Louisiana Bread Pudding is a delicious, easy to make recipe that can be enjoyed for breakfast or dessert. The rum banana topping makes this bread pudding irresistible.
There are as many versions of bread pudding, out there as there are people to make them, but my favorite will always be Louisiana Bread Pudding.
As most people know, we Louisianians serve french bread with just about everything. That means that sometimes we have a little leftover and when we do, bread pudding is sure to be on the menu the next day.
Bread pudding tastes much like traditional french toast, if you've never had it. It's rich and sweet, but even better than any french toast I've ever had.
It makes a wonderful breakfast or after dinner dessert, especially with a hot cup of cafe au lait. Either way, you're sure to love it!
Bread Pudding Tip: You will want to use what we call "day old" french bread or as most people say "stale" french bread to make bread pudding. You want the bread to be dry in order to soak up all the good stuff!
Where did Louisiana bread pudding recipe come from?
Unless you live under a rock, everyone knows that New Orleans is home to many of the greatest restaurants and cafes in the country.
One of the most well known has been in business since the early 1900's.
Located right on Bourbon Street, Galatoire's, is arguably the finest restaurant in the French Quarter, founded in 1905 by a French gentleman named Jean Galatoire. He made bread pudding famous.
One recipe has remained a traditional dessert item on New Orleans menus, simply named, Bread Pudding.
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Louisiana Bread Pudding
- 6 large eggs
- ⅔ cups granulated sugar
- 2 cups milk
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ⅛ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 large loaf of french bread (cut into 1 inch pieces)
- 2 sticks butter
- 1 cup light brown sugar
- 2 bananas
- ¼ cup rum (can substitute with 2 teaspoons rum extract or ¼ cup praline liqueur)
- Preheat oven to 350°F and generously grease 4 ramekins with butter. If you don't have ramekins you can use an 8" x 8" baking dish.
- In a large bowl, mix together the eggs, granulated sugar, milk, vanilla extract, cinnamon and nutmeg.
- Place a layer of french bread pieces in the bottom of the ramekins and spoon ⅓ cup of the egg mixture over the bread and let it soak in. Repeat this process until the baking dishes are full.
- Place the ramekins on a baking sheet and bake for 45-60 minutes. Make sure a knife inserted in the middle comes out "sticky", not runny with the egg mixture and the tops are golden brown. Extra cooking time may be required depending on the oven.
- Remove from oven and let cool 15-20 minutes before serving. Don't skip this step, this gives the custard time to set up.
- In a heavy saucepan, melt the butter and brown sugar together over medium heat. Once melted, add the sliced bananas and rum. Stir until heated through.
- Spoon the sauce over the bread pudding and enjoy!
- Store covered in the fridge for up to 4 days.
- Reheat leftovers in the oven at 350F until heated through or in the microwave.
This recipe was originally posted in June 2017 and updated in July 2018.