What a lovely Christmas I’ve had! My grandparents are here and my mum and dad’s Christmas dinner was absolutely wonderful, as always! I didn’t want to try my hand at the Christmas dinner for fear of messing it up, maybe next year!
Guess what I got for Christmas then… 3 recipe books!!! Yes I’m going to be very busy this year! I got Kitchen by Nigella Lawson, How to be a domestic goddess by Nigella Lawson (finally I have some of my heroine’s cook books!) and Home cooking made easy by Lorraine Pascale.
You may be surprised that the first recipe I did was a Lorraine Pascale one and not Nigella, well, after promising my grandma that I’d make her something she spotted “Caramelised banana bread and butter pudding with toasted pecan nuts” in Lorraine’s recipe book and said how much she loved it so I said I’d make it for her! My dad is very sceptical about Lorraine Pascale because he says that somebody that young can’t cook well enough to have their own TV show, but as I pointed out he’s already had her Five spice baked ribs and I didn’t hear him complain about that! He’s also doesn’t like her because she was a model and then suddenly changed career paths and became a chef, he’s just upset his life isn’t that glamorous, but that’s just dad being dad. This was my chance to prove to him that Lorraine is a good cook so I concentrated very hard on the recipe to get it right…
I definitely proved him wrong! The bread and butter pudding was so gorgeous! Everybody loved it! So I am going to share it with you!
Caramelised banana bread and butter pudding with toasted pecans
75 g butter, at room temperature
1 medium loaf of crusty white bread, cut into 8-10 slices about 2cm thick
400ml double cream (I managed to substitute this with “creme epais” which is still a feeble replacement for double cream but better than nothing)
300 ml creme fraiche
75g soft light brown sugar, plus 25g extra for sprinkling
Grated zest of 1 lemon
Seeds from 1 vanilla pod/vanilla extract
1 tsp of ground cinnamon
2 bananas, peeled and cut into 1cm slices
100g pecan nuts (I used brazil nuts which were yummy yummy!)
4-litre capacity baking dish, about 25 x 30cm
1. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas mark 4. Grease the ovenproof dish with some of the butter.
2. Using the remaining butter, butter the bread slices on one side and, them in half diagonally and arrange them any way you like in the prepared baking dish.
3. Put the cream, creme fraiche, the 75g sugar, lemon zest, vanilla, cinnamon and eggs in a large jug and beat with a wooden spoon until smooth and well mixed.
4. Now put the banana slices and pecans between the slices of bread, with a few landing on top. Pour the liquid over the bread and allow it to soak through for a few seconds, then use the back of a spoon to squidge everything down into the liquid. Finally scatter the remaining sugar over the top. Bake the oven for 30-40 minutes, or until the mixture has just set and looks nicely caramelised.
5. Serve at once. This is delicious with a little more fresh cream poured over it.
Happy New Year!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!