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.
18 thoughts on “Easy Peasy Chocolate & Banana Croissant Bread & Butter Pudding!”
Thankyou for sending this recipe to Lets cook/bake for valentine event.It looks simply devine and very delicious.
Hello and thank you! I am very pleased to enter for the first time but hopefully not the last !
What a perfect comfort pudding Anneli. There is nothing better than this combination. I have used brioche in the past but I just love the idea of using croissants. Banana and chocolate adds even more to it and I like to leave mine to soak also, as it makes the end result even lighter & fluffier!
Thanks so much for entering One Ingredient. Just thought I should let you know that Nazima at Franglais Kitchen is the real brainchild behind One Ingredient. I am just the partner!!!
Thanks Laura. Glad you like it. Thanks for the One Ingredient info…oops ! I shall amend the post.
Hi Anneli – what a fabulous dish! I’ve never seen anything done with croissants before (except for the usual “split them open and stuff with ham and cheese kind of thing). I love this idea, how cool is this to make a pud with croissants instead of regular bread? Really gives it a beautiful appearance!
Would make a great use for leftover pastries from these giant croissant buckets you can get from Auchan… they sell like 20 of the things in huge trays and I can’t ever imagine how all of them could ever possibly get eaten before going completely stale!
Thanks Charles. It’s so simple to make, especially as you don’t even have to bother laboriously buttering slices of bread as the croissants are buttery enough. You are right, it’s a great way to use up stale ones you have left over from giant bags. Anything with croissant is a winner for me…!
My kind of pud! Funnily enough I’ve made this before using stale croissants and pain au chocolate adding extra choccie and bananas too – but I haven’t for ages now. Probably more to do with the fact we no longer seem to have such tasty leftovers lurking (they get gobbled by my gannet toddler!). Must make again, thanks for reminding me of it’s wonders!
Thanks Lou. Glad to have been able to jog your memory as to why this kind of pud is so good! You may just have to buy some croissants specifically if you can’t resist temptation xx
This certainly ticks the comforting and cheery box- thank you for entering it into TTT!
Thanks Kate. Glad you like it. Comforting and ever so naughty = great combo 🙂
What a gorgeous recipe. So beautiful (so much prettier than plain old bread!) and the banana and chocolate must make this pudding taste divine.
Thanks Nazima. Glad you like it. I also think the rugged mountains of the croissants are rather beautiful. Just an added bonus that it also tastes really good !
Oh my! That looks wickedly good and I’m not even going to think about the calories!
As with all delicious puddings, you must switch off the internal calorie counter and just get stuck in 🙂
This is right up my alley too, easy puddings and cakes are the only way I can do something similar to baking. I must try this.
Thanks Maria. I am like you when it comes to making I think! This one is my easy peasy fallback that I can revert to whenever I need a super easy delicious pud. Let me know if you make it and how it goes for you. x
I always eat a banana after my workout session. It gives me lots of energy.
Great article 🙂
Thanks! Yes bananas are fantastic nutritionally! I try to feed them to my kids all the time!
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