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Date and banana bread and butter pudding

1. Butter the slices of bread and cut in half diagonally.
2. Arrange a layer of the buttered bread in a large baking dish, sprinkle over some of the sugar, then add a layer of bananas and some dates. Repeat until all of the bread, sugar, bananas and dates have been used up, finishing with a layer of bread and a sprinkle of sugar.

3. For the custard, beat the eggs, egg yolks, vanilla and sugar in a bowl.

4. Meanwhile, heat the cream in a saucepan until just boiling. Slowly whisk the cream into the egg mixture until well combined.

5. Pour the custard mixture over the bread, bananas and dates and set aside to soak for at least 30 minutes.

6. Preheat the oven the 175*C.

7. Bake the pudding for 40 minutes, or until golden-brown on top and the custard has set.

8. Meanwhile for the sauce, heat the ingredients in a heavy-bottomed saucepan until just boiling, then remove from the heat.

9. Serve the bread and butter pudding with the sauce and some extra cream.


1 loaf thick-sliced white bread, crusts removed
200g butter
150g sugar
6 bananas, sliced
12 pitted dates, chopped

For the custard
3 eggs
3 egg yolks
1 tsp vanilla essence
100g caster sugar
500ml double cream    

For the sauce
100ml double cream, plus extra to serve
100g butter
100g brown sugar