Caramel Rum and Banana Bread Pudding

I won’t claim my banana bread is the best ever. I will say it’s very good, not dense and not too banana-y and it’s also the base for one of my favorite fall desserts: banana bread pudding. Think banana bread piled high with a rich vanilla bean custard and made spoon-licking with a dark rum caramel sauce.


Let’s not jing-jang around with this one. Make this. Yeah, its a little more labor intensive because you have to make the banana bread then cube it and dry it out, but it’s worth it. 

If time is an issue make the banana bread up to three days in advance and the dark rum caramel sauce up to two weeks in advance. Now you have no excuse. I’ve just helped you manage the time on this one. . . um, so says the girl who still hasn’t found time to pull down her Halloween decorations. 

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Caramel Rum and Banana Bread Pudding

Yield: Makes one 9x9 pan or 6-8 eight oz. ramekins


Caramel Rum Sauce

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 tablespoons water
  • 4 tablespoon butter
  • 1/4 c heavy cream
  • 3 tablespoons dark rum

Banana bread

  • 2 1/2 cups unbleached, all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon soda
  • pinch of salt
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted and cooled
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/3 buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups bananas, mashed with peas size lumps (about 3-4 medium bananas)


  • 3 eggs
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 3 tablespoon dark rum
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste (or vanilla extract)
  • 3 medium banans sliced



Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly butter pan or ramekins.

Caramel rum sauce (make up two weeks ahead)

  1. Place sugar and water into a saucepan over medium low heat and stir the until sugar has dissolved. Dissolve any crystals forming on the side with a wet pastry brush.
  2. Once sugar has dissolved increase heat to high. Do not stir the mixture directly. Now and then, using the handle, give the pot a swirl to keep the mixture moving. The mixture will start to bubble after a minute or so. After 3-4 minutes the mixture will turn from a light amber to medium amber and then finally to a dark reddish brown color. Once the mixture starts to smoke, add the butter and heavy cream. The mixture will bubble wildly. Allow mixture to cool for ten minutes before adding dark rum. Add dark rum and whisk to combine. Set aside to cool completely.

To make banana bread (make up to three days ahead)

  1. Place flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a bowl and whisk to combine; set side.
  2. In a separate bowl combine eggs and sugar then whisk until well combined and mixture becomes thick and light in color, about 1 minute. Drizzle cooled butter into mixture and whisk to combine. Add oil and buttermilk to mixture then whisk to combine. Add vanilla extract and mashed bananas and whisk to combine.
  3. Butter the bottom of a 9x5 loaf pan and pour batter into it. Bake at 350 degrees F or until inserted tooth pick from the center of the loaf comes out clean. Remove from oven and cool completely.
  4. Slice and cube cooled banana bread. Spread banana bread cubes on a bake sheet and toast until bread cubes feel dry but not hard. Cool completely on bake sheet. (If making ahead store banana bread cubes in plastic bag).

To make pudding

  1. Add sugar, eggs and salt to a bowl and whisk to combine; set aside.
  2. Add heavy cream and whole milk to a small sauce pan and bring to a simmer. Slowly add egg mixture into cream mixture with one hand while continuously whisking the combined mixture with the other. Add in vanilla bean paste and rum and whisk to combine. Strain mixture.


  1. Place on a single layer of banana bread cubes in pan or ramekins. Place sliced bananas on top and then cover banana slices with half of caramel rum sauce. Place second layer of bread cubes down. Pour custard all over assembled pan or pour evenly among ramekins. Let stand for 15 minutes, occasionally pressing down bread to absorb pudding. Place pan or ramekins in a larger pan with water filled half way up. Cover water-filled pan with foil and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Remove foil and bake for another 3o minutes for ramekins and another 4o minutes for 9x9 pan. Serve while hot with a light dusting of confectioner sugar and drizzle remaining half of  caramel rum sauce top.

A few notes:

  • You can make this in on 9x13 pan or in little ramekins. The pots featured in the picture are Staub's mini cocotte and are about 8oz. in size.
  • I used vanilla bean paste since I find it more flavorful than vanilla extract, but if vanilla paste is not readily available where you are vanilla extract will work just fine.
  • Of course to keep this non-alcoholic, skip the rum.
  • For a step by step tutorial to making caramel sauce, click here. 
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30 Responses to “Caramel Rum and Banana Bread Pudding”

  1. #
    Ali | Gimme Some Oven — November 12, 2012 @ 9:07 am

    Mmmm, I love a good bread pudding. That caramel (and rum!) sounds heavenly. :)


  2. #
    Ste — November 12, 2012 @ 10:12 am

    Wow, that’s delicious!I have to try your banana bread never had one! ;)


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    Averie @ Averie Cooks — November 12, 2012 @ 12:21 pm

    So many layers of flavors going on and I give you props on making banana bread, only to deconstruct it. A labor of love and totally worth it by the looks of this!


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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — November 12, 2012 @ 1:22 pm

    Mmm such an awesome looking treat!


