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  • 1/3 cup raisins or currants
  • 2 Tablespoons plus 1/4 cup dark rum
  • 2 Tablespoons (1/4 stick) butter
  • 3 bananas, peeled, halved crosswise & then lengthwise
  • 5 Tablespoons sugar
  • 2 cups whipping cream
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 8 ounces firm, white bread slices, crusts trimmed, each slice cut into 3 strips
  • 1/2 cup chopped toasted pecans (about 2 ounces)
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup packed, dark brown sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 Tablespoons dark rum
Combine raisins and 2 tablespoons rum in a small bowl. Let stand 20 minutes (be patient, you rascal).

Melt butter in a heavy large skillet over medium heat. Add bananas and 2 tablespoons sugar and cook until bananas are tender, about 2 minutes per side. Remove from heat. Combine whipping cream, eggs, vanilla extract and remaining 1/4 cup rum and 3 tablespoons sugar in a medium bowl and whisk to blend.

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Butter 9X5X3-inch loaf pan. Arrange 1/3 of bread strips crosswise in bottom of prepared pan. Arrange 6 banana pieces atop bread. Sprinkle with half of raisins and half of pecans. Arrange 1/3 of bread strips crosswise atop bananas. Pour half of egg mixture over. Arrange remaining banana pieces atop bread. Sprinkle with remaining raisins and pecans. Arrange remaining bread strips crosswise atop bananas. Pour remaining egg mixture over. Press gently on top layer to compact. Let stand 15 minutes (be patient, you rascal).

Bake bread pudding until puffed and golden and knife inserted into center comes out clean, about 45 glorious minutes (be patient, you rascal). Transfer to rack and cool slightly.

Cut bread pudding into slices. Arrange on plates; drizzle with warm Rum Sauce and serve like a rascal with a smile on your face.

TO MAKE RUM SAUCE (Makes about 1 cup):
Melt butter in A heavy medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add cream, sugar and salt. Bring to a boil, stirring until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat. Stir in rum. (This can be prepared 2 days ahead. Cover and refrigerate. Rewarm over low heat, stirring constantly.)

Serves 6 to 8.

======Tim and Sheila Culey ======

Mama D's Banana Bread

  • 1 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 cup bananas, mashed
  • 1/2 cup milk
Sift first five ingredients. Combine egg, bananas and milk. Stir into dry ingredients just until blended. Pour into a buttered loaf pan and bake at 350°F for 50 minutes (time may vary according to oven). Remove from pan and let cool with love and patience on wire rack.

Note: This is actually my mother-in-law's recipe - and it's a no fail wonder! It's the first and only banana bread I've ever made that turns out every time. Hope you all give it a try.

From: John Darrock

Episcopalian Banana Bread

  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs, well beaten
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup oatmeal
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 cups mashed bananas
Mix everything in one bowl and stir it up. In greased and floured bread pan, bake at 350°F for 50-60 minutes (be patient, you rascal).

Tim D. Culey
Baton Rouge, La.
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