Tropical bread pudding

Yield: 6 servings

Measure Ingredient
6 ounces French bread, sliced 1/2"
Thick
3 Medium bananas, sliced
½ cup Flaked or shredded coconut
1 tablespoon Fresh lemon juice
4 Eggs
⅓ cup Packed brown sugar
1½ cup Half-and-half
1 cup Milk
1 teaspoon Vanilla
Powdered sugar
Banana slices

Arrange half the bread in the bottom of a greased 9-inch square baking pan. In a bowl, toss the bananas, coconut, and lemon juice; distribute evenly over the bread layer, and top with the remaining bread. In a bowl, beat the eggs and brown sugar. Beat in the half-and-half, milk, and vanilla to blend thoroughly. Pour over the bread, and press the bread down slightly to saturate it completely.

Bake in a 400F oven until the bread is browned and the custard is set, 45-55 minutes. Cool slightly. Dust with powdered sugar, and garnish with additional banana slices. Serve warm. Top with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream, if desired.

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