  5. #
    Abby@ The Frosted Vegan — November 12, 2012 @ 1:39 pm

    I’m not usually a huge bread pudding girl, but THIS I could get down with!


  6. #
    Ashley — November 12, 2012 @ 2:52 pm

    Absolutely love this! I’m a huge bread pudding fan and to layer it with bananas + caramel sounds out of control. They probably taste even better eaten out of those mini skillet pans!


  7. #
    Liz — November 12, 2012 @ 3:15 pm

    I’m always so excited to check out your posts. Love this combination, especially with the Caramel Rum sauce. Nice! :)


  8. #
    Sukaina — November 12, 2012 @ 4:10 pm

    You do it time and time again. I love coming here and seeing your gorgeous concoctions :)


  9. #
    Villy @ For the love of Feeding — November 12, 2012 @ 5:50 pm

    How delicious!


  10. #
    Courtney Whitmore — November 13, 2012 @ 4:35 am

    Oh my WORD! I love banana bread. My husband loves bread pudding. THUS, this is our dessert made in heaven. I must make it STAT!


  11. #
    Adri {Food-N-Thought} — November 14, 2012 @ 3:34 am

    bread pudding is my absolute weakness when it comes to desserts… I just want to bite the screen right now.


  12. #
    Loretta | A Finn In The Kitchen — November 14, 2012 @ 3:42 pm

    This looks like such a cozy dessert! Just perfect for this weather we’ve been having…


  13. #
    Vanessa — November 14, 2012 @ 10:05 pm

    You are a blogging machine! Loving these photos. Especially that background. Keep up the amazing work. <3


  14. #
    Katie — November 15, 2012 @ 5:21 pm

    Hi there – do you think this could be prepared a day ahead and then warmed up?


    • Naomi replied: — November 19th, 2012 @ 12:25 am

      Hi Katie,

      Yes, absolutely. I had some leftover and reheated it the next day and it was still as good as the day it was made.


  15. #
    Elena — November 16, 2012 @ 4:34 pm

    Delicious! I think this would be ideal to serve with Thanksgiving dinner!


  16. #
    Elizabeth @ Confessions of a Baking Queen — November 17, 2012 @ 2:26 am

    Seriously I am drooling all over my computer!! This looks amazing!!


  17. #
    Andrea — November 19, 2012 @ 3:50 am

    Oh man, does this look good! I have what is probably a stupid question but am asking to be clear … The notes before the recipe say you can use a 9×13 pan or individual ramekins and the recipe itself says you can use a 9×9 pan or individual ramekins… Question is, can you use either the 9×9 or the 9×13 when making one pan ?


    • Naomi replied: — November 21st, 2012 @ 12:02 am

      Hi Andrea,

      Yes, your bread pudding will just be slightly taller. I would up the bake time by 5-10 minutes.


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    kita — November 25, 2012 @ 7:09 pm

    Yeah – Im just going to sit in my corner of delusion and believe you posted this one just for me. My BF hates banana bread but I love it. And I love bread pudding – which he also hates. Simple – more for me. :D


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    Aylin — November 28, 2012 @ 9:17 pm

    You can bake your bread in any type pan you have. The cooking time will plbbaoirity have to be adjusted so keep a close eye on itI would not use a cookie sheet. you can even use a casserole. as long as it has deep sides so your bead can raise.


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    Kari — November 30, 2012 @ 8:05 am

    You can use almost any pan but cnooikg times will vary depending on the thickness of the bread. Lower the oven temperature for thinner layers.There are other things you can use as well. Try an empty coffee can or a clay flower pot. Both work well.


  21. #
    Noshin — November 30, 2012 @ 8:06 am

    Just made it! Tastes awesome!!Two thgins firstly, how do I know its done properly? It was browned on top (see pic on fb) but possibly a little too moist in the centre. I baked it for 45min Secondly, how the hell do you get it out the pan??? LOL I ended up serving it in the 8 haha


  22. #
    Chase — May 9, 2013 @ 11:42 am

    Do you think it would work to use Kahlua instead of dark rum? I’m just not sure about this idea but I want it to work…


  23. #
    Shelly — July 4, 2013 @ 10:41 am

    How long does the banana bread bake? Can hardly wait to taste this! :)


  24. #
    Jimi — December 29, 2013 @ 3:30 pm

    I wasn’t sure if this would be like pudding or bread pudding. It was yummy and totally both in one. The bananas in the middle are awesome. I was out of rum flavoring but I think that would have been even better. Great way to use up the holiday banana bread.


  25. #
    Sonali- The Foodie Physician — November 16, 2014 @ 9:05 am

    Hi Naomi! I wanted to let you know that I included this in my Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup. It was almost impossible choosing just one of your desserts to include but in the end, I’m a total sucker for bread pudding!


  26. #
    Karina — February 23, 2015 @ 3:33 pm

    Interestingly in the bread machine can cook this bread?
    Very appetizing! Thank you for the recipe


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