The four manky bananas sitting on the counter quite timely coincided with Brydie's post on banana cake and the picking up of my new mixing bowl which had been on back order since the previous one shattered on the slate floor (it had done amazingly well lasting 10+ years with three children learning how to bake with it!).
Hooray for new bowls!
And hooray for banana cakes!
I do love a warm, fresh out of the oven banana cake. I don't know what it is though, it never seems as appealing the next day. The girls pack it in their lunchboxes for school and I warm up a piece for a mid afternoon snack but inevitably, any further leftovers go to the chickens.
I was determined this time to put a halt to this outrageous practice! So, banana bread and butter pudding it had to be..
It couldn't be easier - just cube up any remaining banana cake, chop up some chocolate pieces to your liking (I used half a block of white chocolate tonight) and layer them alternately in a largish pie dish. Add fruit now if this is your thing.. I would've liked to have added some of our homegrown raspberries from the freezer but as the most passionate banana fan doesn't eat them, it was not to be.
In a separate bowl, mix up 3 eggs, 1/4 cup raw sugar, 1 tbs plain flour, 500ml cream and a good teaspoon (or two!) of vanilla extract.
Pour this over the bread and chocolate. If you have a little time up your sleeve, the dish can be set aside for around 10-20 minutes to allow the custard to soak into the bread/cake.
I did not have such time up my sleeve and all was still well. Sprinkle with raw sugar and bake at 180c for 45-50 minutes or until top is browned and custard is set.
Probably one of the last of the thigh loving desserts for the season..perhaps I'll sneak in just one or two more before the winter is well and truly out.
The irony of this dessert hit me as I was washing up... the cake was made to use up the manky bananas..and then the pudding was made to use up the leftover cake... funny, huh!? I wonder how many times a dish can be re-vamped into another....
Have you got any upcycled indulgent treats that are a favourite at your place?