttery, rum-spiked banana foster sauce that generously coats every decadent bite. With hints of banana liqueur and plenty of gooey banana flavor, it's like a New Orleans-inspired bread pudding dream. Top it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for the ultimate sweet and creamy indulgence. This easy yet show-stopping dessert is sure to become a new favorite!

Why do they call it Bananas Foster?

The story of bananas foster is very interesting. Back in the 1950s, when bananas were first imported to New Orleans, Owen Brennan, the proprietor of Brennan's Restaurant, told Paul Blange to use the bananas in a dessert. Blange came up with the bananas foster we are familiar with today and named it in honor of his friend, Richard Foster.

What is banana bread pudding made of?

Banana bread pudding typically consists of cubed bread or brioche, ripe bananas, eggs, milk or cream, sugar, vanilla, and warm spices like cinnamon and nutmeg. It's then baked into a decadent, custard-like dessert and can be served with a sweet sauce made with butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, heavy cream, light rum, banana liqueur, and fresh bananas.

How many calories are in banana Foster?

There are 550 calories in each serving of banana Foster bread pudding.

How many carbs are in banana Foster?

There are 70 grams of carbs in each serving of banana Foster bread pudding.

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Time & Serves

Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
65 mins
Total Time
80 mins


Bread Pudding:
  • 4 cups Whole Milk

  • 6 large Eggs

  • 1 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon

  • 1/2 teaspoon Ground Nutmeg

  • 1 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract

  • 1 teaspoon Orange Zest

  • 1/4 teaspoon fine Sea Salt

  • 3/4 cup Brown Sugar

  • 3 cups stale French Bread, cut into 1-inch cubes

Banana Foster Sauce:
  • 1/2 cup Unsalted Butter

  • 1 1/2 cups Brown Sugar

  • 1/2 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon

  • 1/4 teaspoon Ground Nutmeg

  • 1/8 teaspoon Ground Cardamom

  • 1/2 cup Heavy Cream

  • 4 tablespoons Light Rum

  • 6 tablespoons Banana Liqueurs

  • 3 medium Bananas, sliced

  • Whipped Cream for garnish (Optional)


Bread Pudding:

Whisk the whole milk, eggs, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla extract, orange zest, fine sea salt, and brown sugar in a large bowl until combined.

Combined milk, eggs, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, zest, salt and sugar

Add the French bread and toss to coat it in the egg mixture. Cover the bread pudding mixture with plastic wrap. Chill the bread pudding mixture in the fridge for 1 hour.

Adding French bread to the egg mixture

Preheat your oven to 350 °F, then coat a 13x9 inch baking pan with non-stick cooking spray.

Pre-heat the oven

Remove the plastic wrap from the bread pudding mixture. Add the bread pudding mixture to the prepared baking dish.

Adding the bread pudding mixture to the baking dish

Next, cover the bread pudding with foil and bake it for 45 minutes.

Cover the bread pudding with the foil

Remove the bread pudding from the oven. Remove the foil. Place the bread pudding back into the oven. Bake the bread pudding for another 10–15 minutes until golden brown. Set the bread pudding aside.

Set aside cooked Banana Foster Bread Pudding
Banana Foster Sauce:

Place the butter into a medium skillet and set it over medium-high heat.

Melting the butter for the sauce

Let the butter melt, then stir in the brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cardamom and cook it for 2–3 minutes, stirring constantly until the brown sugar dissolves.

Adding sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and cardamon

Stir in the heavy cream to the skillet until well combined.

Adding heavy cream to the sauce

Remove the banana foster sauce from the heat and stir in the rum and banana liqueur.

Adding rum and liqueur

Add the bananas and stir gently until coated in the sauce.

adding the banana

Pour the banana foster sauce over the bread pudding and garnish it with whipped cream before serving.

Serving the Banana Foster Bread Pudding
Sarah Leadon

Delve into the fusion of food and mood with Sarah. Discover the emotional journey within each recipe. Beyond the kitchen, she's an avid reader and music lover, lost in the rhythms of life.

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Sarah Leadon

Delve into the fusion of food and mood with Sarah. Discover the emotional journey within each recipe. Beyond the kitchen, she's an avid reader and music lover, lost in the rhythms of life.

More posts by Sarah Leadon