Admittedly I am not much of a baker. I prefer make ahead puddings that need next to no attention before serving. If there is any pudding pressure, I risk epic failure. So when I do discover a dessert that I can make that tastes amazing and is effortless, then I am over joyed and I have to share it.
Since my recent blog swop with Chez Foti with the theme of ‘Comfort Food’ (Pulled Blue Cheese Pork with Cider & Apple Sauce and Beef, Beer & Stilton Pie), I have been thinking about food that soothes the soul and gives you that totally contented feeling. Having posted a savory comfort food dish, I began to contemplate a sweet offering.
For some reason when I chewed this over, my gut instinct was that it had to be something stodgy; reminiscent of school dinners even. The memory of hot, sweet puddings served to me in my childhood is comforting and cheerful, thus ticking all the necessary boxes.
I saw a recipe for Bread & Butter Pudding ages ago that used croissants in place of the usual plain slices of buttered bread and I thought this was a wonderful idea. The idea of soaking these buttery flaky pillows of decadence in custard and baking them would most certainly achieve the desired level of stodginess that I was after for the full on comfort effect.
And just to jooj things up even further, I decided to add some chunks of chocolate and slices of banana; little pockets of yumminess dotted within the pillows of baked pastry. (My mouth is watering just writing this!) For me, cooked banana and melted chocolate has to be one of the most sublime pairings known to man. How could this concoction not be knockout?
The final piece of genius for this pudding is the fact that it took mere minutes to put together and it has to be done a good hour before you want to cook it, longer even if you like. Leaving you plenty of time to make and eat your first course and so avoiding all that last minute pudding pressure that I detest!
So once again in the name of comfort food, I urge you to throw this together, sit back, relax and get cosy, content in the knowledge that you will be bolstered and soothed by the end result. Here’s just how easy it is:
Chocolate & Banana Croissant Bread & Butter Pudding
6-8 croissants, cane be a bit stale
100g dark chocolate
1 banana, sliced
600ml whole milk
- Slice your each croissants into 3 pieces and then lay them in your oven dish (no need to butter them as you would do normally with bread as their butter content is already so high). Fit as many as you can into the dish. Then break your chocolate into squares and dot them in between the pieces of croissant. Repeat with all the slices of banana.
- In a jug, mix your milk and sugar and whisk in your eggs to make the basis of the cold custard. Pour it all over your croissants and leave to soak for at least one hour.
- Meanwhile, heat your oven to 160C/140F and when you are ready, bake for 40 minutes until the custard is set. The top will be lovely and crispy whilst underneath will be soft and unctuous with the set custard. Serve with ice cream or cream or even more hot custard if you like! Se easy and so good.