banana bread pudding

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The Marvelous Reinvention of Banana Bread
If you've ever been seized by the urge to cut into fresh-out-of-the-oven banana bread before it's properly cooled, you'll love this casserole version of the beloved treat. You soak cubes of country bread in a creamy mixture of half-and-half, honey, cinnamon, eggs and mashed bananas; spread the mixture into a 9- x 13-inch baking pan and bake until golden brown. And, we know what you're thinking: Yes, you absolutely need to serve this with whipped cream.

Get the recipe: Honey-Cinnamon Banana Bread Pudding
smores casserole

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The Campfire Treat for a Cold, Rainy Night
Summer may have come to an end, but you can still enjoy ooey-gooey s'mores. And switching your game from outside to inside also means you can serve this delicious dessert to a crowd in no time. Just line a square pan with graham crackers, top with halved marshmallows, sprinkle with chopped chocolate and cover with more crackers and another layer of halved marshmallows. Bake for about 10 minutes and finish under the broiler for the perfect golden-brown crust.

Get the recipe: S'mores Casserole
mango chai rice pudding

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A Rice Pudding with Some Personality
Although this recipe was originally intended to be made in individual jars and served as breakfast, we made it in a big baking dish and served it for dessert—and were blown away by the results. It's creamy and delicious, lightly spiced with chai and sweetened with chunks of mango (a perfect ending to a spicy meal). Bonus: The dish contains brown rice, 1-percent milk and nonfat Greek yogurt, upping the nutrition quotient.

Get the recipe: Mango-Chai Rice Pudding
praline pecan bread pudding

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A Spoonable Alternative to Pecan Pie
Buttery-tasting pecans often show up in Thanksgiving desserts, but they're also fantastic in this slow-cooker bread pudding, which combines the crunchy nuts with cubed cinnamon-swirl bread. In just a few hours, a Crock-Pot can turn egg- and milk-soaked bread into a tender pudding that melts in your mouth.

Get the recipe: Praline-Pecan Bread Pudding