banana brown sugar bread & butter pudding.

I got back last night after 21 grueling hours of travel to realise I didn't have any food in the house. I'd managed to leave myself 2 cans of coconut milk in the cupboard and the frosty remains of some mango sorbet in the freezer so I went to bed hungry. Then this morning, jet lagged and idiotic, went to get some food and came back with bread, bananas and soy milk to make this, but nothing else. This pudding was my lunch and dinner.
It doesn't look the prettiest but the sauce is sticky and sweet and cooked bananas have the most amazing flavour. With the bread you get the top part all sugary and crunchy and then a cakey bottom part.

Inspired loosely by a recipe from Joy.

To serve 4 you'll need:
enough sliced white bread to fill your dish (toasted and buttered with a vegan butter substitute, I like the Pure brand), I used about 6 slices
3 tsp ground arrowroot
2 cups soy milk
1/2 cup brown sugar
2-3 bananas
2 tbsp of granulated sugar with 1 tbsp of cinnamon mixed into it, to top.

Lightly toast each slice of bread and butter on one side.
Cut it into diagonal pieces and arrange pointy side up in your dish.
Put the arrowroot, brown sugar and soy milk into a pan and gently bring to the boil while stirring. It should go an amazing brown colour and smell delicious. Once it's boiled, turn down the heat slightly and keep stirring for another few minutes. Make sure there are no little arrowroot lumps floating about.
Turn off the heat and pour the soy milk mix over the bread, you don't need to cover each slice, just fill the base of the dish and maybe drip a bit over the bread.
Slice up your bananas and wedge them in-between the slices, push some down into the milky part, smoosh them all in.
Push the bread and bananas around a bit with your fingers so that most of the bananas have a little sauce on them and the base of all the slices are able to soak up some of the liquid.

Put into the oven at 350F/180C/Gas mark 4 for about 25-30 minutes. When you take it out some of the banana will look a little dried so grab a spoon or some tongs and turn them around in the liquid then put back into the oven for another 10-15 minutes. When you take it out the second time it should look like this:
YUMMERZ. Sprinkle the cinnamon sugar over the whole thing and leave it to cool, let it get itself together so that the liquidy part has a chance to settle down. Nobody wants runny pudding.
Use a knife to cut it, serving spoons are no good here.
See? I told you it's not pretty, but it is totally delicious.
The squidgy parts are my favourite.

I'm going to start uploading a version of recipes that you can print/save so you don't have to scroll through the whole post making notes on your hands (is it just me that does that?) Just click on it to get the big version, then right-click and save!


Brittany Boersma said...

So glad to have you back!!! Nothings better than dessert for lunch and dinner:)

Franca said...

Welcome back! This looks delicious and so simple! But - sorry if this is a stupid question - butter?

Naomi Rose said...

Thanks Brittany!

argh Franca, it's me being all jetlagged! Of course it should be buttered with a vegan marg, let me edit! xx

Liz said...

& the recipe cards are such a good idea! I want to make you some cute custom ones for your blog :)

David T. Macknet said...

It surely looks awesome! Sorry you had to go to bed without dinner!

Billiesue said...

Oooh sounds and looks awesome and there are so few ingredients! Also - thank you for doing the printable version. I print off some of your recipes but they take up a lot of paper with the comments and stuff on the bottom. I like the pictures though!

aDeLiNe said...

I'm so happy you're back! I've missed you this much (imagine showing you as much space as my arms can show). AND the recipe cards are a brilliant idea!!!!

Naomi Rose said...

<3 you Liz!

thanks David :)

Billiesue you're adorable, I'm sorry you've had to use up your printer ink before with my sloppy blogging! Maybe I should do them in black and white instead?

Missed you more Adeline! xx

Fiona said...

mmm delicious winter treat!

Kristie said...

Looks super yummy!

Netty said...

Yum, perfect now that the cold nights are closing in!

Can we expect a nice shiny book from you any time soon?

The recipe cards are a lovely idea, thanks!

Mihl said...

The last time I made bread pudding, it was a complete disaster. Thank you for this awesome recipe. And I think it does look pretty.

Naomi Rose said...

Thanks Fiona and Kristie!

Netty I wish, one day eh?

Thanks Mihl, it tastes about 50x better than it looks, promise.

Amanda said...

oh my gosh this looks amazing!!! i love bananas, so i'm sure i'll love this!! so glad you're posting again!!

DonVik said...

I found your blog tonight and tried this recipe. OMG!! This is fantastic and I am eating the results as I type this! I live in Australia and the tempera <3ture at the moment is extremely hot, so this is not just a winter dessert :) Thank you <3