Tsoureki Nutella Banana Bread Pudding July 11, 2015

                        Tsoureki Nutella Banana Bread Pudding 7-11-2015Tsoureki Bread Pudding with Nutella and Banana

 

There are few people out there in the dessert world that do not love Bread Pudding. These days there are so many different flavors and varieties of this delicious warm decadent dessert. This is so far from the basic popular Bread Pudding from years ago, especially now that the ingredients include, liquors, fruits, nuts and even vegetables. This is one of the easiest desserts to make, yet many do not attempt because they think it is difficult.Tsoureki Bread Pudding with Nutella and Banana

Yet, I have never  seen anyone make Bread Pudding with Tsoureki Bread. For those that are new to the Blog, Tsoureki is our Greek Easter Bread. This bread has the unique flavors of Mastica and Machlep and is usually made only during the Easter Holiday.

 It is sweet and delicious and craved by every Greek I know as Easter gets close. I know many that will sit and eat a whole loaf toasted with butter. Many families have one or two loaves in the house during the holidays. In my house there are 20-25 loaves, a tradition that I started with my Mother-in-law Maria 20 years ago. She is gone, but our tradition lives on, I miss her dearly.

Left Tsoureki and Right Brioche

Left Tsoureki and Right Brioche

Well, first let me say that even though I could eat all 25 loaves, at least 20 of the Tsoureki loaves are given to friends and family….Greek and American. As the Holiday whines down, I always have an extra loaf or two and gain a pound or two during this wonderful holiday.

Just like most breads it freezes well and you can pull it out for any drop in guests. The only other bread I know that has the same texture and is on the sweet side is Brioche. I usually make most of my bread pudding recipes from brioche.

So…… I first made this recipe with Brioche and it was delicious. Then a good friend of mine Helen Karamalakos told me it reminded her of Tsoureki. She is Greek and is one of my friends that gets a loaf of my yearly batch of Tsoureki breads. Well as they say, the light bulb went off instantly and the Tsoureki Bread Pudding with Nutella and Banana was born.Tsoureki Bread Pudding with Nutella and Banana

I know so many people that tell me they may have a loaf or two left over after Easter and now there is a way to take this amazing bread and make a delicious dessert any time of year. However, if you do not have Tsoureki, my original recipe made with Brioche is just as amazing. I even drizzle a little caramel sauce on top of the warm bread pudding as it comes out of the oven………OMG…..Delish……the BestEver!!!!

One more little note, if you happen to need to pans and you only have one loaf of Tsoureki, not a problem. Use One loaf of Brioche and One loaf of Tsoureki……just as great.

Tsoureki Bread Pudding with Nutella and Banana

Prep time: 15min         Chill time: 2 hours      Bake time: 1 hour      yield: one 9×13 deep pan

 1 loaf Tsoureki Easter Bread (approx.15-16oz)Tsoureki Bread Pudding with Nutella and BananaTsoureki Bread Pudding with Nutella and Banana

OR

1 loaf of Brioche (15-16oz)

Cut in 12 ( 3/4 inch) slices

2 cups of Nutella or 1 13oz jar

8 large eggs

2 cups cream or half and halfTsoureki Bread Pudding with Nutella and BananaTsoureki Bread Pudding with Nutella and BananaTsoureki Bread Pudding with Nutella and Banana

2 cups almond milk

1 3/4 cups raw sugar or white sugar

1 tbsp. pure vanilla extract or vanilla paste

1 tsp. hazelnut or almond extract

3 ripe bananasTsoureki Bread Pudding with Nutella and BananaTsoureki Bread Pudding with Nutella and BananaTsoureki Bread Pudding with Nutella and Banana

3/4 cup caramel sauce or syrup

Directions: Let the bread sit out in the air unwrapped for a day or two. Cut in the 12 slices, then spread the nutella to the ends of 6 slices. Top with the other 6 slices to make six sandwiches. Cut each sandwich into 1 inch cubes and place in a large bowl.

In another bowl combine the 8 eggs, cream, almond milk, sugar, vanilla and hazelnut or almond extract. Beat really well with a wire whisk for about a minute until sugar is blended well. Then pour 3/4 of the mixture over the bread cubes and gently toss to coat with the custard mixture. Take the 3 bananas and add to the remaining custard mixture, smash with a fork and mix well. Now pour this over the bread cubes and gently mix to incorporate the banana mixture.

Spray Pam in the deep casserole pan or a half disposable hotel pan, both work well. Pour the bread pudding mixture in the prepared pan and press down gently so the cubes are covered in custard. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 1/2 hours. Then preheat oven to 350 degrees and bake on the middle rack for approx. 1 hour or until the the Bread Pudding is set and golden brown. If you find that it is getting to dark and the cebter nedds to cooka little more, place a sheet of foil lighty on top and bake another 10 min.

Remove from oven and drizzle caramel on the Bread Pudding or wait until you cut pieces and drizzle on each piece with a dollop of whipped cream.Tsoureki Bread Pudding with Nutella and BananaTsoureki Bread Pudding with Nutella and Banana OMG…..now prepare for a taste of the best bread pudding ever!!

So if you ever have left over partly stale loaf of Tsoureki or Brioche, freeze it and you will always have a dessert at your fingertips!

 

Enjoy……

Chef Steff

 

 
 

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