Prep 15 mins
Cook 1 hr
Low-fat milk can be thickened with flour, cornstarch or eggs to make creamy custards for sweet and savory dishes. Heating fruit in a nonstick pan with just a bit of sugar helps to caramelize the fruit's own natural sugars, enhancing its sweetness and adding a toasty note. Try it with apple, pear, peach or mango slices.
- 1⁄3 cup raisins
- 3 tablespoons dark rum
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
- 2 medium bananas, halved lengthwise, sliced crosswise into 1/2-inch pieces
- 4 tablespoons dark brown sugar
- 1 1⁄2 cups 1% low-fat milk
- 2 large eggs
- 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1⁄8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 4 cups French bread, 1/2-inch cubed
- In a small bowl, combine raisins and rum and let stand 10 minutes. Drain, reserving rum and raisins separately.
- In a medium nonstick skillet, melt butter over medium-high heat. When frothy, add banana slices and cook, stirring frequently, until lightly browned, about 3 minutes. Remove skillet from heat and add brown sugar and reserved rum. Return skillet to heat and cook until rum evaporates, about 30 seconds. Set aside.
- Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, whisk milk, eggs, granulated sugar, and cinnamon until blended. Stir in bread cubes. Let mixture stand 15 minutes, gently stirring a few times.
- Spray four 8-ounce ramekins with cooking spray. Stir raisins into bread mixture. Spoon half of bread mixture among ramekins. Spoon half of bananas over top. Repeat with remaining bread mixture and bananas. Bake until puffed and golden, 30 to 35 minutes. Let cool; serve warm or at room temperature.
I love this recipe because I never have anything besides skim milk (or more recently rice/almond milk) on hand. Since you suggested other fruits, I tried lemon preserves with the bananas and raisins, and it gave it much more grown-up flavor. I've tried it with just bananas and raisins, though, and it's very homey-heartwarming. I also sub in canola oil for butter because we don't buy butter/margarine/veg oil. Thank you!