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Pastry chef Joanne Chang, proprietor of beloved Boston bakery and café Flour and author of the forthcoming cookbook Flour, Too, shares her banana bread pudding recipe brightened with honey.

Serves 8


  • Canola oil cooking spray
  • 4 cups half-and-half
  • ¾ cup plus 3 Tbsp. honey, divided
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp. kosher salt
  • 3 eggs plus 4 egg yolks
  • 3 very ripe bananas, peeled and mashed well with a fork (about 1¼ cups)
  • 6 cups 1 bread cubes (lightly packed), such as a rustic country loaf
  • 1 cup heavy cream


Active time: 30 minutes
Total time: 2 ½ hours

Preheat oven to 350°. Lightly grease a 9-inch x 13-inch baking pan or glass dish with cooking spray.

In a large bowl, whisk together half-and-half, ¾ cup honey, cinnamon, salt, eggs and yolks, and bananas until well incorporated. Stir in bread and set aside to let soak 15 minutes.

Transfer to prepared pan and spread out evenly. Bake until firm in the middle and golden brown around the edges, 45 to 55 minutes. Set aside to let cool, about 1 hour.

In a clean, large bowl, whisk cream and remaining 3 Tbsp. honey until soft peaks form. Serve bread pudding with whipped cream dolloped on top.


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