As a southern girl from New Orleans, I have always loved bread pudding and banana's foster... why not combine the two? I made it for the first time for our 35th wedding anniversary celebration and it was a huge hit. This recipe serves alot of people and can be made ahead and frozen. Enjoy!
1Using a large bowl tear french bread into small pieces. Pour heavy cream, milk, rum, 4 tbl. vanilla over bread to soak. Combine sugar, brown sugar, eggs and 1/2 tsp. cinnamon. Mix on medium speed until light and fluffy. Pour over bread mixture to soak. Slice 6 bananas. Fold into bread/milk mixture.
2Using (3) 12 3/4 X 10 3/8 X 3" deep (deep disposable lasagne pan) melt 2 sticks butter, divide. Pour bread pudding mixture into the three pans. Bake covered at 300 degrees for 2 1/2 hours or until skewer comes out clean. Remove foil and bake an additinal 20 minutes until golden.
Prepare BANANAS FOSTER SAUCE in a pan and pour over hot bread pudding before serving.
The bread pudding can be prepared ahead of time and frozen. I defrosted it in refrigerator overnight and reheated at 300 degrees for 45 minutes until hot and then prepared the topping.