Fair Trade Chocolate Bread Pudding with Banana Cream Sauce

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250 servings

Sourcing fair trade products highlight this dessert.


Fair Trade Chocolate Bread Pudding
2 lb. croissants (day old is best)
1 qt. whole milk
4 eggs
1/2 lb. white sugar
2 tbsp. cinnamon
1/2 cup vanilla
¼ lb. fair trade chocolate, melted
Banana Cream Sauce (recipe follows)

Banana Cream Sauce
1 lb. unsalted butter
1 lb. light brown sugar
2 cups fair trade cane sugar
1 whole orange
1 cup heavy cream
1 tbsp. vanilla
4 oz. marshmallow
1 lb. sliced fair trade bananas


  1. Tear croissants into 1-inch pieces, place in tub.
  2. Add milk, egg, sugar, cinnamon and vanilla to croissants. Mix well.
  3. Mix in melted chocolate.
  4. Place in greased loaf pan or full-size pan. Bake for 45 minutes at 300°F.
  5. Remove from oven and cool 20 to 30 minutes.
  6. Remove from pan; cut into 1-inch thick slices.
  7. Arrange on platter, pour Banana Cream Sauce over all.

Banana Cream Sauce

  1. Melt butter in saucepan.
  2. Add brown sugar; bring to boil. Add cane sugar.
  3. Split orange in half and squeeze juice into pan. Place orange in sauce and steep for 15 minutes; remove from pan.
  4. Add cream and bring to a boil.
  5. Add vanilla; simmer for 3 minutes and remove from heat.
  6. Melt in marshmallow and blend well into sauce.
  7. Fold in sliced banana and hold for service.
Source: Tulane University (Sodexo), New Orleans

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