The Bread Pudding at ‘Ohana is considered by many to be one of the best desserts on Walt Disney World property… it is so warm, sweet and delicious.  Perfect comfort food.  Here are some pictures of the actual dessert at Walt Disney World.

When I have dinner at ‘Ohana, I make sure I don’t eat too much of the meat and side dishes (even though this is hard to do!) because I would be very sad if I were too full to eat my bread pudding! 

The good thing is that this dessert is very easy to make at home.  Here is a peek at the ingredients.

First, preheat your oven to 350 degrees.  Then, get the biggest mixing bowl you have and whisk together 5 large eggs, 1/2 tsp salt, 1 1/2 cups sugar, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg and 3 cups whole milk. 

Next, cut up one loaf of challah bread into 1/2 inch cubes (about 10 cups).   Add these bread cubes to the milk mixture along with 8 oz of canned crushed pineapple (drained).   The recipe calls for 1/4 cup of sweetened shredded coconut and an optional 1/4 cup of raisins, but I decided to omit both of those ingredients.   Stir to combine ingredients.

Then pour the mixture into a buttered (or sprayed) 13x9x2-inch pan. 

Bake 1 hour and 10 minutes.  After baking, let it stand for 5 minutes. 

While the bread pudding is baking, make the bananas foster sauce.  In a medium pan over high heat, combine 1 cup brown sugar, 1/2 cup corn syrup, 1/2 cup unsalted butter and 1/2 cup heavy cream.  

Bring this to a rolling boil.

Boil for 10 minutes and then add another 1/2 cup heavy cream.  Boil 1 more minute. 

This is where it gets a little tricky… adding alcohol to the sauce.  For safety, take your pan off of your heat source.  Add 1 tsp vanilla extract and 1/2 cup spiced or dark rum.  Flambe using a long-stemmed lighter.  Let boil until the flame goes out.  When I tried to light the mixture, nothing seemed to happen.  So, I stirred it up and tried again… whooosh… big flame.  Be careful!  I don’t have a picture because it is impossible to flambe a sauce and take a picture of it at the same time… safely at least  :)

When the flame goes out, return the pan to the heat and simmer.  Stir with a heatproof spatula.  Add 3 bananas that you have peeled and sliced.  Remove from heat.

Now for the good part… take a huge slab of pudding and put it on a plate.  Then douse liberally with the bananas fosters sauce and top with a large scoop of vanilla ice cream.  Yum!  The taste is very close to the bread pudding at ‘Ohana. 

Make this tonight.  You know you want to :)

What do you think of the Bread Pudding at ‘Ohana?  Would you make it at home?

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